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ZBG Calendar of Events

Events listed below are held at Zilker Botanical Garden unless noted otherwise.

   Admission to Zilker Botanical Garden effective October 1, 2013

$1 for children (ages 3-12) & seniors (age 62 & over)
$2 for adults, Austin resident (ages 13-61)
$3 for adults, non-resident
(ages 13-61)
cash or check please

Zilker Botanical Garden's winter hours are
9:00am- 5:30pm (last entry at 5:00pm)

August 2015

August 6, 2015
Backyard Basics
Backyard Chickens

10:00 am- 12:00 pm at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-Travis County, 1600-B Smith Road
Are you ready for the fun and rewarding experience of keeping your own backyard chickens? Learn about the various breeds, caring for chicks, ideas to beat boredom, diets for delicious eggs and keeping the coop clean.  Master Gardener Ally Stresing will help you get started with this informative talk on raising the home flock.
Ally is an accomplished vegetable gardener who decided that no backyard garden is complete without chickens. 

Cost: $10 thru 7/27, $15 starting 7/28 and onsite
NO cash accepted - checks and credit cards only.
Register: https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/TravisCounty
Register by Phone: 979-845-2604
Space is limited so register on-line early to reserve your seat!
Contact:  Sue Carrasco, 512-854-9610 or sacarrasco@ag.tamu.edu

August 8, 2015
Saturday Summer Seminars
Photography in the Garden
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Learn how to take plant pictures with impact –namely composition and lighting.  This seminar will begin with an overview of cameras (film & digital), lenses and composition.  Course prerequisites:  study the owner’s manual on your camera.
Sam is a long time photographer and Master Gardener specializing in presentations on Beneficial Insects and Plant Photography. In 2009, he was selected as “Photographer of the Year” in the Travis County Master Gardener photo contest.

Seminar is free, Zilker park entrance fee is $2 per adult, $1 per child (ages 3-12) or seniors (age 62 & over), $3 for non-Austin Residents.  cash or check accepted. For more information contact: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service – Travis County, 512-854-9600. http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/travis/local-extension-resources/calendar-2/

August 9, 2015
Afternoon In The Garden
The Ancient Uses and Benefits of Prickly Pear Cacti (Opuntia)

1:00 pm- 4:00 pm
Experience how to identify and prepare cactus pads for propagation, food, beverages, construction, dyes, water purification, and much more. Compare the weight of a fresh cactus pad against a dried one, then add water to a cup to determine the amount of water retained in a fresh cactus pad. For more information, please contact Chris Sanchez at 512-477-8672, X13

August 10, 2015
Austin Organic Gardeners Presents
Fall Gardening with Judy Barrett
Please join us for our meeting on Monday, August 10th with Judy Barrett publisher of Homegrown Texas. Judy will discuss fall gardening, an extended season in Austin from August to January. Judy will also cover how to include veggies in your landscape. The Austin Organic Gardeners' Club meets at the Austin Area Garden Center, 2220 Barton Springs Rd, in Zilker Botanical Gardens.  Doors open at 6:30 pm for the opportunity to meet, mingle, and ask questions with local gardeners; club business begins at 7 pm, followed by our guest speaker's presentation.  For more information, please visit www.austinorganicgardeners.org.

August 22, 2015
Docent Meeting 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
"Tricks of the Trade"
Advice from teachers, facilitated by Sue King. Let us know what tricks have helped you to lead an effective tour! For more information, call 512-477-8672, ext. 14 or email zilkerdocents@aol.com.


