November 2014 Events
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Austin / Travis County
Take in several special events at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center this month: Wildflower Days 2015 Revealed (Nov. 8-9); Fibonacci Day (Nov. 23); and Holiday Countdown Begins (Nov. 28-30). Find details at http://www.wildflower.org/events/.
Enjoy lifelike and fantastical creatures created by Barbara Attwell in “Morphogenesis,” an exhibit of her sculptures made of colorful, felted wool, at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. The indoor exhibit of 30-plus sculptures depicts everything from endangered birds to seedpod-like beings suspended in the air. In McDermott Learning Center through early December. Also see Cynthia Clerc’s vibrant acrylic nature images in the store through Dec. 7. The fellow Texan’s mixed-media paintings incorporate seedpods and other found elements while displaying the richness of our natural environment. Admission: $9 adults, $7 seniors and students, $3 children, free for members and children under 5. For more information, call 512-232-0100 or visit www.wildflower.org.
Corpus Christi / Nueces County
Take one last swing through the South Texas Botanical Gardens before the plumeria are tucked away for the winter! It’s Buck Day on Saturday, Nov. 1, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., so you can enjoy the “flora, fauna and fun” for just $1 per person. Find details at www.stxbot.org.
Dallas / Dallas County
Shop the Fall Plant Sale at Texas Discovery Gardens on Nov. 1, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The Member’s Plant Sale is Oct. 31, 4-7 p.m. Find details here.
Buy tickets now for “The 12 Days of Christmas,” opening Nov. 16 at the Dallas Arboretum. Tickets are selling fast for evening viewings of this spectacular Victorian-styled Christmas display featuring 25-foot-tall gazebos built around the 12 days named in the popular carol. The exhibit continues through Jan. 4, 2015. Daytime general admission is regular pricing and free for Arboretum members. Find detailed information at http://www.dallasarboretum.org/. For inquiries regarding discounted tickets for groups of 15 or larger, contact email@example.com or call 214-515-6520.
Take advantage of buy-one, get-one-free general admission to the Dallas Arboretum on BOGO Wednesdays, now through Nov. 26. You’ll enjoy Autumn at the Arboretum displays, including the acclaimed Pumpkin Village. BOGO tickets are available onsite only. See details about this and many other special offers at www.dallasarboretum.org.
Sign up for special classes at Texas Discovery Gardens this month: Succulent Container Gardening (Nov. 8); Desert Ecology (Nov. 12); and Holiday Wreath Making (Nov. 22). Find details here.
Fort Worth / Grapevine / Tarrant County
Be a part of Project Daffodil, the planting of 25,000 daffodil bulbs along the Trinity River in Fort Worth, Nov. 1 and 2. If you can dig in the dirt, you can be a part of this undertaking sponsored by Camp Fire First in celebration of its Centennial year. This free family event is organized around a shift schedule (10 a.m., noon, and 2 p.m. on Saturday; 11 a.m and 1 p.m. on Sunday). Pre-registration is preferred. Everyone is welcome. Organizations and corporations are encouraged to turn out their members! Click here for more details.
Become a Master Composter (or simply learn more about composting) at the Compost Outpost at Fort Worth Botanic Garden. Master Composter training is scheduled for Nov. 6-8. Registration (required) ends Oct. 31. Find details at http://fwbg.org/education/workshops-and-classes/.
Houston / Harris County
Learn to build your own vertical garden with Steven Chamblee at the Arbor Gate in Tomball on Saturday, Nov. 1, 10 a.m. One lucky volunteer will go home with the demo piece. Other presentations at Arbor Gate this month include Lunch with the Experts, Susan Wood (“The 10 Biggest Mistakes in Growing Herbs,: Nov. 5) and Jeremy Kollaus (“Simple Salad Containers,” Nov. 19). Find details at www.arborgate.com.
Mark your calendar for the Christmas Open House at the Arbor Gate in Tomball on Saturday, Dec. 6, 4-7 p.m. Food, merriment and music. Find details at www.arborgate.com.
Louisiana – Bienville Parish
Hop over the Texas border to Saline, Louisiana, for the Annual Plant Sale at the Briarwood Nature Preserve on Saturday, Nov. 1. Plant offerings include native azaleas, native trees, Louisiana irises, perennials and bog plants. Sale runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The preserve is located on Louisiana Hwy 9, two miles south of Saline. For additional information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 318-576-3379.
McAllen / Hidalgo County
Enjoy a series of Songbird Strolls, Garden Walks/Talks, and a Nature Speaker Series at Quinta Mazatlan this month. Two of the Nature Speakers are Erik Bruhnke (Nov. 13) speaking on “Birds of the North Woods” and Donna Wright (Nov. 20), speaking on “Tower Gardening.” General admission is $3 adults and $2 seniors. Quinta Mazatlan is located at 600 Sunset Drive in McAllen. Find details at www.quintamazatlan.com.
McKinney / Collin County
Mark your calendar for the Holiday Trail of Lights at the Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary, Dec. 13, 19 and 20, 6:30-9 p.m. Guests will enjoy thousands of lights (some synchronized to holiday music) along a half-mile nature trail. Beverages, treats and photos with Father Christmas. Savings available with advance ticket purchases at www.heardmuseum.org.
Nacogdoches / Nacogdoches County
Attend this month’s lecture in the Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series on Thursday, Nov. 13, when Jenny Wegley, director of horticulture at the Dallas Arboretum, presents “If I Hear Color One More Time, I’m Changing My Profession.” The garden lectures are held on second Thursdays at 7 p.m. in the new Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. in Nacogdoches. A rare plant raffle is included. The lectures are free and open to the public, but donations will be appreciated. Parking is available at the nearby Raguet Elementary School. For more information call 936-468-1832 or e-mail email@example.com.
San Antonio / Bexar County
Enjoy fall events at the San Antonio Botanical Garden this month: Scarecrow Trail Exhibit (through Nov. 16) and Family Flashlight Night (Nov. 7). Find details at http://www.sabot.org/events/.
Take the kids to Nature Connects, an exhibit of art made with LEGO® bricks at the San Antonio Botanical Garden, now through Jan. 4, 2015! The exhibit features 27 sculptures in 14 displays created from nearly 500,000 LEGO® bricks by artist Sean Kenney. The largest sculpture is a mother bison, made from 45,142 bricks. Regular admission rates apply. See details at http://www.sabot.org/events/.
Experience Holidays in Bloom at the San Antonio Botanical Garden, Nov. 28 – Dec. 31. It’s your chance to step away from the holiday whirlwind and enjoy the season in nature. Find details at http://www.sabot.org/events/.