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National Wildflower Week

2012 National Wildflower Week - Texas Highways

Across the nation, wildflowers growing beside highways, in gardens and elsewhere are valued for their natural beauty. And as Lady Bird Johnson once said, they “give us a sense of where we are in this great land of ours.” What better way to commemorate these beautiful features of our landscapes than getting outside or learning more about them?

During National Wildflower Week May 4 -10, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center offers guided walks in our lush gardens and at nature sites around Austin. We also provide on-site photo and educational opportunities for families. See the full schedule below, and learn more about ideas for celebrating this week across the country.

Why do wildflowers matter? Wildflowers and native plants help conserve water, reduce mowing costs, provide habitat for birds, butterflies and other wildlife and protect the soil from erosion. In addition, native plants can require fewer resources to maintain than plants that aren't native to a region. But many wildflowers nationally are in danger from habitat loss, invasive species and other factors. We hope you will enjoy participating in National Wildflower Week-related activities wherever you are and appreciate all that wildflowers have to offer.

Wildflower Center activities for National Wildflower Week

Spring Blooms Wildflower Walk
Tuesday, May 5, 10am - 11am

Phoebe Allen, a Wildflower Center docent, guides this walk highlighting spring native wildflowers in bloom.

Where: Wildflower Center
Logistics: Meet at the courtyard of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Cancellation due to inclement weather will be shared via social media.

Wildflower Walk: Making More Nature in an Urban Greenbelt
Tuesday, May 5, 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Lee Clippard, communications director at the Center, highlights wildflowers that bloom in urban environments such as this neighborhood greenbelt.

Where: Willowbrook Reach
Logistics: Meet at Willowbrook Reach at the corner of E. 40th St. and Willowbrook Drive, 78722. Cancellation due to inclement weather will be shared via social media, and by e-mail with registrants.

Sprouts: Wildflowers Taking Shape
Wednesday, May 6, 9:30am - 11am

Families with preschoolers can join Anjoli Fry, education coordinator at the Center,,to explore the world of plant parts and wildflowers by using shapes and patterns as the vehicle! Families also learn how a flower makes seeds and take a hand-held pollinator pal out for a wildflower walk to help with pollination.

Where: Wildflower Center
Logistics: Meet at outdoor classroom in the Center’s Luci and Ian Family Garden. Activities move into the Little House with inclement weather.

History and Blooms: Wildflowers at Jacobs Well Natural Area
Wednesday, May 6, 6pm – 7pm

Jeri Porter, volunteer at the Center and master naturalist, teaches about the wildflowers that grow in and around the artesian spring, creek, and limestone cliffs.

Where: Jacob’s Well
Logistics: Meet at Jacobs Well Natural Area, 1699 Mt. Sharp Rd. Wimberley, TX 78676. Cancellation due to inclement weather will be shared via social media, and by e-mail with registrants. Walk is limited to 20 participants.

Walk on the Wild Side: Explore Wildflowers of Blunn Creek
Wednesday, May 6, 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Dick Davis, land steward at the Center, leads an exploration of the native wildflowers that thrive along Blunn Creek.

Where: Blunn Creek
Logistics: Meet at trailhead across from Brothers of the Holy Cross Province Center located at 1101 St. Edwards Dr. Austin, TX 78704. Cancellation due to inclement weather will be shared via social media, and by e-mail with registrants. Walk is limited to 20 participants.

Parks & Patios for Pollinators
Thursday, May 7, 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Minnette Marr, plant conservationist at the Center, highlights the beauty of wildflowers while educating about plants that help pollinators needing food, shelter and host plants.

Where: Mary Moore Searight Park
Logistics: Meet at Mary Moore Searight Park, trailhead off Slaughter Rd. Cancellation due to inclement weather will be shared via social media, and by e-mail with registrants. Walk is limited to 20 participants.

Sprouts: Wildflowers Taking Shape
Friday, May 8, 9:30am - 11am

Families with preschoolers can join Anjoli Fry, education coordinator at the Center, to explore the world of plant parts and wildflowers by using shapes and patterns as the vehicle! Families also learn how a flower makes seeds and take a hand-held pollinator pal out for a wildflower walk to help with pollination.

Where: Wildflower Center
Logistics: Meet at outdoor classroom in the Center’s Luci and Ian Family Garden. Activities move into the Little House with inclement weather.

Wildflower Walk: Insects and the Flowers They Love
Saturday, May 9, 11am - noon

Samantha Elkinton, horticulturist at the Center, takes you along the trails of the Ann and O.J. Weber Butterfly Garden to see firsthand what pollinators use for their host plant, food source and shelter.

Where: Wildflower Center
Logistics: Meet at the Center Courtyard. Cancellation due to inclement weather will be shared via social media.

Wildflowers in the Family Garden
Saturday, May 9, 2pm – 3pm

Samantha Elkinton, horticulturist at the Center, provides fun facts about wildflowers in a walk that includes sniffing a flower that smells like chocolate!

Where: Wildflower Center
Logistics: Meet at Center Courtyard. Cancellation due to inclement weather will be shared via social media.

Wildflower Walk
Sunday, May 10, 11am - noon

Phoebe Allen, volunteer at the Center, discusses spring native wildflowers in bloom.

Where: Wildflower Center
Logistics: Meet at the Center Courtyard. Cancellation due to inclement weather will be shared via social media.

Wildflower Family Portraits
Sunday, May 10, noon – 3pm

Bring the whole family and have a family portrait taken by Kate Caudillo of Caudillo Studios with a backdrop of beautiful wildflowers. Photos printed on site for a fee depending upon the size.

Where: Wildflower Center
Logistics: Meet at Center Visitor Gallery. To sign up for a specific time call Caudillo Studios at 512-997-7429. Cancellation due to inclement weather will be shared via social media.

Wildflowers Revealed
Sunday, May 10, 2pm – 3pm

Dr. Karen Clary, plant conservationist program manager at the Center, helps you treat your mother to a garden stroll while learning about the many beautiful wildflowers in bloom on site.

Where: Wildflower Center
Logistics: Meet at Center Courtyard. Cancellation due to inclement weather will be shared via social media.

About National Wildflower Week

The first National Wildflower Week was launched in 1988 as the primary focus of the American Wildflower Society, which was founded the same year. At the request of Charles Spencer - to honor his mentor, Edward Piela, naturalist and botanist - the Wildflower Center became the permanent home of National Wildflower Week in 2003.

Some fun ideas on how to participate during National Wildflower Week include:

Participate in a Local Event

Chances are, there is a wildflower event happening in your neighborhood. Visit our National Organizations Directory (http://www.wildflower.org/organizations/) to find a native plant society, conservation group, botanical garden or other plant-related organizations in your neck of the woods.

Wildflower Walks and Garden Visits

Explore for yourself. Bring a field guide. Visit a sanctuary, state or local park, national forest or refuge, public or private garden, and other locations to experience the joy and beauty of wildflowers.

Wildflower Beautification Projects

Introduce native wildflowers along roadsides, in parks, and around church, public, and private buildings. Request government and private support for such projects. Encourage local nurseries and garden centers to stock native plants and seeds.

Celebrating Wildflowers

The national forests, national parks, national wildlife refuges, grasslands, and millions of acres of public lands are trulyamerica's wildflower gardens.  Celebrating Wildflowers' promotes the many programs featuring the important role that the Nation's public lands, over 630 million acres, play in providing diverse habitats for much ofamerica's flora. Visit http://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/index.shtml for more information.

For a full list of fun ideas on how to participate during National Wildflower Week.

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