October 2010 issue—
Bromeliads Add a Colorful Tropical Look
Tropical Plants in Central Texas
Heart O' Texas Orchid Seminar and Sale
Taniguchi Japanese Garden Open House
Upcoming Events at ZBG
Chrysalis Giftshop Feature
It's Time to Plant Wildflowers
Celebrate Texas Native Plant Week
What's Blooming at ZBG
Walk of Friends
Gardening…with Vision & Purpose
As we go to “press” with our 5th Down the Garden Path E-Newsletter, the City of Austin is conducting a community survey to ask citizens to help plan the city’s future. The overarching theme of this plan is sustainability. One of the “vision statements” – Austin is Natural and Sustainable – confirms that “Austin is a green city” that respects the need “to protect and preserve environmentally sensitive land…and the limitations of our natural resources” (Imagine Austin Newsletter, Fall 2010, www.ImagineAustin.net).
Well, folks, AAGC figured that out last year when we decided to “spread more green by going paperless.” As always, this issue is filled with articles of interest to local gardeners… Read more »
BROMELIADS ADD A COLORFUL TROPICAL LOOK
Bromeliads are one of the best kept secrets in the plant world. My goal is to introduce you to the wonderful world of bromeliads and try to let you know what you are missing if they are not part of your plant collection. They are diverse, fascinating, and relatively easy to grow. There are 54 genera and 3,168 species of identified bromeliads throughout the world. They have been hybridized extensively and many new striking plants have resulted with both bloom and foliage that offer more color than any other plant I am aware of. Because bromeliads are "different" looking than traditional plants and most people consider them exotic, therefore perceived as hard to grow, bromeliads have not caught on among plant enthusiasts nearly as much as they deserve to. Read more>>
TROPICAL PLANTS AND CENTRAL TEXAS
On a recent 12 day eco-tour of Costa Rica, I was astounded by the lush, fast growing, beautiful plants, flowers, and the wildlife they attract. In fact Costa Rica has created a healthy eco-tourism economy by deciding to leave their natural ecosystem alone and protect 26.6% of their land area as biological preserves. That drew us there to see for ourselves a pristine and healthy rain forest ecosystem that thrives at both sea level and in volcanic mountain ranges above 6,000 ft.
Heart O' Texas Orchid Seminar
On Saturday, October 30, the Heart o' Texas Orchid Society presents the 10th Annual New Growers Seminar from 10am to 1pm. Lectures will include the 7 variables: Light, Temperature, Humidity, Air Movement, Water, Growing Medium & Fertilizing (called feeding). There will also be a lecture on Pests and Diseases. Free handouts—with tips for beginners on growing different orchids in the home, greenhouse or outdoors—will be available. Each person who attends will receive one free orchid.
More info at www.hotos.org
Taniguchi Japanese Garden
Sunday, Nov 7, 1-4pm.
Docent-led tours, displays, demonstrations.
View news release and flyer for more information.
Upcoming Events at ZBG
Be sure to check our Hours when making your plans to visit! Closing time changes on Nov 7.
Oct 18-24 Texas Native Plant Week
Oct 30 Orchid Seminar, New Growers Seminar
Nov 7 Taniguchi Japanese Garden Open House
Nov 7 ZBG closing time changes to 5:30pm
Nov 13-14 Porcelain Arts Show & Sale
Nov 25: ZBG Closed - Thanksgiving Holiday
Dec 24-25: ZBG Closed - Christmas Holidays
Dec 31-Jan 1, 2011: ZBG Closed - New Year Holidays
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