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Tuesday, May 01, 2018
May 2018

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Organic Veggie Gardening 101 (Tue. 1 May, 2018 10:00 am - 12:00 pm)

natural gardenerOrganic Veggie Gardening 101

May 1, 2018

Linda Wall presents “Organic Veggie Gardening 101.” Have you ever wanted to learn how to grow your own food, but didn't know where to start? Linda will walk us through all the basics from soil prep, to raised beds, to planting in the right season. Linda grows much of her own food at her home in Spicewood, land that has been in her family for 4 generations – over 100 years! Growing up, her family raised all their own food, and you can watch her continue that tradition on her blog at TheRedneckHippie.com. In her role as horticulturist at the Natural Gardener, along with her consulting business (AustinGardenConsultant.com), she has helped many new gardeners get started over the years. She loves when they bring in "baby pictures" of their garden and hopes to see photos of yours soon, too. Come join us as Linda shares her extensive experience in a wonderful storytelling style.

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Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Sprouts (Wed. 2 May, 2018 10:00 am - 11:00 am)

Sprouts

 May 2, 2018

Bring your little ones to the Family Garden for our weekly Sprouts preschool program tailored for ages three to five. A Nature Play Guide will lead exciting expeditions of discovery. Each program includes a sensory activity, story, nature walk and of course, nature play! A new seasonal, age-appropriate theme is featured each week.

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Guided Garden Tour (Wed. 2 May, 2018 11:00 am - 12:00 pm)

ladybirdjohnsonGuided Garden Tour

May 2, 2018 

Tour our gardens and trails with a knowledgeable volunteer docent and learn about native plants and the history and architecture of the Center. Each of our docents bring their own special knowledge and interests to the tour, and sites change throughout the seasons. Garden tours are always free with admission to the gardens; inquire at the Admissions Kiosk!

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Texas Farmers' Market launches Wednesday Markets! (Wed. 2 May, 2018 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm)

texasfarmersmarketTexas Farmers' Market launches Wednesday Markets!

May 2, 2018

Due to increasing demand for fresh and local produce, Texas Farmers’ Market will be launching the only weeknight farmers' market within the City of Austin on May 2, 2018. The market will be held on Wednesday evenings from 5 to 8 p.m. in Mueller’s Browning Hangar, rain or shine. More than 40 local vendors are confirmed to join the Wednesday market, showcasing a wide selection of homemade products and a bounty of locally grown seasonal fruits, vegetables, sustainably-raised meats, and gulf seafood. The market is a producer-only market, meaning farms and ranches are inspected regularly to ensure the quality of products meet the standard that are being portrayed.

Qigong & Yoga (Wed. 2 May, 2018 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm)

ladybirdjohnsonQigong & Yoga

May 2, 2018

Carve out some time for self-care in the gardens with Qigong (pronounced “chee-gung”) and yoga, whole body and mind practices integrating physical postures, breathing techniques and meditation. Dr. Chelsea Xu will teach gentle rhythmic movements of the body to help reduce stress, decrease chronic pain, build strength, establish balance, and increase focus. Each session ends with guided meditation amidst nature’s tranquil evening sounds. This class is for ages 16 and up.

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Thursday, May 03, 2018

Guided Garden Tour (Thu. 3 May, 2018 11:00 am - 12:00 pm)

ladybirdjohnsonGuided Garden Tour

May 3, 2018 

Tour our gardens and trails with a knowledgeable volunteer docent and learn about native plants and the history and architecture of the Center. Each of our docents bring their own special knowledge and interests to the tour, and sites change throughout the seasons. Garden tours are always free with admission to the gardens; inquire at the Admissions Kiosk!

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Friday, May 04, 2018

Sprouts (Fri. 4 May, 2018 10:00 am - 11:00 am)

ladybirdjohnsonSprouts

May 4, 2018 

Bring your little ones to the Family Garden for our weekly Sprouts preschool program tailored for ages three to five. A Nature Play Guide will lead exciting expeditions of discovery. Each program includes a sensory activity, story, nature walk and of course, nature play! A new seasonal, age-appropriate theme is featured each week.

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Guided Garden Tour (Fri. 4 May, 2018 11:00 am - 12:00 pm)

ladybirdjohnsonGuided Garden Tour

 May 4, 2018

Tour our gardens and trails with a knowledgeable volunteer docent and learn about native plants and the history and architecture of the Center. Each of our docents bring their own special knowledge and interests to the tour, and sites change throughout the seasons. Garden tours are always free with admission to the gardens; inquire at the Admissions Kiosk!

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20th Annual Lavender Fest (Fri. 4 May, 2018 1:30 pm - Sun. 6 May, 2018 4:00 pm)

becker vineyards20th Annual Lavender Fest

May 5, 2018

Load up your car with your friends and family! It's a celebration of Lavender! Our 20th Annual Lavender Fest takes place Saturday, May 5th and Sunday, May 6th! Hours: Saturday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Sunday, Noon - 5 p.m. Lavender cooking demonstrations, lavender presentations, artisan vendors, lavender luncheons, concessions, music, and wine tasting will be taking place!

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Boots & Blooms (Fri. 4 May, 2018 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

ladybirdjohnsonBoots & Blooms

Friday, May 4th

As the State Botanic Garden and Arboretum of Texas, we feel it’s our solemn obligation to throw the biggest, brightest Lone Star party we can imagine to celebrate and further the conservation of native plants. We wanted to give you plenty of time to break in your Wranglers, dust off your Ropers and practice your two-step. Now mosey on over to your calendar and put a big Texas star on May 4, 2018 — when the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center presents our first Boots & Blooms celebration of bluebonnets, live oaks, country music and more. Go ahead and save that date, partner!

