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4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States

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October 2018

Fortlandia

October 21
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An event every day that begins at 12:00am, repeating until February 28, 2019

Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Free with Admission
Fortlandia kids

Your secret hideout awaits! Ten locally designed forts bring out the kid in everyone.

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Guided Garden Tour

October 21 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Sunday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until May 6, 2019

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

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Landscape Design Studios I & II

October 21 @ 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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Series: Drawing I – Short Form

October 23 @ 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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Sprouts

October 24 @ 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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Series: Botanical Illustration

October 24 @ 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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Forts by Moonlight Hike

October 24 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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$15

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

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Series: Watercolor — Basics and Beyond

October 25 @ 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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Fire & Water Walk (NEW)

October 25 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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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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Kokedama: Art Meets Botany in Japan

October 27 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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$15 – $75
Kokedama PHOTO Found Choe

Journey to a land of soil and moss (Japan!), where the art of Kokedama originates. This ornamental plant sculpture is a style of bonsai, where plants' roots are bound into a spherical form. Guest lecturer Young Choe will explain how Kokedama and Kusamono similar potted arrangements) are created and teach about their cultural history and significance. Attend lecture, workshop or both.

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Are You Strong Enough to Be My Plant?

October 27 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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$25
Habiturf lawn

Foot traffic, children at play, dogs with the zoomies and hot, dry summers — what's a yard to do? Find out what plants are tough enough to handle the heat, wear and tear in this new workshop taught by our Family Garden horticulturist. We'll point out low-maintenance plants that can survive and thrive in lived-in Texas landscapes.

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Texas Arboretum Tour

October 28 @ 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
COCO movie poster

Our Family Garden is transformed into an outdoor theater for Pixar's "Coco." Come early for Day of the Dead activities.

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November 2018

Migratory Birds in the Landscape

November 1 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Free – $10
Humming bird, salvia. By Bill Boyd

Join birders from Travis Audubon and horticulturists from the Wildflower Center on a walk focused on plants that migratory birds rely on for food and shelter.

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Landscape Management for Homeowners

November 3 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Resoration Research landscape

Tailored to those managing 5 to 50 acres of land, this workshop will cover a lot of ground. From seeds to weeds and pollinator-friendly to deer-resistant, Wildflower Center experts will explain how to establish and nurture healthy ecosystems with thriving native flora and fauna.

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Seasons in (Stop) Motion

November 10 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Join UT Austin and Wildflower Center Artist-in-Residence Katy McCarty for a stop-motion video workshop. Students will gather seeds, flowers and other natural treasures on a nature walk, learn stop-motion techniques, and produce their own works of video art. $75 per person. Members receive a discount; explore membership here. Ages 12 to 15 must be accompanied by an adult. Register  

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Botany X-Files (Canceled)

November 10 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 12:00pm on Saturday, happening 2 times

Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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$45 – $81
Purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)

Investigate what plants are on your plate and in those pills! Open to everyone; educators get CPE credit.

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Foraging for Native Edibles

November 17 @ 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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Fortlandia by Flashlight (Member Exclusive)

November 19 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Free

Sneak out after dark, throw a pebble at your best friend's window, and don't forget your flashlight! Join us for a members-only night hike to explore Fortlandia, play games and roast marshmallows.

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CLOSED

November 22
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One event on December 24, 2018 at 12:00am

One event on December 25, 2018 at 12:00am

One event on December 31, 2018 at 12:00am

One event on January 1, 2019 at 12:00am

Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Wildflowers in the Savanna Meadow

The Wildflower Center is closed for the holiday. We hope to see you soon!

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December 2018

Wreath Workshop

December 1 @ 9:00 am - 11:30 am
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One event on September 1, 2018 at 11:30am

Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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$45

Bring nature home for the holidays! Create a festive wreath or table centerpiece using native plants along with traditional holiday decorations.

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Wintering Birds of the Wildflower Center

December 4 @ 7:30 am - 9:30 am
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Free – $10
Yellow Rumped Warbler

Come "meet" the feathered residents and visitors of the Wildflower Center with expert birders!

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Holly Days

December 6 @ 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00am, happening 4 times

Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Join us in the Gift Store for special prices and extra festive happenings in the Wildflower Center Gift Store! Save 25% on nature-inspired gifts (all regularly priced merchandise) and enjoy giveaways, food sampling, artisans and more.

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Luminations

December 6 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 6:00pm, happening 4 times

Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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$10 – $15
Luminations_2017_Earl McGehee

Our annual tradition returns when the gardens are illuminated by thousands of luminarias and dazzling lights.

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January 2019

Winter Tree Fest

January 26, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Texas Arboretum sunrise winter tree fest

Celebrate trees in the Texas Arboretum with forts, climbing, walks with experts and more!

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February 2019

Children’s Book Fair

February 2, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Free With Admission
Lady Bird Johnson Reading to children

A literary adventure featuring children's authors and illustrators from Texas, favorite characters, story time, and bookworm-friendly activities.

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Moonlight Hike

February 19, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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One event on October 24, 2018 at 7:00pm

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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