Native blooms featured during National Wildflower Week

Native wildflowers will be the focus of walking tours and free educational events May 4-10 during National Wildflower Week at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.



Wildflower Center Education Manager Tanya Zastrow said the center will showcase native wildflowers including Indian blanket, purple coneflowers and mealy blue sage.



"We want to educate people about the benefits of wildflowers, give them opportunities to learn about them, see them in new places or enjoy them in places they're familiar with," she said.



The center is located at 4801 La Crosse Ave.



Regular admission prices apply for events held at the Wildflower Center. Events include:



  • May 5: Volunteer Phoebe Allen leads a spring blooms walk at 10 a.m at the Wildflower Center. At 6:30 p.m., Center Communications Director Lee Clippard provides a free wildflower walk at Willowbrook Reach, 3999 Sycamore Drive, Austin, about nature in an urban greenbelt. Visitors are asked to register via the website for this event.

  • May 6 and May 8: At 9:30 a.m. at the Wildflower Center's Luci and Ian Family Garden, families with preschoolers can join education coordinator Anjoli Fry to learn about wildflower sections, why they make seeds and more as part of the center's Sprouts programming.

  • May 9: Horticulturist Samantha Elkinton leads a tour at 11 a.m. about insects and wildflowers they love. At 2 p.m., Elkinton leads a general tour about wildflowers in the gardens.

  • May 10: Caudillo Studios will take family portraits in front of wildflowers at the center from noon to 3 p.m. and charge fees depending on the size of prints ordered. At 10 a.m., Phoebe Allen leads a wildflower walk.

Events are open to all ages, she said.



"It's just a wonderful way to get out and explore," she said.



More information including event details and weather cancellation notices will be available about www.wildflower.org/nww/.



MOST RECENT

A rendering of Walnut Springs Elementary School shows what the district expects to see completed by the start of school Aug. 17. (Rendering courtesy Dripping Springs ISD)
New school construction in Dripping Springs ISD on track

Workers filled Dripping Springs schools undergoing construction with furniture July 26.

The Zilker Eagle is tentatively expected to open Oct. 23. (Benton Graham/Community Impact Newspaper)
Roadwork for Austin's Zilker Eagle continues; Lou Neff Road closed through Aug. 7

The Austin Parks and Recreation Department said the delay allowed for park programming, including Blues on the Green, to continue.

Public schools cannot require students, teachers, parents, and other staff members or visitors to wear masks after June 4, Gov. Greg Abbott declared in an executive order issued May 18. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Leander ISD 'highly recommends' masks; tax-free weekend tips and more Austin-area news

Read the latest business and education news from the Central Texas area.

School supplies will be exempt from the 8.25% sales tax Aug. 6-8. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
What to know before the statewide tax-free weekend Aug. 6-8

Customers will not have to pay the standard 8.25% sales tax on select clothing, footwear, school supplies and backpacks under $100.

Photo of a building with solar panels on the roof
Austin Habitat for Humanity's ReStore uses discount home improvement to build communities

The store sells sustainable construction materials, clothes, appliances, jewelry, furniture and the odd novelty item.

Photo of the Sobering Center
Travis County moves forward with plans for mental health diversion program at Sobering Center

The program would divert people experiencing mental health crises away from jail and towards supportive services following low-level offenses.

Baylor Scott & White Pflugerville
Ascension, Baylor Scott & White to require all employees be fully vaccinated against coronavirus by fall

Ascension and Baylor Scott & White have announced all eligible employees must be vaccinated against COVID-19 in the coming months. 

Photo of an egg dish
Kerbey Lane Cafe serves the Austin community with 'family feeling'

Since 1980, the cafe has served up breakfast, lunch and dinner at locations around the Capital City.

Austin City Council will convene for a regular meeting July 29, its first since mid-June. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin City Hall notebook: Council to look at downtown safety, homelessness and budgeting in return from meetings break

The first regular council meeting since mid-June features a packed agenda and opportunity for resident feedback on Austin's proposed budget.

Photo of a hand holding a vaccine vial
As COVID-19 hospitalizations track upward, Austin Public Health renews call for vaccinations

APH also mirrors the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's latest guidance for vaccinated individuals to wear masks in some circumstances.

The request to table talks regarding designated campsites came one week after city staff detailed two properties that could be used for such an initiative. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Ellis, Harper-Madison call for halt to Austin's 'Band-Aid' sanctioned homeless encampment plans

The East and Southwest Austin representatives shared their thoughts on the process one week after city properties in their districts were tapped as workable encampment sites.

Photo of a woman holding a Pride flag
Austin July and August events: Bat Fest, monster trucks and Pride

A variety of in-person and virtual events are happening around Austin this summer.