Today Inge Rider, Dianne Richter and I met at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center for the special activities in connection with National Public Garden Day. I arrived early because I wanted to see if I could buy a plant that was recommended by Mr. Smarty Plants, a special section of their Web site. I wanted something for my little 4x4 bed that would be "brown thumb" resistant. :>) They recommended salvia greggii. I bought one with red flowers. Mr. Smarty Plants is actually a group of people who answer questions about plants. Today "he" was personified by Barbara Medford. There were free hats, tee shirts and aluminum water bottles.
The Wildflower Center is the featured garden for Texas this year. Randi Shade, an Austin City Council member, read the proclamation on behalf of the mayor and presented it to Susan Rieff, the Wildflower Center Director.
After this there were docent-led tours of the gardens, which emphasized native plants that are drought-resistant. We were part of an interesting tour led by Jackie Mattice. She also discussed the architecture, which reflects the Spanish missions, the craftsmanship of German farmers who settled in Central Texas and the practical, economical structures on Texas ranches.
At the end of the tour, Inge, Dianne and I visited the art exhibit in the McDermott Learning Center. There were numerous paper sculptures by Shou Ping (one of my favorite artists) and photographs from "Texas Highways" magazine. Dianne had to end her visit here because she had an early-afternoon appointment. Inge and I had lunch in the Wildflower Café. We ordered two kinds of sandwiches and shared them.
On my way home, I stopped at Van's Auto Parts to see if I could get a locking gas cap for Daisy. They didn't have one in stock but they said that they would order one for me from San Antonio. It should be ready for me to pick up tomorrow afternoon.