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Wildflower Hour

Wildflower hour 8 am Saturday with Tom Spencer on News Radio 590AM

Things get a little wild on Saturday mornings at KLBJ News Radio 590. That’s when Wildflower Hour is on the air featuring expert gardening advice with an emphasis on native plants. The format includes Mr. Smarty Plants, the season’s best native plants and occasional experts from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. It’s always informative and entertaining--every Saturday morning at 8:00 o'clock on Newsradio 590. Listen to past shows on www.590klbj.com.

Wildflower Hour Schedule

April 26 Elias Guerrero
Engelmann Daisy (Engelmannia persistenia)
May 3 Elias Guerrero
Fragrant gaillardia (Engelmannia persistenia)
May 10 Elias Guerrero
Texas yellow star (Lindheimera texana)
May 17 Elias Guerrero
Brown-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirtav)
May 24 Elias Guerrero
Scarlet clematis (Clematis texensis)
May 31 Elias Guerrero
Foxglove (Penstemon cobaea)

Wildflower Hour Archive

April 19 Elias Guerrero
Corepsis (Coreopsis basilis)
April 12 Elias Guerrero
Smooth bidens, Joaquin sunflower (Berlandiera pumila)
April 5 Elias Guerrero
Soft green eyes (Berlandiera pumila)
March 29 Elias Guerrero
Huisache daisy (Amblyolepis setigera)
March 22 Elias Guerrero
Devil's claw (Proboscidea louisianica)
March 15 Elias Guerrero
Death cama (Zigadenus nuttallii)
March 8 Elias Guerrero
Evening star rain lily (Pycnanthemum albescens)
March 1 Elias Guerrero
White-leaf mountain mint (Pycnanthemum albescens)
February 22 Elias Guerrero
Silky sophora (Sophora nuttalliana)
February 15 Elias Guerrero
White-top sedge (Rhynchospora colorata)
February 8 Elias Guerrero
Western peppergrass (Lepidium montanum)
February 1 Elias Guerrero
White flowered rosin weed (Silphium albiflorum)
January 25 Elias Guerrero
Dwarf zinnia (Zinnia acerosa)
January 18 Elias Guerrero
Ox-eye daisy (Borrichia frutescens)
November 2 Elias Guerrero
Straggler daisy (Calyptocarpus vialis)
October 26 Saralee Tiede
Wildflower Central
October 19 Elias Guerrero
Prairie fleabane (Erigeron modestus)
October 12 Elias Guerrero
Montezuma cypress (Taxodium mucronatum)
October 5 Elias Guerrero
Texas blue grass (Poa arachnifera)
September 28 Saralee Tiede
Wildflower Central
September 21 Elias Guerrero
Texas sacahuista (Nolina texensis)
September 14 Elias Guerrero
Devil's shoestring (Nolina lindheimeriana)
September 7 Elias Guerrero
Softleaf yucca (Yucca arkansana)
August 31 Saralee Tiede
Wildflower Central
August 24 Saralee Tiede
Wildflower Central
August 17 Elias Guerrero
Lindheimer's beebalm (Monarda lindheimeri)
August 10 Elias Guerrero
Canyon senna (Senna wislizeni)
August 3 Elias Guerrero
Jack in the bush (Chromolaena odorata)
July 27 Saralee Tiede
Wildflower Central
July 20 Elias Guerrero
Sanguine purple coneflower (Echinacea sanguinea)
July 13 Elias Guerrero
Big Bend beardtongue (Penstemon havardii)
July 6 Elias Guerrero
Mock-orange (Philadelphus ernestii)
June 29 Saralee Tiede
Wildflower Central, Nature Nights and a Nature Nights photo
June 22 Elias Guerrero
Knockaway (Ehretia anacua)
June 15 Elias Guerrero
Sand palafox Palafoxia hookeriana
June 8 Elias Guerrero
Scarlet penstemon Penstemon Trifolia
May 18 Elias Guerrero
Osage orange (Maclura pomifera)
May 11 Saralee Tiede
Gardens on Tour and other news
May 4 Elias Guerrero
American sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua)
April 20 Elias Guerrero
Desert willow (Chilopsis linearis)
April 13 Elias Guerrero
Antelope horns (Asclepias asperula)
April 6 Saralee Tiede
Wildflower Central
March 30 Ask Mr. Smarty Plants
Planting wildflower garden for August wedding
March 23 Elias Guerrero
Pine muhly (Muhlenbergia dubia)
March 16 Ask Mr. Smarty Plants
Most common wildflowers in Texas
March 9 Elias Guerrero
Kiss me quick (Portulaca pilosa)
March 2 Ask Mr. Smarty Plants
Planting wildflowers in Spring for Spring bloom
February 23 Elias Guerrero
White gaura (Gaura lindheimeri)
February 16 Ask Mr. Smarty Plants
Forecast for wildflowers from out of state
February 9 Elias Guerrero
Colorado four-o'clock (Mirabilis multiflora)
February 2 Ask Mr. Smarty Plants
Drug cartels on the bluebonnet trails
January 26 Elias Guerrero
Pyramid bush (Melochia tomentosa)
January 19 Ask Mr. Smarty Plants
Planting bluebonnets on the UT Campus
January 12 Elias Guerrero
Scorpion's tail (Heliotropium angiospermum)
January 5 Ask Mr. Smarty Plants
Wildflower Forecasts
December 29 On Break
Mr. Smarty Plants takes a holiday
December 22 Ask Mr. Smarty Plants
Amending soil when planting trees
December 15 Elias Guerrero
Desert rose-mallow (Hibiscus coulteri)
December 8 Ask Mr. Smarty Plants
Commercial soil amendments
December 1 Elias Guerrero
Golden canna (Canna flaccida)

About the Host

Tom Spencer, the host of Wildflower Hour on News Radio 590AM

Tom Spencer, the host of Wildflower Hour, is one of Austin’s celebrated media personalities and an inspired gardener. Spencer, who also hosts Central Texas Gardener on KLRU, is an award-winning documentary producer who excels in introducing new gardening topics.


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