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4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States

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August 2018

Guided Garden Tour

August 19 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until September 2, 2018

Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Free with Admission
Carolyn Long leading a guided tour during National Wildflower Week

Tour our gardens and trails with a knowledgeable volunteer docent and learn about native plants and the history and architecture of the Center. Each of our docents bring their own special knowledge and interests to the tour, and sites change throughout the seasons. Free with admission to the gardens.

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Sprouts

August 22 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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Weekly, Wednesday & Friday, 10-11 a.m.
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Bring your little wildflowers to the Center for our weekly preschool program (ages 3-5).

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Luscious Landscapes (Watercolor Painting)

August 22 @ 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:30am on Wednesday, happening 7 times

Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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$199

Seven-week course presented in partnership with Contemporary Austin Art School. Transparent watercolor is the perfect medium for capturing landscapes. Create beautiful light patterns and establish a mood in your paintings by working in the studio as well as our gardens and natural areas. Some experience with watercolors is recommended.

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September 2018

Native Plant Gardening Series: Small-lot Landscapes

September 8 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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$45
Home owner inspiration garden, formal

Part of the Native Plant Gardening Series, this class is ideal for participants designing landscapes with one acre of land or less; perfect for designing yards and gardens. Take the classes individually or enroll in the entire series and save.

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Native Plant Gardening Series: Plants I

September 8 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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$45
Freshly showered Eryngo (Eryngium leavenworthii)

Part of the Native Plant Gardening Series, in this class students will identify and learn about a variety of plants native to Central Texas, unique growing characteristics of each, and how to choose the right ones for a garden. Take the classes individually or enroll in the entire series and save. This is one of our most popular offerings!

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Native Plant Gardening Series: Large-Scale Design

September 9 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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$45
Resoration Research landscape

Part of our popular Native Plant Gardening Series, this class is ideal for participants designing landscapes with one acre of land or more. Take the classes individually or enroll in the entire series and save.

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Series: Drawing I – Short Form

September 11 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Tuesday, happening 7 times

Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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$234

Seven-session course in partnership with Contemporary Austin Art School. You can draw! Practice with a new drawing medium in each session of this course. Throughout the course you will refine your technique while focusing on still-life and found objects in a supportive environment for beginners.

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Fire & Water Walk (NEW)

September 11 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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One event on October 9, 2018 at 11:00am

One event on November 13, 2018 at 11:00am

Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Free
Prescribed fire is one way to recreate the patchy, diverse environment that existed before human interference. PHOTO Lee Clippard

On this tour of the gardens and natural areas, discover how fire and water are used in managing plants and landscapes at the Wildflower Center. Learn about our impressive rain catchment system and cisterns and visit the research plots where prescribed burns are conducted. Free with admission to the gardens.

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Series: Botanical Illustration

September 12 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Wednesday, repeating until December 12, 2018

Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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$199
Virginia saltmarsh mallow

Seven-class series in partnership with the Contemporary Austin Art School. Enhance your drafting skills through drawing plant forms. Create detailed illustrations using a variety of papers with graphite, colored pencils, and ink. Enjoy and experience the native plants at the Wildflower Center by sketching flora in and out of the studio.

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Series: Watercolor — Basics and Beyond

September 13 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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$199

This six-session course is presented in partnership with the Contemporary Austin Art School. All levels welcome. Lessons will include wet-into-wet washes, wet-on-dry washes, color theory, composition, and ways to create glowing color like those you see in our gardens and natural areas!

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Dog Days of Fall

September 15
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One event on September 16, 2018 at 12:00am

Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Dog Days 2018, Dog in front of American beautyberry

We can’t accommodate pups at the Center on a regular basis, but we do love those wagging tails and slobbery tongues! So we’ve carved out a weekend for fur + flowers. Grab your canine bestie and head our way for fun, fur-baby-friendly activities.

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Native Plant Gardening Series: Plants II

September 15 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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$45
Texas lantana, Lantana urticoides. By Bruce Leander

In this continuation of our popular Native Plants Gardening Series, dig deeper into the topic of Texas flora. Learn about native plants and where to find them as well as resources to keep growing. Take classes individually or enroll in the entire series and save.

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Plant ID Walk & Learn

September 15 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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One event on October 20, 2018 at 1:00pm

Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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$35
Wildflower walk along Nectar Garden

Get to know your natives! Learn how to ID plants using a key and other observational techniques.

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Wildflower Tiles With Alcohol Inks (Beginner)

September 15 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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$50

Learn to create eye-catching wildflower ceramic tiles with alcohol inks and canned air using a unique technique! Go home with three charming tiles and a crafty new skill.

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Native Plant Gardening Series: Installation

September 15 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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$45
Field of Black-eyed susans PHOTO Lee Clippard

Part of our popular Native Plant Gardening Series, this class is ideal for those wanting to learn about site preparation, irrigation, planting best practices and mulch application for a healthy garden. Take classes individually or enroll in the entire series and save.

