The Lady Bird Johnson
Wildflower Center welcomes spring with its annual Wildflower Days
season from March 14-April 25, 2005. In addition to beautiful
blooms, the upcoming season includes long-time favorite events,
special book signings, and a US premiere - The Ladybird Chronicles.
Wildflower Days kicks off with The Ladybird Chronicles
by Jane Davenport. This open-air, outdoor art exhibit will make
its United States debut from March 10-April 27. The internationally
award-winning exhibit includes 30 six-foot-high photographic artworks
featuring the bugs and beetles of Australia's Wollongong Botanic
Garden. Ladybugs, known as ladybirds in Australia, are featured
in each of these photographs that blend art and entomological
An Artisans Festival is the season's first event
is on March 19 and 20, 2005, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. From fine art to
folk art, the best in natural forms will be on display. More than
20 artists and artisans will showcase their nature-related work
including metal work, painting, photography, pottery, and more.
Event highlights include a children's interactive mural painting
activity, educational discovery stations, walks and talks, and
entertainment provided by various local musicians.
Wildflower Days continues with the ever-popular
Spring Plant Sale and Gardening Festival held on April 9 and 10,
9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a special members-only preview sale Friday,
April 8, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. This plant sale boasts the largest
selection of native plants in Central Texas with some 300 species
and 23,000 plants from which to choose. Native plant experts are
available all day to help visitors make the best choices for their
This spring the Wildflower Center also welcomes five authors
for book signings.
|Jane Davenport, Ladybird Chronicles - Saturday, March 19
Melanie Gerth, Ten Little Ladybugs - Sunday, March 20
Michael Lind, Bluebonnet Girl - Saturday, April 9
Kathi Appelt, Miss Lady Bird's Wildflowers: How A First Lady
Changed America - Sunday, April 10
Susan Wittig Albert, Dead Man's Bones - Saturday, May 14
Finally, on Saturday, May 7, 2005, the Wildflower
Center will feature a NEW Austin Gardens Tour. Participants will
take an exclusive look into Austin's backyard native gems. The
tour includes six to eight homes.
Hours for the Wildflower Center are Tuesday -
Sunday 9am - 5:30pm.
From March 14 to April 25, the Center is open on Mondays as well.
Spring admission is $7 for adults, $5.50 for seniors and students,
and $2.50 for Children. Children 5 and younger, and members are
The Wildflower Center is located in southwest
Austin: Follow Loop 1 south, turn left on La Crosse Avenue, the
first light past Slaughter Lane. The Wildflower Center is two
blocks down on the right.
For more information on any of these events or
additional information on the Center, call (512) 292-4200 or visit