Winter 2014
In this Issue...
Features
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50th Anniversary of the Austin Garden Center Celebration
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Swedish Cabin Rededication
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History of the Western Trails Garden Club
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The Texas Bamboo Society
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Time to Prune
Club News and Announcements
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Blue Santa Visits the Austin Pond Society
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Winter Plant Shows and Sales
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Travis County Master Gardeners Winter Presentations
Zilker Botanical Garden
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Events at a Glance
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The Chrysalis Gift Shop at Zilker Botanical Garden
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The Walk of Friends
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City of Austin Newsletters KLRU's "Central Texas Gardener"
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Yelp Reviews
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Features
50th Anniversary of the Austin Area Garden Center Celebration
by Francis (Frank) Allcorn, Austin Pond Society
Keith Taniguchi speaking at the Austin Area Garden Center 50th Anniversary Celebration
On October 19, 2014, I had the pleasure of attending the Austin Area Garden Center's 50th Anniversary Celebration. It was held at the Zilker Botanical Garden which is operated by the City of Austin and the Austin Area Garden Council.
The Austin Area Garden Center began with an idea in the early 1960's with only six garden clubs. Their efforts, foresight and fundraising 50 years ago led to constructing the current building that houses the meeting rooms and the Chrysalis Gift Shop.
Today, there are 31 member clubs that comprise the Austin Area Garden Council with all their ties to nature and things that grow.
50th Anniversary Plaque
The weather was very nice and was warm but not hot by Texas standards and even though I did a lot of walking around taking many pictures, it was not unpleasant.
Swedish Cabin Rededication
by Margaret Russell, Zilker Botanical Garden Manager (PARD)
Sunday, October 26, 2014 was the date for the unveiling of the newly refurbished Swedish Log Cabin built in 1838 and moved to Zilker in 1965.
The cabin now sits on a solid foundation with drainage directed away from the cabin.
New windows and new chinking will keep the interior clean and dry.
Barbara Pate speaking at the Swedish Cabin Rededication
History of the Western Trails Garden Club
Submitted by Judy Kirksey, Western Trails Garden Club
The Western Trails Garden Club, organized In July l962, was affiliated with the National Council of State Garden Clubs to advance gardening, civic beautification, and promotion of ecology especially in the neighborhood of Western Trails and Western Trails Estates.
Members sponsored a popular Christmas Lighting contest each year, giving plaques in categories such as:
  • Best Overall House and Yard
  • Best House Front
  • Best Decorated Door
  • Best Religious Door
  • Best Religious Scene
  • Best Window Display
(Unfortunately, the lighting contest was cancelled in 1973 because of utility shortages.)
Western Trail's Contributions to the Community
The Western Trail Garden Club has a long history of civic beautification.
Mrs. Lady Bird Johnson thanked Club President Mrs. Ernest Foster on behalf of the members who planted two Golden Rain Trees on the shores of Town Lake.
Each year on Arbor Day the members donated a tree to schools and educational facilities.
The Texas Bamboo Society
a chapter of the American Bamboo Society
Submitted by Carole Meckes, President of the Texas Bamboo Society
The Texas chapter of the American Bamboo Society was organized in 1992 by Herb Hillery and joined the Austin Area Garden Council (AAGC) the same year. There are many benefits for garden clubs to become members of the AAGC, such as having a place for monthly meetings and also for having a location to hold our Annual Texas Bamboo Festival - which is held now held in the month of September.
The objectives of the American Bamboo Society are to:
  • Provide information of the identification, propagation, use, culture and appreciation of bamboos.
  • Promote the utilization of a group of desirable species for distribution to public gardens and to the general public.
  • Provide plant material for research in the taxonomy, propagation, and culture of bamboo species.
  • Support bamboo research in the field.
President Caroles Meckes also serves as a Director-at-large on the American Bamboo Society board.
Time to Prune
by Rachel Matthews, Heart of the Hills Garden Club
Well, it seems hard to believe that winter is near and our summer temperatures have finally cooled down. So now is the time for many of us to think about pruning.
One prunes one's trees and shrubs when there will be the least stress on the plant material. That means during what passes for "winter" here in Central Texas, the plants are sleepier then, less sap flowing and less growth happening.
Club News and Announcements
Blue Santa Visits the Austin Pond Society
Blue Santa with the Austin Pond Society (Hint: Santa is behind the lady with the light green jacket.)