August 23, 2015
Afternoon In The Garden
Grow Culinary Herbs in a Small Space with the Lavish Spiral Herb Garden

1:00 pm- 4:00 pm
Small enough to fit just outside your kitchen window, spiral herb gardens can reach 4 feet in height and spiral down to create a range of micro climates for all your favorite culinary herbs, spices, flowers and vegetables. Not only does this maximize surface area in a confined space, but it also allows you to grow plants together that prefer different climatic conditions. Come to observe the process and techniques incorporated into the design, or dive in for a hands-on experience and go home to build one of your own! For more information, please contact Chris Sanchez at 512-477-8672, X13

August 24, 2015
Austin Butterfly Forum-Regular Meeting
Stingers! An Intimate Look at Wasps
7 PM Meeting:, presented by Valerie Bugh.
When it comes to diverse lifestyles in the animal kingdom, wasps provide some of the most intriguing examples. From minute parasitoids that complete their entire life cycle within the egg of another insect to large predators that can tackle a tarantula, wasps are both captivating and disconcerting. They are important biological controls of many pest insects, the social species are among the most successful animals on Earth, and the fact that some can sting makes them intimidating. We will explore the biology and ecology of this fascinating group through colorful photographs of the beasts and their behaviors.
Val Bugh is a local naturalist specializing in the arthropods of the Austin area, with interests in taxonomy and photography. She runs the Fauna Project at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, leads insect discovery walks, teaches entomology courses, provides insect/spider identifications, gives talks to local organizations, and has published a pocket guide to "The Butterflies of Central Texas." Austin Bug Collection

September 2015

September 5 & 6, 2015
ACSS Fall Show & Sale
10:00 am - 5:00 pm at Austin Area Garden Center at Zilker Botanical Garden
Plant show with specimen cacti and succulent plants from around the world. Plant sales with vendors from Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma. Purchase handcrafted pottery. Participate in the daily silent auction and hourly plant raffles. Enjoy FREE admission with paid admission to Zilker Botanical Garden ($2 adults, $1 children & seniors). Learn from expert advice and pick up free literature. http://austincss.com/Show-&-Sale

 

September 10, 2015
Backyard Basics
Natural Pest Control

10:00 am- 12:00 pm at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-Travis County, 1600-B Smith Road
Come learn how to tell pests from other insects found in your backyard.  We will focus on integrated pest management (IPM) to avoid many problem pests you may experience.  Learn a combination of practices to prevent or avoid pest problems rather than treating them once they occur.   Stabilize your landscape so that conditions are more favorable for plants than for pests.
Wizzie Brown serves as Program Specialist – IPM in the Austin metroplex encompassing Travis County and surrounding counties.  Visit her blog at http://urban-ipm.blogspot.com/

Cost: $10 thru 8/31, $15 starting 09/01 and onsite
NO cash accepted - checks and credit cards only.
Register: https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/TravisCounty
Register by Phone: 979-845-2604
Space is limited so register on-line early to reserve your seat!
Contact:  Sue Carrasco, 512-854-9610 or sacarrasco@ag.tamu.edu


September 13, 2015
Afternoon In The Garden
Floral Design Workshop (TBD)

1:00 pm- 4:00 pm

September 19-20, 2015
Texas Bamboo Festival
10:00 pm- 5:00 pm Saturday & 11:00 am - 5:00 pm Sunday
http://www.bamboocentral.net/

September 26, 2015
Porcelain Art & Plant Sale
10:00 am- 4:00 pm
Visit Austin Garden Center at Zilker Botanical Garden. You will find organic herbs, fall vegetables, handpainted porcelain art, african violets, gesneriads, growing supplies, iris, aquatic plants, daylilies.

September 27, 2015
Afternoon In The Garden
Photography in the Garden (TBD)

1:00 pm- 4:00 pm

October 2015

October 8, 2015
Backyard Basics
Plant Propagation

10:00 am- 12:00 pm at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-Travis County, 1600-B Smith Road
Learn how to make new plants for your yard through propagation methods such as rooting slips and cuttings.  In this workshop you will assemble a self-watering propagator and select cuttings to grow new plants.  All supplies, instructions, and cuttings will be provided for each participant. 
Master Gardener Sue King, a Plant Propagation Specialist, is a retired school librarian, an avid soup-maker, and a life-long gardener.  Master Gardener Carolyn Turman found propagating plants using cuttings as an easy and inexpensive way to add wonderful additions to her landscape.

