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Wildflower Center

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4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States

The place to be!

April 2019

Gardening for Wildlife

April 20 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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$95
A male American goldfinch feeding atop a coneflower in the genus Echinacea. Foraging wild birds benefit the most from access to native plants. Photo by: Chad Horwedel

Ready to make your yard, garden or land a paradise for native wildlife? Learn how to use native plants to support robust ecosystems and provide habitat for birds, butterflies, bees and more.

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Guided Garden Tour

April 20 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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An event every day that begins at 10:00am, repeating until August 31, 2019

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.

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Series: Nature and Abstract Drawing

April 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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$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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Sprouts

April 24 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
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Weekly, Wednesday & Thursday, 10-11 a.m.
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Free With Admission

Bring your little wildflowers to the Center for our weekly preschool program (ages 3-5).

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Series: Botanical Illustration

April 24 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Wednesday, repeating until March 7, 2019

One event on March 27, 2019 at 10:00am

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One event on April 10, 2019 at 10:00am

One event on April 17, 2019 at 10:00am

One event on April 24, 2019 at 10:00am

One event on May 1, 2019 at 10:00am

One event on May 8, 2019 at 10:00am

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

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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Drawing I: Short Form

April 25 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Thursday, repeating until May 10, 2019

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

You can draw! Practice with a new medium in each session of this course. Start simple and refine your technique in a supportive environment for beginners.

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Exhibit: Such Lonely Country

April 27
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An event every day that begins at 12:00am, repeating until May 19, 2019

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

View Katy McCarthy’s exhibit, part of the St. Elmo Arts Residency, in our McDermott Learning Center. Open Daily 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Exception: Not accessible when classes are taking place in the building. During her time in Austin, Katy has been closely reading the diaries of early 20th century botanist Mary Sophie Young, who explored and collected plant specimens around Texas. Young’s eloquent passages about getting lost, loneliness, and the vast landscape of Texas mirror McCarthy’s experience. Based on her research,…

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Art Opening: Such Lonely Country by Katy McCarthy

April 27 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
Free With Admission

Join in for the opening of Katy McCarthy's exhibit in our historic McDermott Learning Center. Refreshments will be served and the artist will be available for questions.

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Milkweeds for Monarchs (NEW!)

April 27 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
$45
Asclepias tuberosa, butterfly milkweed

Come learn with our expert conservationist and propagation specialist and get empowered to power the migration with homegrown native milkweeds. 

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Wild Tales of the Texas Terrain (NEW!)

April 28 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
$25
Tobusch Fishhook Cactus

Many a rough and tumble writer or tall tale teller has been inspired by Texas' tough yet lovely landscapes. Try your hand at some lone star poetry and prose of your own with instructor guidance. 

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“The Guardians” Showing & Panel

April 28 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
$15

In collaboration with the National Wildlife Federation we present "The Guardians," a film depicting modern day in Mexico's Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve and the community's struggle to protect their vital forestland. Expert panel discussion to follow the screening. 

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Tuesday Twilights (Open Late)

April 30 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:00pm on Tuesday, repeating until May 14, 2019

Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
Regular Admission
Twilight at the Wildflower Center

More hours for flowers! We're staying open until 8 p.m. from March 19 - May 28.

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May 2019

Spring Dinner Party

May 3 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
Spring Dinner Party

An exclusive dinner among the glorious spring gardens

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Pollinator Gardening Series

May 4 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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One event on May 11, 2019 at 9:00am

Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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$45 – $170
Bumble bee on gayfeather, photo by Val Bugh

Learn about food sources, shelter and host plants for Central Texas pollinators in this four-class series (individual class enrollment available).

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Foraging for Native Edibles

May 4 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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One event on May 4, 2019 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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Milkweed Madness (NEW!)

May 4 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
Free With Admission
Monarch butterfly

Monarchs! These winged beauties migrate twice a year between Mexico and Canada and are facing great challenges. Drop in and learn what you can do to help.

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Class: Native Plants to Dye For – NEW!

May 5 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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$45

Celebrate the season of spectacular colors with your own plant-dyed fabrics!

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Writing From a Bug’s-eye view

May 5 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
$10 – $12
Children playing in Dinosaur Creek

Kids are natural storytellers when it comes to imagination and perspective. In this nature writing workshop, get down low to learn what only bugs know! We'll make our way through the gardens on an imaginative storytelling adventure for grades 2-4. Register $10 per child $12 per adult includes admission Members receive a discount on registration. Learn more about membership here.

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Plant ID Walk & Learn

May 11 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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One event on May 11, 2019 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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Mother’s Day Brunch

May 12 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
$75
Humming bird, salvia. By Bill Boyd

Brunch delicacies and wildflower views in our Great Hall

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Migratory Birds in the Landscape

May 16 @ 7:30 am - 9:30 am
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One event on May 16, 2019 at 7:30am

Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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$15
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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June 2019

Camp Wildflower

June 3 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 9:00am on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, repeating until July 26, 2019

Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
Landscape design class during Camp Wildflower

At Camp Wildflower, children become conservationists, botanists, horticulturists, citizen scientists and ecologists as they explore native plants and the environment.

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Nature Nights: Arachnids & Insects

June 6 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Free

Free family fun with a new theme each week!

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Nature Nights: Geology, Fossils & Caves

June 13 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Free
Family Caving, PHOTO Tanya Zastrow

Free family fun with a new theme each week!

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Nature Nights: Life on the Prairie

June 20 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Free
Wildflowers in the Savanna Meadow

Free family fun with a new theme each week!

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Nature Nights: Birds of Prey & Reptiles

June 27 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739 United States
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Free
Athena the owl

Free family fun with a new theme each week!

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