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March 2013 Issue—

President's Message

A Pond for All Seasons

Austin Pond Society Tour

First Austin African Violet Society

Iris Society of Austin Show

Austin Area Begonia Society

Heart O’Texas Orchid Society Show & Sale

Events at a Glance

Walk of Friends

President's Message

It literally seems like yesterday that we celebrated our 50th Zilker Garden Festival in the spring of 2007.  This year, we will celebrate our 56th garden festival –6 years later!  Those years have gone by in a nanosecond. 

As I stroll around this beloved garden in the heart of Austin, I see the footprints left by passionate gardeners—all members of AAGC garden clubs. And, we continue to do so…no more leaking ponds in the Taniguchi Japanese Garden, thanks to AAGC’s DinoLand funds, generous donations from the Austin Pond Society, grants from the Austin Parks Foundation, and countless volunteer hours from AAGC members.  

And the list goes on…a fern bed that has been planted and nurtured over the last 5 years by the Fern Team (The Garden Club of Austin), an Herb Garden that grows and flourishes, a Children’s Garden that is cared for by several of our garden clubs, the Hartman Prehistoric Garden… Iris beds, Daylily beds, a Cactus and Succulent Garden, the Mabel Davis Rose Garden, the Butterfly Garden.  AAGC has left its DNA all over Austin’s only botanical garden! Read more »

A Pond for all seasons

Washtubs have several uses.  The obvious is for washing, they also make fine musical instruments, but the use they get at my place is as ponds.

A washtub pond is easy to set up, inexpensive, simple to maintain, and a pleasant addition to a landscape, patio, deck, or even an apartment balcony.

I have two in my yard.  One, I’ve had for several years, the other I just set up using this article as an excuse:  I needed photos of the prep stages, right?

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Austin Pond Society Tour

The Austin Pond Society will be hosting its 19th annual Pond Tour on June 8th and 9th this year. This is a garden tour which will feature beautiful landscapes with the added dimension of water features. Some ponds are owner constructed and others were professionally built, and many of the gardens are Certified Wildlife Habitats.      

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First Austin African Violet Society

First Austin African Violet Society's Spring display and sale is March 16 & 17, with special demonstrations.
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Iris Society of Austin Show

“Jewels of the Earth”  is the theme selected by James Hadley, show chairman, for the 2013 Iris Society of Austin Show that will adorn the Austin Area Garden Center Auditorium in Zilker Botanical Garden on Saturday, March 30.

This 24th accredited show will be judged under the rules and regulations of The American Iris Society. 
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Austin Area Begonia Society Hosts Convention

Austin Area Begonia Society Branch of the American Begonia Society hosts the National and Regional Convention.

As the Austin Area Begonia Society Branch celebrates its 10th Anniversary, Doug Byrom, President and all the members will enthusiastically be hosting the American Begonia Society/ Southwest Region Get Together on May 29-June1 at the Holiday Inn Austin Lady Bird Lake.

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Heart O’Texas Orchid Society’s 42nd Annual Show & Sale

Come Catch the “Fever” Orchid Fever, that is! This year we are very proud to present the 42nd Annual Orchid Show here in Austin. While this affliction is not life threatening, it can be very contagious. Join us at this year’s 42nd Annual Orchid Show and Sale. There will be hundreds of blooming orchids for sale, as well as hlpful information for growing these beautiful plants from the 7 vendors and society members. Visit and shop with our knowledgeable vendors from around the state, and pick the brains of our experienced society members. Read more>>

events at a glance

March 11 & 12
Woodland Faerie Trail opens with faerie homes on display

Thursday, Mar 14, 10am-12p
Educational Seminar: Understanding Soil and Soil Amendments
(not at ZBG)

March 15, 7-9pm
Faerie Trail by Starlight

Saturday & Sunday, Mar 16 & 17
African Violet Show & Sale

Sunday, Mar 17, 12-4pm
Afternoon in the Garden

Saturday, Mar 30
Iris Show (no sale)

Friday, Apr 5: ZBG Closed for festival setup

Saturday & Sunday, Apr 6 & 7, 10am-5pm
Zilker Garden Festival

Thursday, April 11, 10am-12p
Educational Seminar: When and How to Fertilize
(not at ZBG)

Saturday & Sunday, Apr 13 & 14, 10am-5pm
Cactus & Succulent Show & Sale

Saturday & Sunday, Apr 27 & 28
Orchid Society 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:, 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
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