Cost: $25 thru 9/28, $30 starting 9/29.  Seating limited to 25.   No on-site registration available.
NO cash accepted - checks and credit cards only.
Register: https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/TravisCounty
Register by Phone: 979-845-2604
Space is limited to 25 so register on-line early to reserve your seat!
Contact:  Sue Carrasco, 512-854-9610 or sacarrasco@ag.tamu.edu

October 17, 2015
Inside Austin Gardens Tour
The Travis County Master Gardeners Association has set Saturday, October 17, 2015 for their popular Inside Austin Gardens Tour (IAGT). The tour provides a rare look inside six private gardens and one public experimental garden that demonstrate realistic, sustainable gardening practices for Central Texas.

The tour’s theme remains: “For Gardeners. By Gardeners”, focusing on the practical beauty, variety and stamina of native and well-adapted plants in the garden. In turn, each garden has a theme that demonstrates a particular set of characteristics Central Texas gardeners are likely to encounter in their own gardens.  Those themes are:

Flashy Natives – bright and colorful
Sunbathing Natives – brutal, full sun
Shady Natives – shade and under trees
Death-Defying Natives – especially hardy, minimal water
Cottage Natives – Texas tough classics
Oh Deer! – deer-resistant, not deer-proof
Native Testing Ground – new varieties and proven winners

Now in its eighth year, the IAGT is held every 18 months by the Travis County Master Gardeners Association and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-Travis County.  The one-day event features behind-the-scenes looks at gardens of Travis County Master Gardeners. As many as 2,000 people typically attend. Tickets may be purchased in advance via the website or at the garden sites. Complete information and tickets at www.InsideAustinGardens.org


October 24, 2015

Docent Meeting 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
"An Artist's View of ZBG" with Alisan Clarke.
Local artist and AAGC Historian Alisan Clarke will teach us how to use viewfinders to see different scenes of nature as created by Zilker garden designers. Alisan gave this program 6 years ago, pointing out the views that we miss in our rush to "see everything" and meet the school bus on time. Bring your camera! For more information, call 512-477-8672, ext. 14 or email zilkerdocents@aol.com.

November 2015

November 12, 2015
Backyard Basics
Bold and Beautiful Edibles

10:00 am- 12:00 pm at Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service-Travis County, 1600-B Smith Road
Come join us to learn about edible plants with ornamental potential for Central Texas landscapes. We're talking artichokes, asparagus, rhubarb, strawberries, herbs and more. Some are perennials, some are annuals, but all will beautify your landscape and satisfy your appetite.
Master Gardener Patty Leander is a writer for Texas Gardener magazine and grows vegetables year round in her Oak Hill garden.

Cost: $10 thru 11/02, $15 starting 11/03 and onsite
NO cash accepted - checks and credit cards only.
Register: https://agriliferegister.tamu.edu/TravisCounty
Register by Phone: 979-845-2604
Space is limited so register on-line early to reserve your seat!
Contact:  Sue Carrasco, 512-854-9610 or sacarrasco@ag.tamu.edu


November 21, 2015 10-1

Docent Meeting 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Plant Identification & decorate Christmas tree
Meeting & decorate docent Christmas tree. For more information, call 512-477-8672, ext. 14 or email zilkerdocents@aol.com.



December 2015

December 19, 2015
Docent Meeting
Zilker Garden Docents Deliver gifts for Blue Santa!
Docent Margarine Beaman has been on their board for several years, and we decided to join her in volunteering for this worthwhile cause in lieu of a December meeting. More info to come. For more information, call 512-477-8672, ext. 14 or email zilkerdocents@aol.com.



January 2016



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Please note parking information and the following closure information.

Closed
Zilker Botanical Garden and the Garden Center Building are normally open every day. Additional closures may occur due to unforeseen circumstances. Scheduled closures include:

 

 
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