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Wildflower Crafts With Alcohol Inks (Intermediate)

September 16 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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$50

Love wildflowers, painting and adding to your crafty skill-box? Learn to make decorative tiles, magnets and a light switch plate using alcohol inks and canned air.

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Series: Watercolor — Basics and Beyond

September 20 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Thursday, repeating until December 14, 2018

Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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$199

This six-session course is presented in partnership with the Contemporary Austin Art School. All levels welcome. Lessons will include wet-into-wet washes, wet-on-dry washes, color theory, composition, and ways to create glowing color like those you see in our gardens and natural areas!

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Foraging for Native Edibles

September 22 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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One event on October 20, 2018 at 9:00am

One event on November 17, 2018 at 9:00am

Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
$25

Discover edible native plants you can forage and harvest in Central Texas.

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Native Plant Gardening Series: Maintenance

September 22 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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$45
Karen working in the field, by Bill Boyd

In this continuation of our popular Native Plant Gardening Series, gain knowledge of plant physiology, gardening tools, watering guidelines and more. Take classes individually or enroll in the entire series and save.

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Native Plant Gardening Series: Pest Management

September 22 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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$45
American beautyberry and inland sea oats

In this final installment of the Native Plant Gardening Series, learn to identify common beneficial and harmful insects in your garden. This class also covers pest management, treatment and safety practices. Take classes individually or enroll in the entire series and save.

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Austin Museum Day

September 23 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Free
Father and daughter explore the world from atop the Observation Tower.

Join us for activities all over the Center with story time, presentations, demonstrations and tours throughout the day. Free admission.

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Gardening for Newcomers

September 23 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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$45
Seed Silo Garden

New to Texas or just new to gardening? Come meet some natives and learn where to plant them and how to keep them healthy!

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Moonlight Hike

September 24 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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One event on October 24, 2018 at 8:00pm

One event on February 19, 2019 at 7:00pm

Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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$15
Moon rising through fall trees

Join us on an after-hours, moonlit hike throughout the gardens and the Texas Arboretum.

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The Plants That Shaped Texas (NEW)

September 29 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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$15 - $25
Wildflower walk along Nectar Garden

Texas landscapes range from lush and fruitful to rough and tumbling, and native plants have shaped life in the Lone Star State from past to present.

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Nature Creations: Bracelets

September 29 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Free
Mom and child at Sprouts

Nature is full of treasures and gems - why not wear a wildflower watch or a berry-bead bracelet? Go on a  discovery walk; observe the shapes, colors and textures of the season; and create a fun craft.

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October 2018

Native Bees of Texas

October 6 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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$45
Bumble bee on gayfeather, photo by Val Bugh

Why are native bees such a buzz-worthy topic? These magnificent, hard-working insects are diverse, fascinating and vital to landscapes. Learn about bee ecosystems, morphology, behavior and society, nesting habits, diets, and how to tell bees from wannabees (mimics). We'll talk conservation too!

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Fall Native Plant Sale: Members Only

October 12 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Purple coneflowers (Echinacea purpurea)

The Friday Fall Native Plant Sale is a special benefit to members, featuring more than 300 species of unique Texas native plants for sale.

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Fall Native Plant Sale: Public Day

October 13 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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American beautyberry and inland sea oats

The Saturday Fall Native Plant Sale features more than 300 species of native plants ready to make your garden look like Texas.

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Landscape Design Studios I & II

October 14 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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One event on October 21, 2018 at 12:00pm

Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
$125
Damianita blooms

This two-class course takes principles from our “Native Plant Gardening: Landscape Design” into a studio environment with guidance from an expert horticulturalist.

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Texas Arboretum Tour

October 14 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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One event on October 28, 2018 at 1:00pm

One event on November 11, 2018 at 1:00pm

One event on December 2, 2018 at 1:00pm

One event on December 16, 2018 at 1:00pm

Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Free
The Arboretum Trail gets sun-kissed. Photo: Wildflower Center.

Get your steps in while exploring the wonders of native trees (plus shrubs, grasses, flowers and more) in our Texas Arboretum, one of the most shaded trails at the Wildflower Center. Walks will focus on native flora and Texas history, and you'll likely see feathered friends along the way.

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Series: Nature and Abstract Drawing

October 30 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Tuesday, happening 7 times

Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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$199

Seven-week course In partnership with Contemporary Austin Art School. Learn how to create abstract drawings using natural forms as inspiration. Class will start plant and natural element studies and discover how to transform these representational objects into abstract formal compositions reflecting the individual.

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Movies in the Wild: Coco

October 31 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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$8 - $12

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema and the Wildflower Center are coming together to transform the Family Garden into a theater! Spread your blanket or set up chairs on the Play Lawn and enjoy "Coco," a vibrant, adventurous family film from Pixar inspired by the Mexican Day of the Dead tradition. Costumes are welcome! Come early for crafts, treats and surprises. 

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