Texans take great pride in their wildflowers and bluebonnets. Every spring you will see the highways painted with a variety of florals such as the bluebonnets, Indian Paintbrushes, yellow wild indigo, thistles, blue-eyed grass, rattlesnake flower, blanket flower, and rosinweed. A great resource for all the Texas highways that have great for wildflower drives is the Texas Highways site. Former first lady, Lady Bird Johnson and her friend, actress Helen Hayes founded an organization and this center to oin 1982 to protect and preserve North America’s native plants and natural landscapes.
Part of the University of Texas at Austin system, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower center is more than just a botanical garden it is also a research facility dedicated to preserving native plants and habitats. I loved all of the educational opportunities abound for kids here and they kids seemed to love the gardens and especially the butterflies and insects you could see here.
What I really loved about the gardens and the wildflower center is that they have an array of Texas native habitats that even the everyday Texan may never be able to visit. As large as the state of Texas is, many native Texans will never get to venture to all the towns and cities that make up this state. Nor will they venture into all the different habitats. The center makes that possible for kids and adults to see what these habitats look like and what plants and insects inhabit those areas. My children absolutely loved visiting the gardens and seeing the flowers. From succulents to grasses to flowers, there was something that they could see, touch, and smell.
Research and Interactive Learning
The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center also has a lot of information on native plants and learning tools on their website. Just visit: http://www.wildflower.org/explore/ and you will find an image gallery, how to garden and conserve water, step by step guides and so much more. There is a lot of resources for kids to adults and homeowners. If you are a homeowner wanting to learn about which lawn grass is best for your lawn, you can visit the portion of the site and even purchase turf seed. All purchases benefit the center. Youth activities are abound with many ideas on what kids can do at the center and learn via trail guides and insect hunts.
For more information, please visit Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center .
$7 Seniors 65 years and older
$7 Students 13 years and older
$3 Children 5 through 12
Free for Members and Children 4 years and under
They are located at:
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, Texas 78739