Posted by: Sandy Steinman | May 1, 2015

National Wildflower Week May 4-10 In Texas

Press Release Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

National Wildflower Week Fun May 4-10

EVENT: The value and beauty of native wildflowers will be celebrated in honor of National Wildflower Week at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center with guided walks in Central Texas on weeknights and on the weekend, and on-site educational and photo opportunities.

WHEN: Monday, May 4, through Sunday, May 10.

WHERE: In the gardens at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, at Blunn Creek and elsewhere around the Austin area.

WHO MAY ATTEND: Activities are open to the public, including tours and photo shoot opportunities on Mother’s Day. Regular admissions apply for events held at the Wildflower Center. Registration is required for off-campus walks.

BACKGROUND: Wildflowers provide natural beauty in parks, along highways and elsewhere. But their value extends much deeper. 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. As Lady Bird Johnson once said, they “give us a sense of where we are in this great land of ours.” To honor the wildflowers that are an essential part of Texas’ historic landscapes, the Wildflower Center will offer the following expert-guided activities (activities last one hour unless otherwise noted):

Tuesday, May 5:  At 10 a.m. at the Wildflower Center, a spring blooms walk will be led by volunteer Phoebe Allen. And at 6:30 p.m., Center Communications Director Lee Clippard will provide a wildflower walk at Willowbrook Reach about nature in an urban greenbelt.

Wednesday, May 6:  At 9:30 a.m. (until 11 a.m.) at the center’s Luci and Ian Family Garden, families with preschoolers can join Anjoli Fry, education coordinator, for Sprouts programming to learn about the parts of wildflowers, why they make seeds and more. At 6 p.m. at Jacob’s Well, Master Naturalist Jerry Porter describes the history and blooms in this natural area (limited to 20 registrants). And at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Blunn Creek, Land Steward Dick Davis helps participants explore wildflowers there.

Thursday, May 7:  At 6:30 p.m. at Mary Moore Searight Park, Plant Conservationist Minnette Marr helps participants learn about native plants that help pollinators. Both walks are limited to 20 registrants.

Friday, May 8:  At 9:30 a.m. (until 11 a.m.) at the center’s Family Garden, Anjoli Fry will offer the Sprouts programming again for families with preschoolers.

Saturday, May 9:  At 11 a.m., Horticulturist Samantha Elkinton leads a tour about insects and wildflowers they love. And at 2 p.m., Elkinton leads a general tour about wildflowers in the gardens.

Sunday, May 10:  Noon to 3 p.m., Caudillo Studios will take family portraits in front of wildflowers at the center, with a fee depending on the size of prints wanted. At 10 a.m., Phoebe Allen leads a wildflower walk. And at 2 p.m., Dr. Karen Clary, director of plant conservation, will lead a Mother’s Day tour about the garden’s wildflowers.

LOGISTICS: To learn more about the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center’s National Wildflower Week and how to celebrate it wherever you live, visit http://www.wildflower.org/nww/. That webpage also has added event details, including weather cancellation notices and registration access for walks outside the Wildflower Center. For more information, call 512-232-0100. For admission prices and other visitation details, visit: http://www.wildflower.org/visit.

via Press Releases – Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.


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