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Arts in the Park: Los Aztex (Fri. 4 May, 2018 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm)

BlancoArts in the Park: Los Aztex

April 20, 2018

Community members and visitors are invited to bring chairs or blankets to sit on and food and drink to enjoy while listening to the music.  Each series is a product of the work of the Arts in the Park Committee - a group of local volunteers with various levels of experience and knowledge of music and the arts.  The committee strives to bring a wide variety of musical genres to appeal to all musical tastes and expand our musical horizons.

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Saturday, May 05, 2018

20th Annual Lavender Fest (Fri. 4 May, 2018 1:30 pm - Sun. 6 May, 2018 4:00 pm)

becker vineyards20th Annual Lavender Fest

May 5, 2018

Load up your car with your friends and family! It's a celebration of Lavender! Our 20th Annual Lavender Fest takes place Saturday, May 5th and Sunday, May 6th! Hours: Saturday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Sunday, Noon - 5 p.m. Lavender cooking demonstrations, lavender presentations, artisan vendors, lavender luncheons, concessions, music, and wine tasting will be taking place!

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Gardening for Wildlife (Sat. 5 May, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm)

ladybirdjohnsonGardening for Wildlife

May 5, 2018

Ready to make your yard, garden or land a paradise for native wildlife? Learn how to use native plants to support robust ecosystems and provide habitat for birds, butterflies, bees and more. Discover how groundcover, water features and lighting affect livability. 

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Snakes of Central Texas (Sat. 5 May, 2018 10:00 am - 12:00 pm)

natural gardenerSnakes of Central Texas

May 5, 2018

Tim Cole, owner of Austin Reptile Service (austinreptileservice.net), presents “Snakes of Central Texas.” Are you squeamish about snakes? Do you want to learn more about our indigenous snakes and what makes them so special? Maybe you want to learn how to cohabitate safely with your slithery serpent neighbors? Come out for a special meet ‘n greet with some beneficial native Texas snakes. Tim will bring a display of live snakes while he talks about their life history, the exceptional role they play in our ecosystem, and snake safety. Bring the whole family, the kids will enjoy viewing and learning about these incredible creatures. Tim will bring coloring pages and word search puzzles for the kids. Tim Cole moved to Texas in 1985 to enjoy the herpetofauna and the warm weather. He is one of the founders and current vice-president of the Austin Herpetological Society; President of the Southwestern Center for Herpetological Research, Board Director with “Rattlesnake Preservation Trust” putting on “Lone Star Rattlesnake Days” and Board Director with “SnakeDays” in Sanderson TX. He is the owner of Austin Reptile Service whose motto is "Conservation by Education". He developed a state approved Herpetological Training Course for Animal Control Officers, conducts snake safety classes, AND he’s available for children’s parties!

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Guided Garden Tour (Sat. 5 May, 2018 11:00 am - 12:00 pm)

ladybirdjohnsonGuided Garden Tour

 May 5, 2018

Tour our gardens and trails with a knowledgeable volunteer docent and learn about native plants and the history and architecture of the Center. Each of our docents bring their own special knowledge and interests to the tour, and sites change throughout the seasons. Garden tours are always free with admission to the gardens; inquire at the Admissions Kiosk!

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Messina Hof Hill Country's Cinco de Mayo (Sat. 5 May, 2018 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm)

Messina HofMessina Hof Hill Country's Cinco de Mayo

May 5, 2018

Surround yourself in celebration at Messina Hof Hill Country's Cinco de Mayo Fiesta! Sip wine-aritas crafted with Messina Hof's award-winning wines and enjoy gourmet tacos from Mr. Meximum's Food Truck.

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8th Annual Derby Extravaganza (Sat. 5 May, 2018 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm)

bendingbranch8th Annual Derby Extravaganza

May 5, 2018

Bending Branch Winery will host its 8th Annual Derby Extravaganza on Saturday, May 5th. They'll serve their famous mint juleps made with Bending Branch Winery Single Barrel Blanc, a special bourbon-barrel aged Picpoul Blanc wine, as well as a selection of other award-winning wines.

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Antonelli's Cheese-y Sunset Boat Cruise (Sat. 5 May, 2018 6:00 pm)

antonellis2Antonelli's Cheese-y Sunset Boat Cruise

May 5, 2018

 Join us for our second Cheese-y Sunset Boat Cruise on Lady Bird Lake! Our cheesemongers, along with a wine expert, will walk you through an evening of delicious bites and delicious wines while we cruise off into the sunset. We'll be tasting some of our favorite cheeses and chacuterie paired with complimentary wine and finishing off with a lovely dessert. The event will start with bubbles and bites on the rooftop deck and will finish in an air-conditioned boat cabin with a seated wine, cheese and charcuterie pairing.

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Sunday, May 06, 2018

20th Annual Lavender Fest (Fri. 4 May, 2018 1:30 pm - Sun. 6 May, 2018 4:00 pm)

becker vineyards20th Annual Lavender Fest

May 5, 2018

Load up your car with your friends and family! It's a celebration of Lavender! Our 20th Annual Lavender Fest takes place Saturday, May 5th and Sunday, May 6th! Hours: Saturday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Sunday, Noon - 5 p.m. Lavender cooking demonstrations, lavender presentations, artisan vendors, lavender luncheons, concessions, music, and wine tasting will be taking place!

