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Shop native plants and more at Hill Country Lawn and Garden Show

Hill Country Lawn and Garden Show

An array of native plants and garden vendors will fill up the Texas A&M AgriLife auditorium in Burnet on March 25 for the Hill Country Lawn and Garden Show. Courtesy photo by Roxanne Dunegan

The 23rd annual Hill Country Lawn and Garden Show is Saturday, March 25, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Texas A&M AgriLife auditorium, 607 N. Vandeveer St. in Burnet. Admission is free. Green thumbs will find an abundance of native plants for sale, home and garden artisans, a silent auction, family-friendly activities, and more.

Proceeds from vendors go toward Highland Lakes Master Gardener Association projects across the area, such as the King’s Garden in Kingsland, Burnet Middle School Greenhouse Project, and Green Thumb programs. Homemade lunches will be for sale from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. to help raise additional money.

“This event is one of (the association’s) primary fundraisers of the year,” said Roxanne Dunegan, the show’s chairperson. “These fundraisers allow us to support the volunteer work that we do for a variety of other nonprofits. That’s why it is a real biggie for us.”

Presentations include:

  • 10:15 a.m. — “Getting Started with Natives” by Fred Zagst
  • 11:30 a.m. — “Cactus 101” by Alice Liles
  • 12:45 p.m. — “What’s Bugging You? Good and Bad Bugs” by Karen Stewart
  • 2 p.m. — “Container Gardening for the Hill Country” by Willard Horn

The Highland Lakes chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas will have a question-and-answer booth to provide information on the area’s native plants.

“Native plants give two primary advantages for Central Texans,” Dunegan said. “They are adaptable to the unusual weather we have, so they can withstand drought, cold, and heat. It also saves on your water. They are very drought tolerant and don’t require a lot of care. If you kill a native plant, you’re probably over-loving it.”

dakota@thepicayune.com