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Dallas artist J. Michael Hargrove has created four hand-detailed wildflower prints.

Wildflowers abound–in our landscapes, along our roadsides, blooming abundantly from the pages of our favorite Texas travel magazine…. Want to bring those beautiful blooms indoors with you? Think artwork. We like artist J. Michael Hargrove's detailed 11-by-17-inch depictions of the Indian paintbrush, bluebonnet, Texas bluebell (shown above), and evening primrose. J. Michael creates the prints using an old-fashioned quill pen and India ink, then hand-colors each one in pencil and watercolor. Each one sells for $70, or you can buy the set of four for $250. Call 214/553-1512;

In Austin, the Zilker Garden Festival (Apr. 13-14) features live music, food, arts and crafts, exhibits and games for kids, and dozens of plant vendors. Whether you're searching for herbs, cacti, clumping bamboo, or native trees and flowers, you'll find them here. Call 512/477-8672;

The Corpus Christi Botanical Gardens, on 180 acres along Oso Creek, showcase floral gardens blended with native habitat and natural wetlands. On April 6, the Gardens host a one-day workshop called Spring Wildflowers of South Texas, led by naturalist Gene Blacklock. On April 20, don't miss the Spring Garden Festival & Plant Sale, which features free seminars and guided tours of the gardens, as well as an orchid auction, and hundreds of plants for sale….call 361/852-2100;

Celebrate Arbor Day–April 25 this year–by planting a native tree. Devote a little TLC to its care early on, and your tree will reward you with shade, fresh air, and beauty for many years. Check out the National Arbor Foundation's Web site,, for more details. After all, so the saying goes, the best time to plant a tree was 10 years ago. The second-best time is right now.

For 22 years, Mary Kemp and her family have invited the public to see the wildflowers and enjoy a day in the country at their ranch near Weatherford. The Shaw-Kemp Open House (Apr. 13 this year) features carriage rides, live music, historical reenactments, demonstrations of frontier skills and crafts, miniature horses and vintage cars, and tours of the many historical structures on the property. If Mother Nature cooperates, you'll see abundant bluebonnets and pink primroses blooming along the roadsides.…call 817/594-6837.

The town of Seguin boasts tree-lined streets, great antique stores, and, in recent years, a bit of celebrity, thanks to author Janice Woods Windle, who has set three of her books here (including the best-selling True Women and the just-released Will's War). The Seguin Convention and Visitors Bureau has organized three tours for fans interested in seeing the sites depicted in the novels, and April–with wildflowers galore–proves a great time to visit. The self-guided tours explore Seguin and the surrounding countryside. …call 830/379-6382 or 800/580-7322;

Established in 1951 to preserve plants, animals, and natural communities, The Nature Conservancy presents In Response to Place: Photographs from The Nature Conservancy's Last Great Places at the Houston Museum of Natural Science through April 21. With works by such artists as Annie Leibovitz, William Wegman, Sally Mann, and Terry Evans, this collection of 130 images explores and celebrates the natural world. Educational programs associated with these exhibitions include a lecture on Texas' endangered plants and animals, landscaping workshops, and field trips….call 713/639-4629;

The New York-based Garden Conservancy hosts an annual Open Days program that allows the public access to hundreds of private gardens coast to coast. In Texas, 13 gardens in Houston open their gates April 13-14, followed by eight gardens in Dallas on May 18, and then five spaces in Austin on September 28. Admission to each garden costs $5. Call 888/842-2442 to find out where to pick up maps and instructions; or purchase The Garden Conservancy's Open Days Directory: The Guide to Visiting America's Best Private Gardens ($15.95 at bookstores and nurseries, or you can order by calling the number above).

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