December is a perfect time for giving to those gardeners in your life, and for giving back to those non-profit gardens, which bring beauty and education to our communities. We have both of these opportunities from our incredible Fling sponsors this year.
Zilker Botanical Garden is located on 26 acres in the heart of Austin. It has been a public garden in Austin since October 25th, 1964 and maintained since then by the Austin Area Garden Council and the City of Austin. The garden is in the midst of some exciting new changes. In 2015 the Zilker Botanical Garden Conservancy was established to take over management of the gardens and raise funds to rejuvenate the gardens. They are a 501(c)(3) and are currently in their end-of-year fundraising campaign. There are big plans for 2018 that we all have a chance to be a part of!
The Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center is dedicated to the preservation of native plants and just this year was named the Texas State Botanic Garden. The garden houses 800 species of Texas native plants, 1800 insect species, and 148 bird species. They also grow 60,000 plants annually, many of which are provided to the community and their Spring/Fall plant sales. The WFC provides a variety of educational opportunities to both children and adults as well. You can donate to this non-profit at several different levels.
Both Zilker Botanical Garden and The Ladybird Wildflower center have gift shops as well - for you locals!
Hortus TV is exactly what Santa ordered! As we settle in for a long winter, staring out the window at the snow covered landscape, and barren plants, why not come up with new ideas for next year's garden? Hortus provides hours of streaming content dedicated completely to gardening! You can give to your friends or use that cash from your stocking to purchase a membership for yourself. There are 3, 6 and 12 month options!
Articulture is a design-firm and boutique here in Austin. They specialize in creating art with living plants. It is not just about table-top displays, but also living walls and furniture! Articulture also hosts a variety of classes and artist talks - not to mention their new Winedown Wednesdays. What's not to love? Everyone at the Fling will have a chance to shop in person, but no need to wait. They have a great online store with all kinds of goodies!
Precision Camera has your photography needs covered! Whether it is a few things for stocking stuffers (camera strap, batteries, lights), a new bag, or maybe time for that camera upgrade. Precision matches any price and their online store is extensive. You can also purchase gift cards which can be used towards items, or one of their professional-led classes, or weekend photo excursions.
Don't forget to check out the sidebar for links to our other great sponsors! And click here for Part 1 of our Holiday Gift Guide.
Happy holiday shopping, garden bloggers!