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Organic Veggie Gardening 101 (Sun. 6 May, 2018 10:00 am - 12:00 pm)

natural gardenerOrganic Veggie Gardening 101

May 6, 2018

Linda Wall presents “Organic Veggie Gardening 101.” Have you ever wanted to learn how to grow your own food, but didn't know where to start? Linda will walk us through all the basics from soil prep, to raised beds, to planting in the right season. Linda grows much of her own food at her home in Spicewood, land that has been in her family for 4 generations – over 100 years! Growing up, her family raised all their own food, and you can watch her continue that tradition on her blog at TheRedneckHippie.com. In her role as horticulturist at the Natural Gardener, along with her consulting business (AustinGardenConsultant.com), she has helped many new gardeners get started over the years. She loves when they bring in "baby pictures" of their garden and hopes to see photos of yours soon, too. Come join us as Linda shares her extensive experience in a wonderful storytelling style.

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Monday, May 07, 2018

Cake Pop Seasonal Class (Mon. 7 May, 2018 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

make it sweetCake Pop Seasonal Class

May 7, 2018

This is the next level in cake balls and students should have taken our cake ball class. Students in this class will be forming and decorating cake pops on sticks. This is a seasonal class, so the designs will change every season. Students will leave with the cake pops that they make in class.

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Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Plant Propagation (Tue. 8 May, 2018 10:00 am - 12:00 pm)

natural gardenerPlant Propagation

May 8, 2018

“Plant Propagation” with Neil Schmidt. It is simple and easy to propagate plants. Some of the most common ways plants are propagated or multiplied are by growing seeds, root division and stem cuttings. Neil will discuss which process is most appropriate for specific species. Do you have a favorite plant you want to share with friends or one you just can’t find anywhere to get more? Dividing plants and taking cuttings allow you to greatly increase the number of plants you have so they can be shared, sold or planted in the landscape. You never knew it could be so simple! Neil has experience working as Propagation Specialist for the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center and the Info Desk at The Natural Gardener. Let him get you started on your project!

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Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Sprouts (Wed. 9 May, 2018 10:00 am - 11:00 am)

ladybirdjohnsonSprouts

 May 9, 2018

Bring your little ones to the Family Garden for our weekly Sprouts preschool program tailored for ages three to five. A Nature Play Guide will lead exciting expeditions of discovery. Each program includes a sensory activity, story, nature walk and of course, nature play! A new seasonal, age-appropriate theme is featured each week.

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Guided Garden Tour (Wed. 9 May, 2018 11:00 am - 12:00 pm)

ladybirdjohnsonGuided Garden Tour

 May 9, 2018

Tour our gardens and trails with a knowledgeable volunteer docent and learn about native plants and the history and architecture of the Center. Each of our docents bring their own special knowledge and interests to the tour, and sites change throughout the seasons. Garden tours are always free with admission to the gardens; inquire at the Admissions Kiosk!

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11th Annual Farm to Plate (Wed. 9 May, 2018 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm)

sustainablefoodcenter11th Annual Farm to Plate

Wednesday, May 9th

We are pleased to announce our 11th Annual Farm to Plate fundraising event will be held on Wednesday, May 9th at Barr Mansion, with an exclusive VIP hour held from 6pm-7pm! Join us and Austin's most acclaimed local chefs as we celebrate the bounty of Central Texas. This sip-and-stroll event features locally sourced bites, artisan cocktails, local wines and beers, live music and a silent auction on the beautiful grounds of Barr Mansion. Don't miss out on the culinary event of the season - get your tickets or table today!

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Qigong & Yoga (Wed. 9 May, 2018 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm)

ladybirdjohnsonQigong & Yoga

May 9, 2018

Carve out some time for self-care in the gardens with Qigong (pronounced “chee-gung”) and yoga, whole body and mind practices integrating physical postures, breathing techniques and meditation. Dr. Chelsea Xu will teach gentle rhythmic movements of the body to help reduce stress, decrease chronic pain, build strength, establish balance, and increase focus. Each session ends with guided meditation amidst nature’s tranquil evening sounds. This class is for ages 16 and up.

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Migratory Birds in the Landscape (Thu. 10 May, 2018 8:00 am - 10:00 am)

ladybirdjohnsonMigratory Birds in the Landscape

May 10, 2018

 Join birders from Travis Audubon and horticulturists from the Wildflower Center on a walk focused on plants that migratory birds rely on for food and shelter. Bring binoculars to see what feathered friends are passing through.

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Guided Garden Tour (Thu. 10 May, 2018 11:00 am - 12:00 pm)

ladybirdjohnsonGuided Garden Tour

 May 10, 2018

Tour our gardens and trails with a knowledgeable volunteer docent and learn about native plants and the history and architecture of the Center. Each of our docents bring their own special knowledge and interests to the tour, and sites change throughout the seasons. Garden tours are always free with admission to the gardens; inquire at the Admissions Kiosk!

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Friday, May 11, 2018

Sprouts (Fri. 11 May, 2018 10:00 am - 11:00 am)

ladybirdjohnsonSprouts

 May 11, 2018

Bring your little ones to the Family Garden for our weekly Sprouts preschool program tailored for ages three to five. A Nature Play Guide will lead exciting expeditions of discovery. Each program includes a sensory activity, story, nature walk and of course, nature play! A new seasonal, age-appropriate theme is featured each week.

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Guided Garden Tour (Fri. 11 May, 2018 11:00 am - 12:00 pm)

ladybirdjohnsonGuided Garden Tour

 May 11, 2018

Tour our gardens and trails with a knowledgeable volunteer docent and learn about native plants and the history and architecture of the Center. Each of our docents bring their own special knowledge and interests to the tour, and sites change throughout the seasons. Garden tours are always free with admission to the gardens; inquire at the Admissions Kiosk!

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Kelly & Birds (Fri. 11 May, 2018 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm)

blantonKelly & Birds

May 11, 2018

Ellsworth Kelly once said that birds “taught him how to see.” Learn about the connections between birds and his artistic practice and more about the wonder of birds with local birder Jane Tillman, Travis Audubon Society and Veronica Roberts, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Blanton Museum.

