Wildflower Wire

MARCH 2014    
The Wildflower Wire is a monthly e-newsletter for members and friends of the Wildflower Center. It includes upcoming events, Center news and membership specials. Gardeners, check out the Ask Mr. Smarty Plants section. Learn more about our e-newsletters.
Artists & Artisans Festival
Saturday and Sunday, March 15 and 16

A beautiful wildflower season is on its way — and the Wildflower Center's Artists & Artisans Festival is a great way to welcome spring the second weekend of March. Join 20-plus creators of everything from hand-made jewelry to nature paintings from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Artists will be inside the Visitors Gallery and in the courtyard, and George Boutwell will sell his fabulous prints in the Auditorium both days. Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. in The Store, talk with Barbara Atwell about her felted sculptures and have artist Joy Fisher Hein sign art prints and T-shirts for sale with her Wildflower Days™ image. And Sunday afternoon at that time, John Christensen talks with guests about his sculptures on the Center grounds, and artist Jules Buck Jones discusses his indoor exhibit of nature drawings.

See full festival details


Web Feature:
Get Those Pests

Cliff Tyllick is one of more than 2,000 volunteers trained by the Wildflower Center and its partners in the Invaders of Texas program to identify and report invasive species. Established in 2005, this citizen science program is doing its part to help stop the spread of the invasive plants, pests and pathogens that threaten Texas’ natural areas.

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Wildflower Days
Daily from Monday, March 10, through May 31

As Texas bluebonnets and other blooms decorate the grounds, the Center will be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day from March 10 through May. Visitors will get to see Jules Buck Jones’ exhibit through March 29, and enjoy a new family focused boutique in The Store. The first weekend in April brings the amazing 3-D watercolors of Shou Ping on site, and our Spring Plant Sale the following weekend provides expert advice and thousands of native plants to consider. And we open the Luci and Ian Family Garden May 4 to the public, the Sunday before our Mother’s Day weekend garden tour.

See upcoming event details

Nature-inspired Paintings, Sculptures
Through late March, May

Exhibits of the amazing works of two Austin artists continue indoors and on the grounds. Visit the McDermott Learning Center to take in the singular, edgy works on paper of Jules Buck Jones, who sees nature as a complex mash up of patterns. Jones creates colorful depictions of hawks, turtles and other wildlife in native landscapes. His exhibit runs through March 29.

Christensen’s exhibit of 10 abstract sculptures will be on the Center grounds through May. His nature-inspired works are made from resin, steel, bronze, limestone, concrete and other materials. The poetic pieces draw on natural science, metaphysics, literature and history.

Learn more about these exhibits

Spring Go Native U Offerings
Enhance your native know-how

The Wildflower Center’s spring educational offerings include a series to learn how to create your own native plant garden starting March 22. Learn from experts in this series of six classes how to design and maintain a garden that features beautiful Texas natives. On March 26, a series of six sustainable landscaping classes begins as well that covers sustainable choices you can make in hardscape, plant options and more. Sign up for one class, or as many as you like in the native plant gardening series, and check out class discounts online.

Learn more and register

Family Garden Fun
Learn more at Austin event booth

If you’ve been wondering what the Luci and Ian Family Garden will offer come May, our education staff and volunteers will answer garden questions at local events this month and next. And you can try your hand at nature play activities that relate to the garden’s offerings when you stop by. Look for the Wildflower Center booth at events starting in March at the SFC Farmers’ Market — Sunset Valley and Downtown and in April for the Austin Earth Day Festival.

Learn more about the Family Garden

Art of Nature Paintings
Through late May

Enjoy paintings of lace cactus and other native plants on the walls of The Store through late May. “Art of Nature” features watercolors and acrylics from Nettie Plueckhahn. The Austin artist specializes in hill country landscapes, colorful florals and still lifes. After earning a bachelor of fine arts in commercial art from Texas Christian University, Plueckhahn worked as a commercial artist. She started painting in oil and pastel before graduating from high school but soon switched to her current favorite media. Enjoy her colorful exhibit on-site through May 26.

Learn more about Plueckhahn

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants
Wildflower pickings in Austin?

Where is the best place to find wildflowers for picking near or in Austin around the end of March?

Read Smarty Plants' answer

What's in Store

March 1 through 7: During Volunteer Appreciation Week, volunteers receive a flat 20 percent off most in-store purchases when showing their nametags.

March 4: To celebrate the May opening of the Lucy and Ian Family Garden, a new Family Garden Boutique opens at the store that showcases educational games, toys & apparel — including the new “Magic Color” Family Garden commemorative T-shirt!

March 8 & 9: As Central Texans get into Spring Break mode, receive 20 percent off select sunglasses and hats, and 30 percent off a special selection of children’s items. Try a sampling of Savory Saltines too.

March 22 & 23: For a green lawn without using as much water, ask about our HabiturfR grass seed developed by Center staff. Save $10 this weekend on a 2 lb. bag.

March 29, 1 to 4 p.m.: Liz Scanlon signs "The Good Pie Party" and "Noodle & Lou."

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Coming in April:
Spring Plant Sale & Gardening Festival
Saturday and Sunday, April 12 and 13

Enjoy hundreds of native plant options for your landscape, kids’ activities and opportunities to take tours and talk to experts.

See plant sale details

Shou Ping Art
April 5 through May 25

The popular artist brings her 3-D watercolors to the Center the first Saturday in April, when she is on hand from 1 to 4 p.m. at her McDermott Learning Center exhibit.

Enjoy our spring exhibits


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