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September 2014

There are 4 blog entries for September 2014.

Wildflower Center: Fall is for Planting

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 at 7:45pm. 2,320 Views

Photo by Philip Hawkins, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, The University of Texas at Austin.Miss the spring Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center plant sale? Fall is actually the best time to plant in central Texas, and on October 11 and 12 the Wildflower Center will have 300 species of native plants, trees, and shrubs for purchase at its twice annual plant sale. A members-only sale will take place on October 10.

Visitors will be able to choose from hundreds of hardy Texas natives bred to thrive with Austin’s climate, and both public sale days will include numerous activities, including tours and book signings. Travis County Master Gardeners also are on the schedule to answer questions.

Expected plants include Chalk Maple, Indigo Bush, Butterflyweed, and Anacacho orchid tree. Plant prices will range from $3 for 6-packs and four-inch plants

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Locavore’s Guide to Austin Farmers’ Markets

Thursday, September 25th, 2014 at 10:21pm. 2,385 Views

Locavore - a person who eats food that is grown, raised, or produced locally, usually within 100 miles of home.

Austin locavoresAustin abounds with opportunities for locavores, from farmers’ markets to community-serviced agriculture to community and home gardens, fresh and local food is only the next meal away.

Looking for a more nutritional-packed punch? Local food usually is fresher, riper, and better-tasting than food that was picked too early or shipped thousands of miles. And, because there is less travel time, there is less of a need for preservatives or processing, both of which can rob food of its nutrient-dense properties.

Plus, when you buy from local farmers, you can ask them about their growing or raising processes: Is this free of chemicals,

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Austin, Texas Real Estate Market Update and Statistics September 2014

Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 11:57am. 3,693 Views

bryker woods homesAnother Dip for Monthly Home Sales Volume

In August 2014, Austin-area home sales declined compared to last year for the second consecutive month, but prices continued to rise. According to the Austin Board of REALTORS® Multiple Listing Service (MLS) report, Austin-area home sales decreased four percent year-over-year in August to 2,835 single-family home sales.

Double Digit Rise for Home Prices, Strong Year

However, the median price for single-family homes jumped 11 percent to $247,500, and the average price rose nine percent to $311,414. In addition, single-family homes sold more quickly, spending an average of 42 days on the market, one day fewer than August 2013. The total dollar volume of single-family properties sold also is up, to

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2014 Top 25 Private Schools in Austin

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 at 11:49am. 4,624 Views

Regents School AustinThe Austin Business Journal has released its annual list of the top 25 private schools in Austin, Texas. The rankings from the 2014 Book of Lists are based on the 2012-2013 school year.

The top-ranked school is Regents School of Austin. Regents is a Classical Christian school in Travis Country in southwest Austin. Approximately 1,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grade are enrolled in the school as of the 2014-2015 school year, and 12 percent of the 2014 seniors are National Merit Scholars. Regents’ student/faculty ratio is 9:1, with 60 percent of the 7th grade to 12th grade faculty having advanced degrees.  

In addition to rigorous academic programs, the school offers drama, dance, orchestra, band, choir, and visual art electives with state

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