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Saturday, May 12, 2018

BrunchCon Austin (Sat. 12 May, 2018 9:00 am - 4:00 pm)

BrunchConBrunchCon Austin

May 12, 2018

BrunchCon is making its way to Austin! The acclaimed food + drink festival all about brunch, now in its third year, is coming to River City in 2018.

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Urban Permaculture for Austinites (Sat. 12 May, 2018 10:00 am - 11:00 am)

natural gardenerUrban Permaculture for Austinites

May 12, 2018

Leah Churner of Delta Dawn Gardens (deltadawngardens.com) presents “Urban Permaculture for Austinites.” Permaculture is a design philosophy that borrows the logic of natural systems to create spaces that are self-sustaining, functional, and beautiful, no matter the size. Rather than a list of techniques, permaculture is a framework for pulling techniques together. If you’ve tried your hand at organic gardening, rainwater harvesting, composting, soil building, or supporting pollinators, you’re already on your way to the permaculture mindset! The magic comes in fitting all of these ecological puzzle pieces together into a cohesive whole. Leah will introduce you to the concepts of stacking, chunking, guilds, and earthworks, and present some projects you can try at home here in Austin, whether you have a big yard, a small yard, or no yard at all. Leah is a landscape designer and the host of HOTHOUSE, a new podcast about gardening, ecology, and nature.

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Guided Garden Tour (Sat. 12 May, 2018 11:00 am - 12:00 pm)

ladybirdjohnsonGuided Garden Tour

May 12, 2018 

Tour our gardens and trails with a knowledgeable volunteer docent and learn about native plants and the history and architecture of the Center. Each of our docents bring their own special knowledge and interests to the tour, and sites change throughout the seasons. Garden tours are always free with admission to the gardens; inquire at the Admissions Kiosk!

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Garden Bug Trackers (Sat. 12 May, 2018 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm)

ladybirdjohnsonGarden Bug Trackers

May 12, 2018

 What’s got six (or more) legs and can be found in our gardens? Families will find out together as the class gets up close to the critters of the Center. Sweep for insects and learn to identify them using field guides and digital microscopes, then create a “bug hotel” to take home for observing and supporting beneficial backyard inhabitants!

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The Autoimmune Solution Cookbook (Sat. 12 May, 2018 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm)

book peopleThe Autoimmune Solution Cookbook

May 12, 2018

The companion cookbook to the revolutionary New York Times bestseller The Autoimmune Solution, filled with more than 150 nutritious, easy-to-prepare, every day recipes to heal symptoms of inflammation and autoimmune disorders, including Graves' Disease, Psoriasis, Fibromyalgia, Lupus, Celiac disease, Hashimoto's thyroiditis, and Multiple sclerosis.

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Texas Record Label Bazaar (Sat. 12 May, 2018 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm)

Texas Record Label Bazaar

May 12, 2018

Come find your favorite new album at the Texas Record Label Bazaar. Browse through vinyl, CDs and merch from some of the best independent labels across Texas! Live music TBD!

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Sunday, May 13, 2018

An Antonelli's Cheese Mother's Day Brunch (Sun. 13 May, 2018 10:00 am - 12:00 pm)

antonellis2An Antonelli's Cheese Mother's Day Brunch

May 13, 2018

Join us on Sunday, May 13th from 10am to 12pm for a Mother's Day Celebration at the Antonelli's Cheese House. We'll be selling tables that will seat 6-7 of your friends and family for $250/each that include an incredible and delicious spread for all of those hardworking Mothers out there! Cheese, charcuterie, sundry pairings, bread, croissants, almonds, olives, chocolates, wine and more provided.

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Becker Vineyards Mother's Day Luncheon (Sun. 13 May, 2018 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm)

becker vineyardsMother's Day Luncheon

May 13, 2018

Mothers are important! Treat the Mothers in your life by bringing them to our Annual Mother's Day Luncheon on Sunday, May 13th! A guest chef will prepare a fine meal paired with our wines to enjoy on this special day honoring Mothers!

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An Antonelli's Cheese Mother's Day Brunch (Sun. 13 May, 2018 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm)

antonellis2An Antonelli's Cheese Mother's Day Brunch

May 13, 2018

Join us on Sunday, May 13th from 1:30pm to 3:30pm for a Mother's Day Celebration at the Antonelli's Cheese House. We'll be selling tables that will seat 6-7 of your friends and family for $250/each that include an incredible and delicious spread for all of those hardworking Mother's out there! Cheese, charcuterie, sundry pairings, bread, croissants, almonds, olives, chocolates, wine and more provided.

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Monday, May 14, 2018

Russian Tip Flowers Class (Mon. 14 May, 2018 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

make it sweetRussian Tip Flowers Class

May 14, 2018

Cakes made with the Russian piping tips are all over Pinterest and the Internet. These tips create a beautiful, intricate flower with just one squeeze. Everyone will practice with the tips before applying the techniques to their cake that they will take home with them.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Growing Milkweed (Tue. 15 May, 2018 10:00 am - 11:00 am)

natural gardenerGrowing Milkweed

May 15, 2018

Neil Schmidt presents the second in a long line of “Growing Milkweed” classes! Have you have ever wanted to grow milkweed for monarchs but didn’t know where to start? Milkweed species can range from very easy to very difficult to grow. This class will give you everything you need to know to start raising milkweed and monarchs. The milkweed patch is a hub of diversity and life, discover all the insects and other critters that call it home as well as tricks for seed germination, transplanting and proper watering. Neil is T.N.G.'s own Education Coordinator, Information Specialist and wildflower expert. His time working at the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center has given him experience growing and propagating numerous native milkweed species.

