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You gotta dig Texas Native Plant Week

The City of Round Rock stormwater drainage team reminds you that this week is Texas Native Plant Week.

Native plants are a good choice whether you are planting a tree, shrub, flowers, vines or grasses because they are acclimated to our local conditions and soils, provide habitat for wildlife, typically require less water and maintenance once established, and do not rely on chemical fertilizers and pesticides to thrive.

These homegrown plants also give us a sense of place and help maintain the region’s wide variety of flora and fauna. Not only do they provide all of these wonderful benefits, but they are beautiful, too!

What better place to check out native plants -- and buy some -- than the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 13 and 14, the Wildflower Center hosts its Fall Plant Sale & Gardening Festival. You can choose from nearly 300 species of Texas native plants. The event also features artists and authors signing their works in the store, guided walks and talks and tips for your garden from experts and kids activities.

Admission is $9 adults, $7 seniors and students, $4 UT faculty, staff or students with identification, $3 children ages 5 through 12, members and children under 5 free.

For more information, call 232-0100. Stop by the booth of the Native Plant Society of Texas Austin Chapter and the Williamson County Chapter.

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