Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Location: Austin, Texas

The Lady Bird John Wildflower Center is the botanic garden of The University of Texas at Austin, dedicated to increasing the sustainable use and conservation of native wildflowers, plants, and landscapes. The Center’s mission is carried out through research, demonstration, education and outreach efforts in horticulture, conservation and sustainable landscape restoration. Since its founding in 1982 by Lady Bird Johnson and Helen Hayes, the Wildflower Center has become an important voice for protecting native plants, natural landscapes and ecological health.

The 284-acre Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center consists of numerous cultivated gardens – a butterfly garden, a woodland space, water gardens, homeowner design examples an English-style border garden and others – an arboretum, and managed natural areas and wildlands featuring walking trails and land management research plots. Plant conservation work includes a native Texas plant seed bank for landscape restoration, conservation and propagation of threatened and endangered plants, and botanical surveys. The Center also offers ecosystem design, research and consulting to address environmental issues such as water scarcity and climate change, in addition to hosting active research projects studying prescribed fire, invasive species, “green roofs” designed for hot climates, and more. The Center’s website provides a range of useful botanical information, and also hosts the Native Plant Information Network, a comprehensive open-access database of North American native plants.

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