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Ruth Program Event (Tue. 15 May, 2018 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

RuthprogramRuth Program Event

May 15, 2018

The Ruth Program help women that are in distress or recently homeless by partnering them up with elderly widows who live alone and need a nonmedical live-in home helper. This event is to draw attention to those that would say this relates to their life or someone they know and would like to learn more about how we can help you. Come dine with us and share your story if you wish and we will take your experience on video to create our commercial script.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Sprouts (Wed. 16 May, 2018 10:00 am - 11:00 am)

ladybirdjohnsonSprouts

May 16, 2018 

Bring your little ones to the Family Garden for our weekly Sprouts preschool program tailored for ages three to five. A Nature Play Guide will lead exciting expeditions of discovery. Each program includes a sensory activity, story, nature walk and of course, nature play! A new seasonal, age-appropriate theme is featured each week.

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Guided Garden Tour (Wed. 16 May, 2018 11:00 am - 12:00 pm)

ladybirdjohnsonGuided Garden Tour

 May 16, 2018

Tour our gardens and trails with a knowledgeable volunteer docent and learn about native plants and the history and architecture of the Center. Each of our docents bring their own special knowledge and interests to the tour, and sites change throughout the seasons. Garden tours are always free with admission to the gardens; inquire at the Admissions Kiosk!

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

Gulf Fishing & Cooking School (Thu. 17 May, 2018 11:00 am - Sat. 19 May, 2018 11:00 am)

dai dueGulf Fishing & Cooking School

May 17-19, 2018

Headquartered in a rustic fishing lodge on the southern shore of beautiful Copano Bay near Rockport, this class seeks to explore the fishing, cooking and eating possibilities of the mid-coast bay systems. The class starts with a celebratory seafood boil with blue crabs, shrimp and crawfish, followed by a night of flounder gigging. If you've never experienced gigging, it's more akin to hunting than fishing, pursuing shallow flounder at night with bright lights and spear-like gigs. It is a lot of fun, very productive and a great way to experience the quiet bays at night when they're teeming with life. With exceptional wade fishing literally out the front door along this 7 mile stretch of private shoreline, we will start (and possibly end) our days with fishing for redfish, black drum, flounder, sheepshead and trout (and anything else that happens along). Demonstrations on different methods of cleaning fish will be taught at the end of each trip, and Friday will include a lengthy seminar and demo on cooking seafood (fish, crabs, shrimp, sides and sauces). Saturday includes another long wade in the bay. Throughout, we will run crab traps to further augment the menu. And the food: we serve only seafood on these forays, so expect a LOT of very fresh fish, crab and shrimp for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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Guided Garden Tour (Thu. 17 May, 2018 11:00 am - 12:00 pm)

ladybirdjohnsonGuided Garden Tour

 May 17, 2018

Tour our gardens and trails with a knowledgeable volunteer docent and learn about native plants and the history and architecture of the Center. Each of our docents bring their own special knowledge and interests to the tour, and sites change throughout the seasons. Garden tours are always free with admission to the gardens; inquire at the Admissions Kiosk!

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Friday, May 18, 2018

Gulf Fishing & Cooking School (Thu. 17 May, 2018 11:00 am - Sat. 19 May, 2018 11:00 am)

dai dueGulf Fishing & Cooking School

May 17-19, 2018

Headquartered in a rustic fishing lodge on the southern shore of beautiful Copano Bay near Rockport, this class seeks to explore the fishing, cooking and eating possibilities of the mid-coast bay systems. The class starts with a celebratory seafood boil with blue crabs, shrimp and crawfish, followed by a night of flounder gigging. If you've never experienced gigging, it's more akin to hunting than fishing, pursuing shallow flounder at night with bright lights and spear-like gigs. It is a lot of fun, very productive and a great way to experience the quiet bays at night when they're teeming with life. With exceptional wade fishing literally out the front door along this 7 mile stretch of private shoreline, we will start (and possibly end) our days with fishing for redfish, black drum, flounder, sheepshead and trout (and anything else that happens along). Demonstrations on different methods of cleaning fish will be taught at the end of each trip, and Friday will include a lengthy seminar and demo on cooking seafood (fish, crabs, shrimp, sides and sauces). Saturday includes another long wade in the bay. Throughout, we will run crab traps to further augment the menu. And the food: we serve only seafood on these forays, so expect a LOT of very fresh fish, crab and shrimp for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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Sprouts (Fri. 18 May, 2018 10:00 am - 11:00 am)

ladybirdjohnsonSprouts

May 18, 2018 

Bring your little ones to the Family Garden for our weekly Sprouts preschool program tailored for ages three to five. A Nature Play Guide will lead exciting expeditions of discovery. Each program includes a sensory activity, story, nature walk and of course, nature play! A new seasonal, age-appropriate theme is featured each week.

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Guided Garden Tour (Fri. 18 May, 2018 11:00 am - 12:00 pm)

ladybirdjohnsonGuided Garden Tour

 May 18, 2018

Tour our gardens and trails with a knowledgeable volunteer docent and learn about native plants and the history and architecture of the Center. Each of our docents bring their own special knowledge and interests to the tour, and sites change throughout the seasons. Garden tours are always free with admission to the gardens; inquire at the Admissions Kiosk!

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Culinaria Luncheon (Fri. 18 May, 2018 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm)

becker vineyardsCulinaria Luncheon

May 18, 2018

The Culinaria Luncheon takes place on Friday, May 18th. Guest vintners will participate as will Dr. Richard and Bunny Becker. The luncheon will be a wonderful several course meal prepared by guest chefs and paired with fabulous wines! Culinaria is a non-profit organization promoting San Antonio and area as a premier food and wine destination as well as raising culinary and hospitality scholarships.

