Central Texas


For those of you in the beautiful Central Texas region, here are the events promoting Texas Native Plant Week. So many ways to learn about native plants and their impact on our biodiversity. Explore the world around you with nature walks and hikes. Play along with your children in their activities. Most of all, have fun!


Event Details: October 11 and 12, 2014 Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Fall Plant Sale & Gardening Festival – At the Wildflower Center’s Fall Plant Sale and Gardening Festival you can choose from nearly 300 species of Texas native plants. The event also features artists and authors signing their works in the store, guided walks and talks and tips for your garden from experts and kids activities. Saturday & Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Members Only Preview on Friday, October 3, 1 p.m. – 7 p.m.). Admission $9 adults, $7 seniors and students, $4 UT faculty, staff or students with identification, $3 children 5 through 12, members and children under 5 free. Held at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Avenue, Austin, Texas 78739. Call (512) 232-0100 or visit http://www.wildflower.org/plantsale/.

Stop by the booth of the Native Plant Society of Texas Austin Chapter and the Williamson County Chapter during the fall plant sale.

For additional information: Wildflower.org


Event Details: Saturday October 5, 2013 The fourth annual Highland Lakes Native Plant Festival and Garden Tour will feature tours of local native plant gardens, a native plant sale, native tree adoptions, information booths about butterflies, plants, and other nature-related topics, a bird blind, nature walks and hikes, a watershed demonstration and activities for the kids. Cathy Downs from the Native Plant Society of Texas will speak on “Bringing Back the Monarchs to Texas.”

The festival will be Saturday, October 5, from 9 AM to 1 PM at the Inks Dam National Fish Hatchery near Burnet. For more information and a map see the Highland Lakes Chapter website. Proceeds from the festival will be used to build Monarch Waystations in the Highland Lakes area.

The Highlands Lakes festival is just one of dozens of events celebrating native plants and plant habitats this fall. To help you find an event we’ve set up a special website listing festivals and plant sales around the state. We’ve listed events by region to make them easier to find. Some are sponsored by Society chapters and some by other like-minded organizations.  Don’t forget that the third week of October will be Texas Native Plant Week. We encourage you to find a reason to get outside and celebrate our rich botanical heritage.

Event Details: Monarch Biology, Ecology and Monarch Larval Monitoring Project Training: “The MLMP @ CNC Back Porch Review”

Oct 11, 2013 Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Location: CNC Auditorium and Back Porch Texas

Master Naturalists Kip Kiphart and Cathy Downs will host a training session on the Monarch butterfly.  The workshop will cover Monarch Biology and Life Cycle, Milkweed Ecology, Monarch Migration and Threats to the Migration.  Citizen Science Projects including Monarch Larval Monitoring Project, Monarch Watch, Journey North and Monarch Parasites will be discussed.  Live eggs, larvae, chrysalises and adults will be used for demonstrations.  Participants will visit CNC’s milkweed patch to learn “hands on” how we do MLMP@CNC, including site description, milkweed density and monarch density.  A detailed handout on MLMP is included.  The workshop is approved for Advanced Training (6 hours) for Texas Master Naturalists.

Cost:  $15 suggested donation on Friday.

Register here.

Event Details: Tuesday, October 22, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.    

TX Native Plant Week:  FREE Grow Green Homeowner Training

Join the City of Austin Grow Green team for our FREE fall homeowner’s landscape training. Learn about the latest do-it-yourself irrigation technologies for homeowner’s. Get composting resource information. Find out how to choose the right plant for the right place. Be one of the first to get a copy of the new edition of the Native & Adapted Plant Guide.

REGISTER: www.eventbrite.com/event/8452643083  Zilker Botanical Garden 2220 Barton Springs RoadAustin, TX 78746

Parking is limited; carpool or  use the Cap Metro Trip Planner for public transportation


o    6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.  Irrigation & Water Conservation    Jason Keyes, Austin Water

o    7:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.  Composting Rebate    Sylba Loren, Austin Resource Recovery

o    7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.  Plants: Putting Down Roots in Texas Soil Denise Delaney, Watershed Protection Department

Contact: Denise Delaney at Denise.Delaney@austintexas.gov or 512-974-2581 for more information.

Event Details: Wednesday, October 23rd   noon-1:00 p.m. TX Native Plant Week: Native Plants for Pollinators

Join Matt Morris and Liz McVeety to learn about how to incorporate native host and larval plants that will attract butterflies into your garden. There will be a short presentation in the Greene room of the Garden Center Building followed by a walk through the Butterfly Garden and Trail.

Zilker Botanical Garden

2220 Barton Springs Rd

Austin, TX 78746

Free with admission ($2 adults, $1 seniors and children under 12)

Parking is limited; carpool or  use public transportation

Contact: Elizabeth McVeety at elizabeth.mcveety@austintexas.gov or 512-477-1750 for more information.

Event Details: Thursday, Oct. 24th  2:00 p.m. -3:00 p.m. 

Native Tree Walk

Zilker Botanical Garden 2220 Barton Springs Rd 78746  Free with admission ($2 adults, $1 seniors and children under 12)  Join Liz McVeety for a leisurely walk through the Garden focusing on native trees.  Meet at the flagpole in front of the Garden Center Building

Contact elizabeth.mcveety@austintexas.gov or 512-477-1750 for more information.

Event Details: Saturday, October 26th, 8:00 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Views of Austin and Native Plants to Celebrate Native Plant Week

Vireo Preserve Tract off Capital of Texas Hwy (Loop 360) near Wild Basin (Directions sent upon registration)
While long considered a birder’s paradise, this preserve has something for both the novice naturalist and the expert.  Vireo Preserve’s unique history has marked its landscape in interesting ways. This hike will pass through rich shrublands, golden-cheeked warbler habitat, and grassy hillsides while offering some of the best scenic views of Austin.  Guides will discuss the preserve’s history and how it is expressed in today’s natural communities.

This 3 hour hike has rocky sections and grassy overgrowth, steep inclines and declines, and will proceed at a moderate pace.  Due to the terrain and pace, this hike is intended for audiences 12 and up.  All youth must be under parental supervision at all times and participants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Participants must bring adequate drinking water and wear sturdy, closed-toe hiking shoes in order to participate in the hike.  Long pants and a sun hat are strongly recommended

Register: http://www.ci.austin.tx.us/water/wildland/onlineregistration/ecowebevents.cfm
Contact: Amanda Ross, 512- 972-1690, Amanda.Ross@austintexas.gov
Visit www.austintexas.gov/nativeplantweek to learn about other events and how to add native plants to your garden
Sponsoring Organization: City of Austin
City or Region: Austin

Event Details: Saturday, October 26,  9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. 
TX Native Plant Week: Arbor Day Celebration

This year, the Parks and Recreation Department celebrates its Urban Forestry Program’s 30th year and the City of Austin’s 22nd year as a Tree City USA. The Urban Forestry Program will hold its annual Arbor Day Celebration at the Ruiz Branch Library on Saturday morning, October 26th in coordination with the Austin Library Department. There will be tree planting, tree mulching, and a variety of informational and entertaining activities and booths for all ages.

Date: Saturday, October 26
Time:  9:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Location: Ruiz Library, 1600 Grove Blvd, Austin, TX 78741
Contact: Jesse Neumann, jesse.neumann@austintexas.gov; 512-974-9544