Winter beauty at the Wildflower Center Leave a comment

January 30, 2024

It’s possumhaw berry season in Austin. The crimson berries of this deciduous native holly (Ilex decidua) are blazing at the edge of woodlands and in sunny gardens all over town, including at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

This one in particular wowed me last Saturday. I also enjoy the wig-like Texas nolina cascading over the boulder terrace.

The shapely, silver-white trunks of Texas persimmon (Diospyros texana) also catch my eye in this quieter season.

These are two excellent small, native trees to add to your garden for winter interest. Plant now, before the heat returns.

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Attend the third annual Budding Out Plant Sale & Festival on March 16th at the John Fairey Garden in Hempstead. Rare and distinctive plants from the garden’s nursery and from select plant vendors will be for sale. Additional offerings include art, ceramics, jewelry, food, music, and presentations. Admission: $5 for members, $10 for non-members, children under 12 free. Hours: 10 am to 4 pm; members get early admission at 9 am (memberships available on day of event).

Come out to Austin’s Mayfield Park on April 6th for the Mayfield Park Gardening Symposium & Fundraiser, 8:30 to 11 am. This annual benefit for the park includes a raffle, plant sale, and garden speakers.

Come learn about gardening and design at Garden Spark! I organize in-person talks by inspiring designers, landscape architects, authors, and gardeners a few times a year in Austin. These are limited-attendance events that sell out quickly, so join the Garden Spark email list to be notified in advance; simply click this link and ask to be added. Season 8 kicks off in fall 2024. Stay tuned for more info!

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