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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Gulf Fishing & Cooking School (Thu. 17 May, 2018 11:00 am - Sat. 19 May, 2018 11:00 am)

dai dueGulf Fishing & Cooking School

May 17-19, 2018

Headquartered in a rustic fishing lodge on the southern shore of beautiful Copano Bay near Rockport, this class seeks to explore the fishing, cooking and eating possibilities of the mid-coast bay systems. The class starts with a celebratory seafood boil with blue crabs, shrimp and crawfish, followed by a night of flounder gigging. If you've never experienced gigging, it's more akin to hunting than fishing, pursuing shallow flounder at night with bright lights and spear-like gigs. It is a lot of fun, very productive and a great way to experience the quiet bays at night when they're teeming with life. With exceptional wade fishing literally out the front door along this 7 mile stretch of private shoreline, we will start (and possibly end) our days with fishing for redfish, black drum, flounder, sheepshead and trout (and anything else that happens along). Demonstrations on different methods of cleaning fish will be taught at the end of each trip, and Friday will include a lengthy seminar and demo on cooking seafood (fish, crabs, shrimp, sides and sauces). Saturday includes another long wade in the bay. Throughout, we will run crab traps to further augment the menu. And the food: we serve only seafood on these forays, so expect a LOT of very fresh fish, crab and shrimp for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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Birds & Blooms (Sat. 19 May, 2018 8:00 am - 10:00 am)

ladybirdjohnsonBirds & Blooms

May 19, 2018

Early birds of all ages can join Travis Audubon’s Young Birders Club and Wildflower Center gardeners on a nature walk to observe flowers and feathered friends in our gardens. Space is limited and registration is required. This program is free for members. $5 per child, $10 per adult

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Foraging for Native Edibles (Sat. 19 May, 2018 9:00 am - 12:00 pm)

ladybirdjohnsonForaging for Native Edibles

May 19, 2018

Fruits and flowers everywhere, but not a bite to eat? Learn foraging skills and discover the native plants that are safe for your plate like prickly pear, purslane and spiderwort on this identifying and harvesting tour with an expert.

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The Benefits of Getting Carbon and Then Life in Your Soil (Sat. 19 May, 2018 10:00 am - 11:00 am)

The Benefits of Getting Carbon and Then Life in Your Soil

May 19, 2018

Betsy Ross of Sustainable Growth Texas  presents “The Benefits of Getting Carbon and Then Life in Your Soil.” Betsy has been a certified Soil Foodweb Advisor since 2004, and is one of our region’s authorities in compost tea and soil biology. With her family, she operates a 530-acre ranch (rossfarm.com) in Williamson County. “Betsy Ross Grass-fed Beef” is sold through Peoples Pharmacy in Austin and on the farm. She is also the CEO and a founding partner in Sustainable Growth Texas, manufacturing and applying biologically active compost tea/extract to pastures, prairies, orchards, lawns, revegetation sites, and farms. Betsy thinks that lack of carbon in our soils is the greatest limiting factor of sustainability and will focus on how to build soil faster than we use it up. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about the importance of life in our soil, whether you have a suburban home or acres in the country.

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Grafter Rosé Release + Brisket Smoke-Off! (Sat. 19 May, 2018 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm)

texas keeper ciderGrafter Rosé Release + Brisket Smoke-Off!

May 19, 2018

It's that time of year again - our super summery Grafter Rosé cider will be back in your loving arms on Saturday, May 19th! We love pairing our Grafter Rosé cider with brisket, so we thought this year we'd invite a little friendly competition to the barbecue game. We'll celebrate our 4th vintage of Grafter Rosé with live music, a brisket demo from Barrett Black of Black's Barbecue, brisket judging from our professional panel as well as people's choice prizes, plus more brisket and sides from Black's and Puli-Ra. Y'all, it's gonna be smokin'. Except the cider, which will be ice cold.

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B.A.R. Party (Sat. 19 May, 2018 3:00 pm - 11:59 pm)

craft prideB.A.R. Party

Saturday, May 19th

For their annual Barrel-Aged Release party, Craft Pride will be putting on special taps of a veritable assortment of stellar barrel-aged offerings that they've been stashing away in their cellar and aging until the prime tapping date. The bar will open with live music and the special tappings starting at 3pm.

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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Cochon555 Austin (Sun. 20 May, 2018 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm)

Cochon555Cochon555 Austin

May 20, 2018

Cochon555 is a theater for innovative food and drink experiences. At any given event, over a hundred-plus cooks, chefs, restaurant and bar owners, renowned sommeliers and barkeeps, can be found working in concert to create luxurious moments. We work with every type of restaurant and bar imaginable – from farm-to-table to Michelin star - and all participating chefs share one core value: they source products responsibly. Our goal is to buy and promote the "best heritage breed pigs" from farmers doing it the "right way". Why? Because heritage breed pigs can't be raised in commodity settings.

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Monday, May 21, 2018

Olive Oil Sensory Course (Mon. 21 May, 2018 10:00 am - Tue. 22 May, 2018 5:00 pm)

TXAssociationofOliveOilOlive Oil Sensory Course

May 21–22, 2018

A sensory course that provides introduction to sensory evaluation. Chemistry standards and their relationship to sensory.