The Austin Police Department's Blue Santa visited the Austin Pond Society's November general meeting and holiday party. Pond Society members had brought gifts for underprivileged kids that Blue Santa will distribute this holiday season. Founded in 1972, this year Operation Blue Santa will serve over 5,000 families.
For more information on how you can help Operation Blue Santa, you can call 512-974-Blue (512-974-3583), or visit their web site at http://www.bluesanta.org/. They can always use donations and need volunteers to help deliver the presents.
Merry Christmas from Blue Santa!
Winter Plant Shows and Sales
December 2014
Austin Herb Society Holiday Bazaar
Tuesday, December 2, 9:30 am - 12:00 noon
Austin Area Garden Center Auditorium
Spice Up Your Holidays at the Austin Herb Society Holiday Bazaar
Shop for sweet and savory breads, fragrant spice blends and extracts, herbal soaps, jewelry, and other handcrafted goods at the Austin Herb Society's annual Holiday Bazaar. AHS members and sponsors will offer products ranging from hand-thrown pottery to herbal teas and aromatherapy and skincare products.
Also featured will be original artwork, herbal scrubs and mists, glass plate flowers and vintage fabric aprons, honey, jams and relishes. Gifts for everyone on your list will include baskets, home-sewn items, tea accessories, holiday greeting cards, Rosemary cookbooks, herb-themed tote bags and pottery plant markers crafted by members.
Shoppers are invited to enjoy herbal refreshments while listening to yuletide tunes and maybe even receiving a relaxing chair massage! For more information, contact Kate Alsobrook, (512) 451-8360, or visit http://www.austinherbsociety.org/.
The Porcelain Arts Club of Austin
Saturday, December 6, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Austin Area Garden Center Auditorium
Travis County Master Gardeners Winter Presentations
Travis County Master Gardeners (TCMG) Winter Presentations
The Travis County Master Gardeners, in association with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, holds many events throughout the year. You can visit their web site at: http:/www.tcmastergardeners.org for more information on their upcoming workshops and presentations.
Saturday, January 10, 10:00 am - 12:00 noon
"Home Fruit Production"
Zilker Botanical Garden
Presented by Joe Posern, President of Travis County Master Gardeners Association
Saturday, February 7, 10:00 am to 12:00 noon
"Roses"
Zilker Botanical Garden
Cher Groody will talk about roses.
Zilker Botanical Garden
Zilker Botanical Garden Adult Austin Resident $2 Children (3-12) $1
Admissions: Adult Austin Non-Resident $3 Seniors (age 62+) $1
December 2014
November 22 - January 3,2015
Holiday Tree Display in Greene Room
Tuesday December 2, 9:30 am - 12:00 noon
Austin Herb Society Holiday Bazaar
Saturday, December 6, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
The Porcelain Arts Club of Austin Exhibit and Sale
Sunday, December 7, 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
Afternoon in the Garden
Early Close at 3:00 pm for Trail of Lights
Sunday, December 21, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Afternoon in the Garden
December 24-25
ZBG closed for Christmas Holiday
January 2015
January 1
ZBG closed for New Year Holiday
Saturday, January 10, 10:00 am - Noon
Travis County Master Gardeners "Home Fruit Production"
February 2015
Saturday, February 7, 10:00 am - Noon
Travis County Master Gardeners "Roses"
March 2015
Saturday, March 28 and Sunday, March 29
Zilker Garden Festival
Events scheduled at the Zilker Botanical Garden-Austin Area Garden Center are always posted, and kept updated, on the Calendar of Events page on the web site.
The Chrysalis Gift Shop at Zilker Botanical Garden
Where can a visitor purchase post cards, cookbooks, jewelry,
puzzles, Gatorade, framed prints, and unique gifts?
Drive to Zilker Botanical Garden and shop at The Chrysalis Gift Shop, where your shopping experience will be satisfied with such great gifts as Remarkable Plants of Texas, The Garden Guide, Food by Design from the Violet Crown Garden Club, New Braunfels Garden Club Cookbook, books about trees, butterflies, snakes, or dragonflies.
The Chrysalis Gift Shop
Then there are cool towels, shopping bags that can be stuffed inside themselves to form a ball that can be attached to a purse, tee shirts, very special Austin gifts for the person who has everything, beautiful jewelry, night lights of nature, boxes that look like flowers.
Bring your birthday child along and let him shop for himself in the children's section for wooden snakes, dinosaurs, puzzles, books, cardinals that sing their song, or perhaps he will purchase a framed nature print for his room. It is all there and some of the items are fashioned here in Austin by Austin artists
For more information, please visit the The Chrysalis Gift Shop web site...
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