December 2009 isue—
Gifts and Treats at Chrysalis Gift Shop
The Downtime Garden
What's Blooming at Zilker Botanical Garden...
Ask the Garden Guru
Plant Tales: What's the Name of the Plant
What We're Thankful For
I recently read this wonderful quote in one of the many magazines I subscribe to and instantly thought of a very special person. A little background will help you to understand why.
A couple of weeks ago, Austin was hit by a hard freeze. Overnight, my backyard garden went from riotous, blooming annuals and perennials to a sea of shriveled, mushy plants.
Gone were the Monarch Milkweed, Firebush, Pentas, Hostas, Basil, and Sweet Potato Vine—now, just memories captured in photographs. As I drove into Zilker Botanical Garden the Tuesday after Thanksgiving weekend, what was blooming only a week before was gone…Firebush, Pride of Barbados, Esperanza Yellow Bells.
But PARD staff had been very busy. Beds around the parking lot were filled with pansies, violas, snapdragons, cyclamens. And, this very special person had transformed the flower beds at the entrance to the garden center into a botanical fairyland! Read more »
Upcoming Events at ZBG
Be sure to check our Holiday Hours when making your plans to visit!
Central Texas Gardening 101 Seminar
Saturday, January 30, 2010,
Rose Workshop, Austin Rose Society
Saturday, Feb 13, 8:30am-2pm
$30 fee includes lunch & materials
Annual Seminar, Austin Herb Society
Saturday, Feb 20, 9am-noon
Annual Organic Seedling Sale, Austin Organic Gardeners
Saturday, Marth 6
8:30am - 2pm
Zilker Garden Festival
Saturday & Sunday, March 27-28
$5 Adults, $3 Children (3-12),
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Gifts and Treats at Chrysalis Giftshop
The gift shop at ZBG has wonderful gifts and treats for the holidays. As an added incentive to do your holiday shopping at Chrysalis, there's a coupon waiting for everyone who signs up for our E-News so be sure to tell your friends and forward this email. (There's an easy-to-use link at the top of this page, as well as a link from our home page at www.zilkergarden.org.)
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The Downtime Garden
Is the winter period the "ho hum" time of year for your garden? Does your garden lack the interest that draws you to it during this time? Well, let's change that image!
Plan for “all season” color, not just “seasonal”.
So much emphasis and effort is placed on our spring to fall garden. The winter garden gets overlooked and is usually unattractive. All season plants that are permanent, preplanned, and integrated into the overall garden design can change that. Seasonal plants are temporary, and meant only for specific periodic plantings. Read more »