Texas Wildflower Photos

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave., Austin, TX 78739
Tuesday, Nov. 4 through Sunday, Nov. 30

Come see beautiful images of Texas wildflowers chosen from 1,300 entries in the Wildflower Center’s Photography Contest. From a professional’s image of a wildflower-coated field near Independence to a close-up of an ocotillo bloom in Big Bend, the winners and runner-ups are bound to mesmerize. An added image was included based on 15,000-plus public votes. Enjoy these enlarged photos in the McDermott Learning Center through November, alongside an exhibit of felted wool sculptures.
2014 Photo Contest was held in partnership with Texas Highways magazine, and sponsored by Precision Camera & Video.
For exhibit details, visit: http://www.wildflower.org/exhibits or call 512.232.0100.

Nature Nights at Wildflower Center

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave., Austin, TX 78739
Resumes Thursday, July 10

The Wildflower Center on July 10 offers a free, family-friendly Nature Night about snakes. The Austin Reptile Service will display live snakes, while a park ranger leads a habitat hike in search of snake evidence. The Thursday night series continues July 17 with a focus on wildlife tracking. View wildlife print casts and other animal artifacts, and learn from the Capital Area Master Naturalists how to make take-home animal tracks. Nature Nights will conclude July 24 with a focus on birds of prey, including a live bird presentation from the Blackland Prairie Raptor Center. Visitors can also dissect owl pellets and experience other bird-related activities.

Nature Nights are sponsored by KVUE and H-E-B, which also provides free Wildflower Center admission the day of each Nature Night. For additional details about Nature Nights, visit: http://wildflower.org/nature/ or call 512-232-0100.

Wildflower Center Spring Plant Sale

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave., Austin, TX 78739
Public Sale Saturday and Sunday, April 12 and 13

The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center’s Spring Plant Sale & Gardening Festival provides the best selection of hardy Central Texas plants, shrubs and trees. Hundreds of different native plant species will be available. Enjoy guided garden tours at 11 a.m., 1 and 2 p.m. both days. Also meet artists and authors indoors in the afternoons, and kids can enjoy a plant potting activity throughout the festival and storytime indoors at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. both days.

Admission: $9 adults, $7 seniors and students, $4 UT affiliates with ID, $3 children, free for Center members and children under 5. For more information, call 512.232.0100 or get more details including a plants list at: http://www.wildflower.org/plantsale

Artists & Artisans Festival March 15 and 16

Blending artistry with nature, the Wildflower Center’s Artists & Artisans Festival the third weekend of March showcases more than a dozen artists who create hand-made jewelry, Texas mesquite lamps, nature photographs and more. Their art for sale will be showcased indoors 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 15 and 16, with opportunities to talk with artists all weekend. Meet artists in the store Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. and visit with sculptor John Christensen outdoors during the same time period Sunday and with Jules Buck Jones at his unique nature drawing exhibit indoors. Also see George Boutwell’s Texas-themed watercolors in the auditorium both days.

$9 adults, $7 seniors and students, $3 children 5-12, free for center members, younger children. For more information, call 512.232.0100 or visit: http://www.wildflower.org/artisans.

Wildlife Art, Nature-Inspired Sculptures

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
4801 La Crosse Ave., 78739
Through Saturday, May 31
Enjoy a beautiful painting exhibit indoors and serene sculptures on the grounds at the Wildflower Center while learning about native plants, visiting the café and store and other offerings. In “Primordial Patterns,” Jules Buck Jones captures owls and other wildlife in his edgy oils and watercolors. His works are inspired by mythology and more, and are on display through March 29 in the McDermott Learning Center. Fellow Austinite John Christensen has 10 of his nature-inspired abstracts in the Center gardens through May. Each of the renowned sculptor’s pieces is made from different materials, including limestone, resin, steel and bronze.
For admission prices and more, go to: http://www.wildflower.org/visit.

Luminations at Wildflower Center

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave., Austin, TX 78739
Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 14 and 15, 6 to 9 p.m.

We dress up our gardens for the holidays with thousands of luminarias and lights. Free admission with two canned goods for the Capital Area Food Bank. Enjoy live holiday music throughout each night, chances to get hugs from Frosty the Snowman, hands-on-crafts and much more for kids of all ages. Also enjoy Store book signings, and goodies from our café.

Sponsored by H-E-B, Classically Austin 89.5/KMFA and KUT.

For more information, call 512.232.0100 or go to: http://www.wildflower.org/luminations/.

Wild Ideas Shopping Event at Wildflower Center

Wild Ideas Shopping Event at Wildflower Center
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave., Austin, TX 78739
Friday, Dec. 6 through Sunday, Dec. 8

Find the perfect holiday gifts at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower’s Annual Wild Ideas. Receive a 20 percent discount off all merchandise in the Store daily in addition to free center admission. A dozen local artists will offer handcrafted jewelry, paintings and more Saturday and Sunday in the Visitor’s Gallery. Other activities include early bird gift specials Friday morning and Sunday afternoon, a throw and pillow show Sunday, and book signings.

Hours: Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Sponsored by Classically Austin 89.5/KMFA.

Free admission. For more information, call 512.232.0100 or go to: http://www.wildflower.org/holiday/.

Wildflower Center Goblins in the Garden

Boo! Time to dress in your Halloween finest for the Goblins in the Garden family festival. Children dressed as lady bugs or other nature elements can participate in a costume parade at 6 p.m. Visit the Punkin’ Patch to take family pictures with your camera, Trick or Treat around the gardens, explore the Haunted Tower, and go on bat scavenger hunt. Enjoy making a snake bracelet and other crafts and goodies from local vendors or the café. Kids twelve and under get a treat at The Store.
Sponsored by 93.3 KGSR and H-E-B.
Admission: $9 adults, $7 seniors/students, $3 children 5 – 12, members and children under 5 free. For more Goblins information, go to: http://www.wildflower.org/goblins/, or call 512-232-0100.

Wildflower Center Gardens on Tour

Take an exclusive look at Austin gardens that showcase fine garden design using wildflowers and native plants. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center’s beautiful gardens, including five private gardens, will be highlighted in this self-guided tour, with yards that demonstrate how to overcome a steep site with patio areas that have native plantings, sun and shade gardens that take drought into account, and conversation pieces such as a wall of maidenhair ferns. Exclusive sponsor: South Texas Money Management, Ltd. Media sponsors: Texas Highways and KUT.
$25 for a wristband to all gardens, $6 tickets for individual gardens. For tickets and other information, call 512-232-0100 or visit: http://www.wildflower.org/gardentour.