Wildflower Wire

Feburary 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.
Go Native U Sign-up Time
Learn fun plant facts, tour a cave and more

The Wildflower Center's spring educational offerings continue, and it's not too late to sign up for March offerings. A tour of the Center's cave occurs March 1 for families with 10- to 14-year-olds. A series to learn how to create your own native plant garden starts March 22. In the series, experts will explain how to holistically design your landscape, select native plants for your yard, install plants and hardscape materials, maintain your landscape, and deal with unwanted pests using integrated pest management methods.

The Center also offers six sustainable landscaping classes beginning the last Wednesday in March. Sign up for one class, or as many as you like in the native plant gardening series, and check out member and other discounts online for all classes.

Learn more and register



Web Feature:
Center’s tree, shrub planting tips
Cool, wet winter great for planting woodies

Center experts recommend planting trees in Texas when the ground is cool and wet in winter. And we off a Step-by-Step guide about how to do this as part of our many online educational offerings at wildflower.org. Use this guide that originally appeared in Wildflower magazine to get you started. You can also search our site for dozens of other gardening guides – including some in Spanish.

Learn to plant a tree
Browse for other educational tips  

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” opened Feb. 1 and 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 Center exhibits

Fall 2013 Giving
Thank you!

A big thank you to everyone who made a donation during our 2013 end-of-year fundraising campaign! Your generous gifts totaled $58,571.00, far exceeding our goal of $45,000. The Wildflower Center is self-supporting, so this funding is critical to the success of our education, conservation and research efforts.
We Love Our Members!
Specials throughout February

We count on our members' support to preserve the Center's gardens, woodlands and sweeping meadows and to ensure that our internationally influential native plant research continues. Members are so special that all of February we offer them exclusive promotions, giveaways and more!

Look for these membership deals this month:
  • discounted gift memberships to share with others;
  • 15 percent off a regular priced item at the Center Store from Feb. 1 through Feb. 7;
  • a sweet treat from the Wildflower Café;
  • the opportunity to bring extra guests to the Center for free;
  • free popcorn at the Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane location;
  • 2-for-1 admission to the Blanton Museum of Art for one week of new exhibitions;
  • Referral bonus! Bring a friend to sign up for membership and receive a beautiful wildflower gardening book, while your friend receives an extra month's membership!
Learn more about membership month
Read about membership
Holiday Sharing
Luminations guests generous givers

The Wildflower Center's holiday lighting celebration in early December pays it forward. During our holiday thank you to the community, we offer live holiday music, lighting and tree displays, and much more. In exchange, December Luminations attendees provided more than 7,000 pounds of food that the Capital Area Food Bank distributed to the needy. That equates to 6,110 meals. Thank you for helping us light up the holidays of many Central Texas families!

See Luminations 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, and 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

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants
Wisdom of winter wildflower meadow planting

I recently cleared some underbrush from a virgin pasture, with large oaks and mesquites scattered through it, and was wondering if it was too late to plant wildflowers? If not, what varieties of wildflowers could I plant to achieve a bloom this spring or summer? My ranch is located about 30 miles south of San Antonio. The soil is a red sandy loam. The area is about 3 acres and prepped for seeding.

Read Smarty Plants' answer

What's in Store

Feb. 1 through 7: During Members Appreciation Month, members receive an extra 5 percent discount this week only on top of the usual 10 percent one.

Feb. 8 & 9: Special group of bath and beauty items, candles, candies and assorted specialties reduced through February 14, Valentine’s Day.

Feb. 15 & 16: Final clearance pricing on men’s apparel.

Feb. 22 & 23: Spring Preview! Introducing 2014 Wildflower Days™ T-Shirts and Art Prints, PLUS the Family Garden Tee for kids, inspired by W. Gary Smith’s art.

Shop our online store

Coming in March:
Wildflower Days™ Begins
March 10 through May

With ample rain since last fall, the wildflowers are going to put on a great spring show, especially in the Center’s maintained gardens. And we’ll be open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily starting Monday, March 10 through May 31. Come check out our blooming gardens for your pleasure and to take pictures in our safe spots.

Come visit soon


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