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Nature at Night

As the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin gears up for the beauty of its fall season, it introduces a series of evening events called Nature Nights. Every Thursday night in July and August, the Wildflower Center remains open until 9 p.m., and admission costs only $1. If you've experienced the trails and gardens only during the daytime, wait until the sun goes down; nighttime flowers perfume the air, and you'll spy the plants and resident critters in a new light.

On August 7, learn more about bats when representatives from Bat Conservation International bring in Mexican free-tailed and flying fox bats to demonstrate their contributions to the environment. On August 14, learn how to prepare garden beds for next year's top springtime blooms. If all that digging and bending puts your body through the ringer, check out August 21's program on yoga for gardeners. And on August 28, native-plant experts, focusing on fall flowers, lead walks throughout the Wildflower Center's demonstration gardens.

The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is at 4801 La Crosse Ave. in southwest Austin. Call 512/292-4200.

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