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Local wildflower season looks promising

By Sonny Long
Feb. 23, 2012 at 5:01 p.m.
Updated Feb. 23, 2012 at 8:24 p.m.

Coreopsis bloom in the Nursery area.

SPECIAL YEAR FOR WILDFLOWER CENTER

2012 is a landmark year for the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin: Johnson would have been 100 years old on Dec. 22 and the Texas Legislature has declared 2012 the Lady Bird Johnson Centennial Year. It is also the 30th anniversary of the center. On April 27, the Centennial Gala and Silent Art Auction to celebrate Lady Bird Johnson's Centennial Anniversary will be held. The event, "A Bouquet for Mrs. J," will kick off the celebration of her contributions to the preservation of the natural environment. For more information, call 512-232-0100.

Although Wildflower Month in DeWitt County isn't officially until April, sprigs of color are already beginning to dot the rural landscape.

Designated as the Wildflower Capital of Texas by the State Legislature in 1999, drought conditions have plagued a consistent wildflower season for DeWitt County in recent years.

Myrna Hassfield, president of the DeWitt County Wildflower Association, said she's hearing good reports so far.

"I am starting to hear from property owners that fields that have previously been bare, are now full of bluebonnets," she said. "I hope that will bode well for other varieties of wildflowers as well. I really think we'll have a good year."

"I've heard some experts say they are expecting a banner year because of all the rain," Hassfield. "My expectation is that this could be the best year we've had in the last four years, but we'll have to wait and see what mother nature has in store."

Hassfield said the DeWitt County Wildflower Association will once again plant and maintain the gardens at the county historical museum during Wildflower Month.

"We want visitors to the museum to continue to enjoy the natural beauty of the gardens for as long as we have volunteers willing to plant, water and maintain the gardens," Hassfield said.

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