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Croissant and Lamination (Mon. 21 May, 2018 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

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May 21, 2018

Join Austin Pastry Chef Abby Love for a two-night croissant intensive class! We will discuss how to make the flakiest, butteriest croissants in your very own kitchen. Lamination is a process of enclosing butter in a dough, and we will walk through all the steps together, so you can be the envy of your foodie friends and beloved of your family and coworkers.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Olive Oil Sensory Course (Mon. 21 May, 2018 10:00 am - Tue. 22 May, 2018 5:00 pm)

TXAssociationofOliveOilOlive Oil Sensory Course

May 21–22, 2018

A sensory course that provides introduction to sensory evaluation. Chemistry standards and their relationship to sensory.

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Organic Veggie Gardening 201 (Tue. 22 May, 2018 10:00 am - 11:00 am)

Organic Veggie Gardening 201

May 22, 2018

Linda Wall presents an Intermediate level veggie gardening class “Organic Veggie Gardening 201.” Are you a veggie gardener with a few years experience under your belt, looking for a little more challenge? Then Veggie Gardening 201 is for you! Come learn about cover crops, vegetable families for crop rotation, no-till, soil life, common mineral deficiencies, and more. Linda grows much of her own food at her home in Spicewood, land that has been in her family for 4 generations – over 100 years! Growing up, her family raised all their own food, and you can watch her continue that tradition on her blog at TheRedneckHippie.com. In her role as horticulturist at the Natural Gardener, along with her consulting business (AustinGardenConsultant.com), she has helped many new gardeners get started over the years. She loves when they bring in "baby pictures" of their garden and hopes to see photos of yours soon, too. Come join us as Linda shares her extensive experience in a wonderful storytelling style.

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Croissant and Lamination (Tue. 22 May, 2018 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

Croissant and Lamination

May 22, 2018

Join Austin Pastry Chef Abby Love for a two-night croissant intensive class! We will discuss how to make the flakiest, butteriest croissants in your very own kitchen. Lamination is a process of enclosing butter in a dough, and we will walk through all the steps together, so you can be the envy of your foodie friends and beloved of your family and coworkers.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Sprouts (Wed. 23 May, 2018 10:00 am - 11:00 am)

ladybirdjohnsonSprouts

 May 23, 2018

Bring your little ones to the Family Garden for our weekly Sprouts preschool program tailored for ages three to five. A Nature Play Guide will lead exciting expeditions of discovery. Each program includes a sensory activity, story, nature walk and of course, nature play! A new seasonal, age-appropriate theme is featured each week.

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Guided Garden Tour (Wed. 23 May, 2018 11:00 am - 12:00 pm)

ladybirdjohnsonGuided Garden Tour

 May 23, 2018

Tour our gardens and trails with a knowledgeable volunteer docent and learn about native plants and the history and architecture of the Center. Each of our docents bring their own special knowledge and interests to the tour, and sites change throughout the seasons. Garden tours are always free with admission to the gardens; inquire at the Admissions Kiosk!

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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Guided Garden Tour (Thu. 24 May, 2018 11:00 am - 12:00 pm)

ladybirdjohnsonGuided Garden Tour

May 24, 2018 

Tour our gardens and trails with a knowledgeable volunteer docent and learn about native plants and the history and architecture of the Center. Each of our docents bring their own special knowledge and interests to the tour, and sites change throughout the seasons. Garden tours are always free with admission to the gardens; inquire at the Admissions Kiosk!

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Hot Luck Festival (Thu. 24 May, 2018 12:00 pm - Sun. 27 May, 2018 10:00 pm)

hot luckHot Luck Festival

May 24, 2018 

Back by popular demand, Hot Luck Festival returns for year two on May 24–27. Named Austin’s “best festival” in its inaugural year, the backyard traveling party will celebrate all things food and music. Created and founded by James Beard Award-winner Aaron Franklin, Guerilla Suit principal and Mohawk owner James Moody, and Mike Thelin, co founder of Feast Portland, this Texas-sized get-together is the true Austin festival experience blending world-class culinary talent and live music. Hot Luck is also excited to welcome Munchies as its national media partner.

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Still Austin's Plant Nite (Thu. 24 May, 2018 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm)

StillWhiskeyStill Austin's Plant Nite

May 24, 2018 

Succulent Terrarium in Rose Bowl - Sand Art at Still Austin Whiskey Co.

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Friday, May 25, 2018

Hot Luck Festival (Thu. 24 May, 2018 12:00 pm - Sun. 27 May, 2018 10:00 pm)

hot luckHot Luck Festival

May 24, 2018 

Back by popular demand, Hot Luck Festival returns for year two on May 24–27. Named Austin’s “best festival” in its inaugural year, the backyard traveling party will celebrate all things food and music. Created and founded by James Beard Award-winner Aaron Franklin, Guerilla Suit principal and Mohawk owner James Moody, and Mike Thelin, co founder of Feast Portland, this Texas-sized get-together is the true Austin festival experience blending world-class culinary talent and live music. Hot Luck is also excited to welcome Munchies as its national media partner.

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Sprouts (Fri. 25 May, 2018 10:00 am - 11:00 am)

Sprouts

 May 25, 2018

Bring your little ones to the Family Garden for our weekly Sprouts preschool program tailored for ages three to five. A Nature Play Guide will lead exciting expeditions of discovery. Each program includes a sensory activity, story, nature walk and of course, nature play! A new seasonal, age-appropriate theme is featured each week.

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Guided Garden Tour (Fri. 25 May, 2018 11:00 am - 12:00 pm)

ladybirdjohnsonGuided Garden Tour

May 25, 2018 

Tour our gardens and trails with a knowledgeable volunteer docent and learn about native plants and the history and architecture of the Center. Each of our docents bring their own special knowledge and interests to the tour, and sites change throughout the seasons. Garden tours are always free with admission to the gardens; inquire at the Admissions Kiosk!

