Down the Garden Path, Zilker Botanical Garden

March 2012 Issue—

President's Message
African Violet Show and Sale
Iris Society of Austin Show
Cactus and Succulent Show & Sale
Heart O' Texas Orchid Show
Docents of Zilker Botanical Garden
Plant Cultivars
Weeds - A Dreaded Part of Gardening
Events at a Glance
Walk of Friends

President's Message

Zilker Garden FestivalIn October 2009, we launched our premiere issue of Down the Garden Path as an online newsletter. Our mission was clear — to spread more green by going paperless. That summer, Texas had experienced one of the worst droughts on record, with Stage 2 watering restrictions in Austin. Well, as you recall — especially if you are a gardener — the summer of 2011 rivaled that record! An article in The Statesman (January 1, 2012) helped us remember: "2011 takes record for hot, hot, hot".

Gardeners are rethinking how we use and conserve water. AAGC's mission statement includes an important message: our organization is committed to "the education of citizens, emphasizing youth, in the art of gardening….to promote recreational opportunities through the media of gardening and outdoor life…"

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African Violet Show and Sale

African VioletThe First Austin African Violet Society's 44th Annual Judged Show and Sale is Saturday (11am - 4:30pm) & Sunday (11am - 4pm), March 17 & 18. African Violet and other gesneriad plants and growing supplies will be for sale. Admission is free with paid admission to Zilker Botanical Garden. For more information see website www.faavs.org or contact Susan Kautz at 512/365-1818 or gizzmo@austin.rr.com.

Iris Society of Austin Show

Iris The Iris Society of Austin in cooperation with The American Iris Society will sponsor a judged show Sunday, April 8 in the Zilker Garden Center Auditorium open to the public, free with paid admission to the gardens. Pat Freeman, Artistic Division Chairman, has always encouraged members to enter their floral arrangements expressing the show theme, and this year anyone who has not won a blue ribbon can create a design using "Dancing in an Iris Garden". Read more »

Cactus and Succulent Show & Sale

On Saturday & Sunday, Apr 14 & 15, the Austin Cactus and Succulent Society presents the Cactus & Succulent Show & Sale. Cactus & succulents The show includes specimen cacti and succulent plants from around the world. Plant sales with vendors from Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico. Handcrafted pottery by Austin artists David Gutman & Rick Van Dyke. To read more about the show & sale.....www.austincss.com

Heart O' Texas Orchid Show

OrchidsThe Heart O' Texas Orchid Society presents the 41st Annual Orchid Show, "Orchid Heaven". Orchids are Mother Nature at her best, so come join us and check out all the beautiful orchids that will be on display. There will also be hundreds of blooming orchids for sale, as well as helpful information for growing these beautiful plants from the 8 vendors and society members. Read more »

Docents of Zilker Botanical Garden

DocentWhen you see and hear children's voices in the garden you know spring is right around the corner. Our wonderful, enthusiastic docents are leading school children on tours of the garden. There is so much in the garden to share with the students that the 1 1/2 hour tour goes by quickly. Come and be a docent with us and share this wonderful garden. For more information please contact Marion Alsup 480-0311.

Plant Cultivars

A cultivar is a variety of a plant characteristic which originated in nature but can only be replicated by asexual reproduction and human intervention.  Here's an example of how cultivars of desired plants can help solve landscape problems. Most of us live in small residential sized yard communities where space is limited. We recently converted our entire yard to xeriscaping where perennials and shrubs take the place of turf grass. We researched native and adaptive plants that met requirements of ranging from 1' to no taller than 3' height, both deciduous and evergreen. Our desired plant choices included use of Jerusalem Sage, Copper Canyon Daisy, Texas Sage, and Fragrant Sumac, but all these plants grow to 6' and larger. Read more>>

Weeds - A dreaded part of gardening

The old saying that nothing is certain except "death and taxes" should add "weeds" to the list! So what is the difference between a native plant and a weed? Actually none, except the definition we give it which has everything to do with the location and proliferation and little to do with the actual plant. The difference is sometimes in the eyes of the beholder. In England, Dandelion greens are savored in salads and the Dandelion was declared an endangered wildflower! Here, we would gladly export every one we have to England. A weed by our definition is a plant that grows where it is not wanted. Furthermore, it reproduces and spreads, competes with other plants for light, nutrition, and space; can harbor pests and diseases, and detracts from the desired aesthetic of the landscape. Actually, all of the above characteristics apply to native plants as well. Read more>>

events at a glance

Mar 17 & 18: African Violet Show & Sale

Mar 30: ZBG Closed - Setup for festival

Mar 31 & Apr 1: Zilker Garden Festival

Apr 8: Iris Show

Apr 14 & 15: Cactus & Succulent Show & Sale

Apr 28 & 29: Orchid Show & Sale

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Walk of Friends

Walk of FriendsDONATE A BRICK TODAY! Order forms are available at the Garden Center or can be downloaded from the web site at: www.zilkergarden.org, click on Support and then Walk of Friends.

It's easy! Select the size of brick you would like, choose your message and return the form with your payment. For more information, contact Sandra Holt at 512-345-3164, or visit www.zilkergarden.org/support/friends.html
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KLRU's Central Texas Gardener

This weekly gardening show is a rich source of information for Austin and Central Texas gardeners. Check out their weekly show schedule for topics & air times, the "To Do List" for monthly gardening tasks, and much more...

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