Third Thursday: Green Thumb Gathering


May 16, 2024 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Enjoy after-hours exhibition access and learn how to prep your garden for summer.

Event Details

Join us after work every Third Thursday for special extended Museum hours from 5 to 7 p.m.! Explore the exhibitions, enjoy food and drinks in The Star Cafe, and connect to the story of Texas. Different activities are offered each month. Museum garage parking is free after 5 p.m.

Our “Green Thumb Gathering” is designed to immerse you in the world of plants and gardening with workshops on growing microgreens, propagating African Violets, and summer planting tips. You can also tap into your creative side with our marble garden stone craft or enjoy the featured Lavender Mint Julep cocktail from The Star Cafe.

Museum exhibition galleries will be open for exploration between 5 and 7 p.m. All activities are included in the price of exhibition admission. Onsite exhibition admission ticket sales end at 6:50 p.m.

Featured Activities:

  • African Violet Propagation (drop-in from 5 to 5:45 p.m.) – Dive into the enchanting world of African Violets, renowned for their vibrant colors and delicate beauty. Plants can reproduce in many ways – some by just a single leaf. Learn how to grow a whole plant from a single leaf with Zilker Botanical Garden and take a leaf propagation kit home with you!
  • Dorm Room snacks to Extraterrestrial Sustenance: Growing Microgreens (drop-in from 6 to 7 p.m.) – Have you ever wanted to grow fresh veggies and herbs but didn't have the space? Learn how to easily cultivate these plants as microgreens, making them ready to harvest and eat after one to two weeks, with Zilker Botanical Garden. You can take microgreens with you to continue growing and learning at home.
  • Summer Planting Workshop – Join Austin Community College Department of Agricultural Sciences for an exploration of heat-tolerant seeds perfect for summer planting.
  • Craft Corner – Design a marble garden stone to add to your home garden in our Third Thursday Craft Corner with Bullock Museum staff.
About the Presenters

The Agricultural Sciences program at Austin Community College focuses on ecological farming, quality of life, and farm profitability. Designed to provide you with both agricultural production knowledge and business skills training, courses range from foundational principles in soil science to marketing. Hands-on instruction at the campus student farm helps you cultivate a working knowledge of ecological farming practices and the seasonal processes.

Zilker Botanical Garden Conservancy is the non-profit partner to the City of Austin that runs Zilker Botanical Garden. Their mission is to cultivate and foster life-long learning that inspires an appreciation of the botanical world. Workshops for this event are presented by education director Matthew Gaston.

About Public Programs

Public programs at the Bullock Museum explore relevant history and celebrate the culture that has shaped our modern world. Through engaging discussions, live performances, and experiential activities visitors are invited to see local connections and discover how Texas fits into a broader national story.

Your Support Matters

Help us continue to share the story of Texas with a tax-deductible donation.

Enjoy discounts, exclusive programs, and free access to exhibitions year-round by becoming a member of the Bullock Museum.

The Bullock Museum, a division of the Texas State Preservation Board, is funded by Museum members, donors, and patrons, the Texas State History Museum Foundation, and the State of Texas.