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National Wildflower Week

May 2, 2016 @ 9:00 am - May 8, 2016 @ 5:00 pm

National Wildflower Week is May 2 – 8, 2016!

Across the nation, wildflowers growing beside highways, in gardens and elsewhere are valued for their natural beauty. As Lady Bird Johnson once said, they “give us a sense of where we are in this great land of ours.”

What better way to commemorate these beautiful features of our landscapes than getting outside or learning more about them? We encourage you to stop, smell and celebrate wildflowers with us always, but we are offering extra special activities this week!

Wildflower Center activities are listed below, but most programs require REGISTRATION. Register at: http://www.wildflower.org/nww/

All events are at the Wildflower Center unless otherwise noted.

Regular admission applies throughout the week and supports our efforts in conserving, restoring, and creating healthy landscapes.

Tuesday, May 3

Walking Among Wildflowers: 10 a.m.-11 a.m.
Explore the gardens and learn about the beautiful wildflowers in bloom and the history of the Wildflower Center. Hear about Mrs. Johnson and the efforts she put forth to make the Wildflower Center a reality. Learn about current research programs, conservation efforts, and landscape design projects. Free with admission.

Wednesday, May 4

Birds & Blooms: 8 a.m.-10 a.m.
Learn about the wildflowers growing at the Wildflower Center along with the birds that make the Wildflower Center their home. Hike the lesser traveled trails experts from the Audubon Society and Wildflower Center. Space is limited.

Sprouts: Wildflowers Taking Shape: 10 a.m.-11 a.m.
Families with preschoolers can explore the world of plant parts and wildflowers by using shapes and patterns! Learn how a flower makes seeds and take a hand-held pollinator pal out for a wildflower walk.

Watershed Walk: Botany of Boggy: 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
Meets at: 808 Nile St – 808 Nile Street, Austin, TX 78702
This special lunchtime walk is hosted by the City of Austin Watershed Protection Department. Join City of Austin staff on a stroll along Boggy Creek to learn about its plants and a variety of treatments used on this portion of the creek including channelization, engineered restoration, and Grow Zones.

Flowers and More of the Violet Crown Trail : 6 p.m.-8 p.m.
Are there violets along the Violet Crown Trail? Join the Hill Country Conservancy and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center on this 2 hour hike along a future segment of the Violet Crown Trail to find out. Learn about the history, future, and plants of the trail as you walk with experts. Space is limited.

Saturday, May 7

Wildflowers of Spring Lake Preserve: 9 a.m.-11 a.m.
Spring Lake Preserve is known for its nesting Golden Cheeked Warblers and is home to many spectacular wildflowers. Spend the morning walking the preserve and learning about the wildflowers from our experts. Group meets in San Marcos; see the main page for details.

Sprouts: Wildflowers Taking Shape: 10 a.m.-11 a.m.
Families with preschoolers can explore the world of plant parts and wildflowers by using shapes and patterns! Learn how a flower makes seeds and take a hand-held pollinator pal out for a wildflower walk.

Sunday, May 8

Flowers for Mom: 11 a.m.-12 p.m
Treat your mother to a garden full of flowers for this Mother’s Day. Join Dr. Karen Clary, plant conservationist program manager at the Center, on a garden stroll. Learn about the variety of wildflowers native to Central Texas.

Walk on the Wild Side: Explore Wildflowers of Blunn Creek: 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Meets at: 1101 St. Edwards Dr. Austin, TX 78704
Volunteer efforts in Blunn Creek Nature Preserve include wildflower seed plantings, tree plantings, and invasive species removal. Hike the trails us to see how the efforts of the volunteers are resulting in more wildflowers and native plant diversity within this urban preserve. Space is limited.

All wildflower field guides are 10% off at the Store all week.

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Start:
May 2, 2016 @ 9:00 am
End:
May 8, 2016 @ 5:00 pm

Venue

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
4801 La Crosse Ave
Austin, TX 78739 United States

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