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Orange County
Shangri La Botanical Gardens
News Release
Monday, September 05, 2011

Beat The Heat Lecture Series Continues in September at Shangri La


ORANGE, Texas – Shangri La Botanical Gardens and Nature Center announces additional Beat The Heat Lecture programs for September. The Beat The Heat lectures include experts sharing knowledge with the public on topics such as wildlife, gardening, art and more. Below, you will find upcoming programs for the month of September. Participants will meet at the Admissions Window at the scheduled event time, 7:00 p.m., with sessions lasting about an hour in the Discovery Theater. All programs offered in the series are free of charge, but an RSVP is required as space is limited. Call 409.670.9799 for reservations.

September 15, 2011 – Designing with Native Plants: Andrea DeLong-Amaya, Director of Horticulture at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, will discuss how their staff  have been exploring innovative ways to use Texas native plants, arranging them in unique patterns not necessarily found in nature, to create stylized or even formal compositions. With all of the compelling reasons to use natives instead of or along with non-native species, it would be a shame for gardeners to reject native plants assuming they are inappropriate in a home landscape because they only work in naturalistic designs. It is possible to make gripping, artistic and conservation-friendly gardens with native plants regardless of the style of garden you prefer. Seating is limited, and a reservation is required. To RSVP, call 409.670.9799.


September 29, 2011 – Azaleas for the South: Bart Brechter, Curator of Bayou Bend Gardens, will present the program Azaleas for the South. In this program, he will highlight proper methods of planting, growing and caring for azaleas. Mr. Brechter will also describe diseases associated with azaleas and how to treat them. Every spring, Bayou Bend Gardens in Houston turns into a wonderland of beautiful azaleas. Much of the success of Bayou Bend Gardens can be contributed to the efforts of Mr. Brechter. Don’t miss out on this chance to learn from his experience. Seating is limited, and a reservation is required. To RSVP, call 409.670.9799.


For those interested in attending either of the Beat The Heat programs, RSVP by calling 409.670.9799. Located at 2111 West Park Avenue in Orange, Texas, Shangri La is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday, 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and Sundays, noon until 5:00 p.m. For more information, visit

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