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City of Austin Programs - Live Here, Grow Here

The City’s Grow Green program offers resources to help Austin residents and professionals design and grow healthy and beautiful yards and gardens!

Special Activities Saturday and Sunday

  • Visit Smokey the Bear from 10:30am – 12:30pm.
  • Take a Garden Tour at 2:30pm, led by a Grow Green plant expert at the Green Garden (near the Garden Center).

Ask an Expert

  • Visit Grow Green and other City of Austin tables on the lawn by the Garden Center for activities, giveaways, and advice on plant selection, pest control, fire-wise landscaping, water conservation, and much more.
  • AFD Wildfire Enhances Austin's resiliency to wildfire through an engaged and empowered community
  • Air Quality Supports regional efforts for healthier air and promotes alternative transportation opportunities 
  • Austin 311 Provides uncomplicated access to City services and information
  • Austin Resource Recovery Offers information on composting and the Recycle & Reuse Drop Off Center facility (which accepts landscaping chemicals and other hazardous materials for safe disposal)
  • Community Trees Promotes a lifelong relationship between the community and its trees in order to enrich Austin lives through a sustainable community forest
  • Grow Green Provides earth-wise landscaping tips for healthy yards, creeks, and people 
  • Sustainability Provides leadership and coordination for local sustainability and climate action initiatives 
  • Sustainable Urban Agriculture and Community Gardens Program  Helps develop a local food-growing system, including community gardens 
  • Water Conservation Water-saving tips and money-saving rebates for Austin homes and businesses
  • Wildland Conservation Protects more than 40,000 acres to preserve Austin’s water quality, as well as cultural and natural history
  • Grow Green
  • Wildlife Austin  Helps sustain a well-balanced and healthy urban environment for people and wildlife and encourage backyard habitat certification 
  • Zilker Botanical Garden  Come get your hands dirty mixing local ingredients to create a magical building material called cob. Create miniature faerie houses, forts, or sculptures, decorate them with native seeds and other natural items, and take them home to invite more wildlife and plants to your yard or balcony!