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American Begonia Society
National Convention 2013
Begonias — The
May 29th thru June 2nd
Known for Begonias, music, and so much more.
Years ago when people talked about Austin they would quickly mention the music. But that's just the beginning of what they're saying these days. Austin is also home to a wonderful ballet, world-class museums, one-of-a-kind shopping and beautiful outdoor spaces. You can just as easily spend your morning paddling the lake as you can strolling through a celebrated history museum. And it's okay if you don't have time to fit it all in, you can just come back and visit us again.
Tour Details ABS 2013 Convention – Austin, TX
Tour #1 Wednesday May 29, 2013 Starts with a Welcome Champagne Breakfast in the hospitality room from 8:00 – 10:00. At that time we will start loading the bus for a 10:30 departure for:
The Great Outdoors Nursery http://www.gonursery.com/The Great Outdoors provides the sights and sounds of babbling waterfalls and fountains, sweet songbirds and energetic squirrels, all under a canopy of towering majestic oak trees.
Austin Duck Adventures Austin Land and Lake Tour http://austinducks.com/ An amphibious tour of downtown Austin and beautiful Lake Austin inside one of our Unsinkable, US coast guard inspected Hydra Terra vehicles. Austin’s best tour with sightseeing that includes Historic Sixth Street, the State Capitol Building, Bob Bullock State History Museum, the Governor’s Mansion, and Lake Austin.
Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum http://www.thestoryoftexas.com/ One of the most popular attractions in Central Texas, the Museum has been visited by over 5 million people coming from every state in the United States and every continent on Earth. This includes viewing of your choice of one of two twenty minute shows in the Texas Sprit Theater. Texas café is located in the museum for a snack or late lunch.
Tour #2 (Departs 8:00am): Thursday May 30, 2013 – Scenic bus ride to Fredericksburg, TX (lunch on your own at your choice of downtown restaurants) and a visit to the Wildseed Farms.
Fredericksburg - Founded in 1846 by German immigrants. http://www.fbgtx.org/ With spectacular views of Texas Hill Country, Fredericksburg has retained much of its German history, with many of the older buildings keeping their original German styles. History buffs will enjoy a day at one of the town's historical sites, including Fort Martin Scott, Pioneer Museum Complex and Museum Of The Pacific War. Shopping is one of the town's main attractions, with over 150 stores that sell a range of items from handmade jewelry, home decor, artwork and so much more.
Wildseed Farms http://www.wildseedfarms.com/ The farm has more than 1,000 cultivated acres in Texas and over 200 acres of wildflower fields at its Hill Country headquarters outside of Fredericksburg. Come and view a real working wildflower farm and stay to shop at Blossoms Boutique, Lantana Nursery and the famous Brewbonnet Biergarten. Wine tasting is available. Try five different Texas Hill Country Wines for $5.00, payable at that time.
Tour #3 (Departs 8:30am): Friday May 31, 2013 – Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center (lunch on your own available in café), The Natural Gardner, and the African Violet Society show/sale.
The Natural Gardener http://www.naturalgardeneraustin.com/The Natural Gardener is one of the most beautiful and unique garden centers in the world. It’s like a candy store for gardeners, but non-gardeners love it, too. It’s a fun, beautiful, educational destination for everyone.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
The Center’s gardens display the native plants of the Central Texas Hill Country, South and West Texas, while the Plant Conservation Program protects the ecological heritage of Texas by conserving its rare and endangered flora. The Native Plant Information Network is a database of more than 7,200 native species available online.
Violet Plant Show/Sale Austin will be hosting the African Violet Society National Convention. There will be many out of state commercial African violet vendors selling African violets and growing supplies.