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Arts in the Park: John Arthur Martinez (Fri. 25 May, 2018 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm)

BlancoArts in the Park: John Arthur Martinez

May 25, 2018

Community members and visitors are invited to bring chairs or blankets to sit on and food and drink to enjoy while listening to the music.  Each series is a product of the work of the Arts in the Park Committee - a group of local volunteers with various levels of experience and knowledge of music and the arts.  The committee strives to bring a wide variety of musical genres to appeal to all musical tastes and expand our musical horizons.

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Saturday, May 26, 2018

Hot Luck Festival (Thu. 24 May, 2018 12:00 pm - Sun. 27 May, 2018 10:00 pm)

hot luckHot Luck Festival

May 24, 2018 

Back by popular demand, Hot Luck Festival returns for year two on May 24–27. Named Austin’s “best festival” in its inaugural year, the backyard traveling party will celebrate all things food and music. Created and founded by James Beard Award-winner Aaron Franklin, Guerilla Suit principal and Mohawk owner James Moody, and Mike Thelin, co founder of Feast Portland, this Texas-sized get-together is the true Austin festival experience blending world-class culinary talent and live music. Hot Luck is also excited to welcome Munchies as its national media partner.

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Art Walk ft. Gypsy Moon (Sat. 26 May, 2018 10:00 am - 4:00 pm)

BlancoArt Walk ft. Gypsy Moon 

May 26, 2018

Community members and visitors are invited to bring chairs or blankets to sit on and food and drink to enjoy while listening to the music.  Each series is a product of the work of the Arts in the Park Committee - a group of local volunteers with various levels of experience and knowledge of music and the arts.  The committee strives to bring a wide variety of musical genres to appeal to all musical tastes and expand our musical horizons.

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Backyard Chickens 101 (Sat. 26 May, 2018 10:00 am - 11:00 am)

Backyard Chickens 101

May 26, 2018

Michelle Hernandez Founder of the Funky Chicken Coop Tour and President of Urban Poultry Association of Texas, presents “Backyard Chickens 101.”Come hear Michelle talk all about raising chickens! Chickens not only provide tasty, nutritious eggs, but they are also great pets: interesting, communicative, smart in their own way, and very humorous. This class is part of the Austin Resource Recovery Chicken Keeping rebate program. The Chicken Keeping Rebate Program supports Austin’s Zero Waste goal by educating residents about how to keep food scraps, yard trimmings and food-soiled paper out of the landfill.

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Guided Garden Tour (Sat. 26 May, 2018 11:00 am - 12:00 pm)

ladybirdjohnsonGuided Garden Tour

May 26, 2018 

Tour our gardens and trails with a knowledgeable volunteer docent and learn about native plants and the history and architecture of the Center. Each of our docents bring their own special knowledge and interests to the tour, and sites change throughout the seasons. Garden tours are always free with admission to the gardens; inquire at the Admissions Kiosk!

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Nature Nets (Sat. 26 May, 2018 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm)

ladybirdjohnsonNature Nets

May 26, 2018

 Critters visit and inhabit the Center by air and by creek! Come explore things with wings, skimmers and swimmers by learning to use nets for collecting specimens. We’ll search, examine, document and learn together.

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Sunday, May 27, 2018

Hot Luck Festival (Thu. 24 May, 2018 12:00 pm - Sun. 27 May, 2018 10:00 pm)

hot luckHot Luck Festival

May 24, 2018 

Back by popular demand, Hot Luck Festival returns for year two on May 24–27. Named Austin’s “best festival” in its inaugural year, the backyard traveling party will celebrate all things food and music. Created and founded by James Beard Award-winner Aaron Franklin, Guerilla Suit principal and Mohawk owner James Moody, and Mike Thelin, co founder of Feast Portland, this Texas-sized get-together is the true Austin festival experience blending world-class culinary talent and live music. Hot Luck is also excited to welcome Munchies as its national media partner.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Soil Amendments (Tue. 29 May, 2018 10:00 am - 11:00 am)

Soil Amendments

May 29, 2018

“Soil Amendments” with Linda and Neil. Are you unsure what the difference is between soil and dirt, wondering whether you should mulch with compost or compost with mulch, and confused about the difference between fertilizer and seaweed?Have you wondered, what is the difference between compost and fertilizer and do I need both? Then come listen to Neil and Linda demystify it all. Neil and Linda are longstanding members of our Info Desk staff, and are the team behind all of the free classes here at The Natural Gardener.

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Moonlight Hike (Tue. 29 May, 2018 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm)

ladybirdjohnsonMoonlight Hike

May 29, 2018

 See the beauty of the gardens by moonlight, listen for coyotes howling, and perhaps catch a glimpse of an owl in flight during this evening hike through the gardens and Arboretum. Learn about the history of the Wildflower Center, our work and our mission. Participants are welcome to bring (red light) flashlights.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Sprouts (Wed. 30 May, 2018 10:00 am - 11:00 am)

Sprouts

 May 30, 2018

Bring your little ones to the Family Garden for our weekly Sprouts preschool program tailored for ages three to five. A Nature Play Guide will lead exciting expeditions of discovery. Each program includes a sensory activity, story, nature walk and of course, nature play! A new seasonal, age-appropriate theme is featured each week.

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Guided Garden Tour (Thu. 31 May, 2018 11:00 am - 12:00 pm)

ladybirdjohnsonGuided Garden Tour

May 31, 2018 

Tour our gardens and trails with a knowledgeable volunteer docent and learn about native plants and the history and architecture of the Center. Each of our docents bring their own special knowledge and interests to the tour, and sites change throughout the seasons. Garden tours are always free with admission to the gardens; inquire at the Admissions Kiosk!

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