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The Austin Area Garden Center 50th Anniversary Celebration
Saturday, October 18 & Sunday, October 19, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Participating clubs include: Texas Bamboo Society, First Austin African Violet Society, Travis County Master Gardeners, Austin Herb Society, Austin Organic Gardeners, and Austin Daylily Society. Overflow parking will be available on Stratford Drive all day on Saturday and Sunday.
Read The Story Behind Creating the Austin Garden Center.
2014 American Garden Award Program
The American Garden Award, a unique opportunity for the gardening public to vote on a specific flower or plant that they think has the most appealing garden characteristics. Voting for this year's program ends Sept 30.
In cooperation with All-America Selections, Zilker Botanical Garden has planted four different flower entries so garden visitors can view the plants in person and vote on their favorite. The display bed is near the kiosk, same place as last year.
Consumers and home gardeners who are unable to view these plants in person can vote online at the American Garden Award website www.americangardenaward.org View the PDF flyer here-
Saturday, Sept 13, 10am - 4pm
Monarch Appreciation Day
Head to Zilker Botanical Garden for a family-friendly, educational, and fun-filled event to celebrate Monarch Butterflies and other pollinators. Enjoy a Butterfly & Pollinator Plant Sale from 10 – 2, benefitting Monarch Watch and the Xerces Society. Learn about Bees, Monarchs, Organic Gardening, and Gardening for Wildlife & Pollinators at lectures scheduled from 10-2 in the Garden Center auditorium. Take the kids to meet and greet caterpillars, butterflies, and moths, see a display bee hive and build a Bee house, make Wildflower Seed Balls, Butterfly Wings, create a Butterfly Mural, and get their faces painted! Join a guided tour of the Blachly Butterfly Trail & Garden, and visit Information tables to learn about gardening for butterflies, bees, and wildlife. Details-
"THERE MAY BE no more magnetic town in America today than the Texas capital. Austin anchors the fastest-growing metro area in the country, with a population that expanded by more than 2% in 2013. It's a perennial on "best city" lists, lauded for its job prospects and its friendliness to small business, its music and its barbecue and its breakfast tacos. It has also become a place of pilgrimage, especially during South by Southwest, the film, music and technology festival that swamps the town for three weeks each March. ...
... Floral Adventure // Zilker Botanical Garden. Town Lake has a beautiful botanical garden with flowers from all over the world. It's amazing—a very relaxing experience. Go for a walk or a jog, or perch on a bench to just enjoy nature. 2220 Barton Springs Rd., zilkergarden.org"
Tagged Monarch Butterflies Released
Zilker Botanical Garden is pleased to announce the release of sixteen tagged Monarch Butterflies. These caterpillars were hatched along our Butterfly trail and raised in the greenhouse, emerging from their cocoons 8-10 days after pupating. Since 2012, ZBG has been a registered Monarch Waystation through Monarch Watch, a University of Kansas educational outreach program in which 100,000 citizen scientists tag monarchs each fall to track migration patterns.
The Monarch population in Mexico last winter was the lowest ever recorded. The butterfly has been added to the World Wildlife Fund’s Top 10 Most Threatened Species List. Weather extremes, increased use of herbicides and GMO crops, and loss of habitat have contributed to the decline in population. ZBG is pleased to be part of creating habitat, providing food, and helping to monitor this magnificent butterfly which might travel as much as 3000 miles to reach its winter home in the Sierra Madre Mountains of Mexico.
View YNN’s Out in the Garden segments on butterfly gardening at Zilker Botanical Garden.
June 1 – August 31, 2013
American Garden Award
The American Garden Award is a unique opportunity for the gardening public to vote on a specific flower or plant that they think has the most appealing garden characteristics. Some of the world's most prominent breeders have chosen their best varieties to enter into this competition. In cooperation with All-America Selections, Zilker Botanical Garden will display four different flower entries so garden visitors can view the plants in person and vote on their favorite. For those consumers and home gardeners who are unable to view these plants in person, a link on the American Garden Award website www.americangardenaward.org allows online voting. When visiting us, you can find the American Garden Award entries on display at Zilker Botanical Garden. Read the press release.
Zilker Botanical Garden in the New York Times -
Q&A: Austin With a Young One
Welcoming Spring in Texas Tones
Zilker Botanical Garden is PARD's park of the month for February! Details here-