The University of Texas at Austin Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is one of the country’s premier native plant botanic gardens and a research unit of the state’s flagship university. Founded by Lady Bird Johnson in 1982, the Wildflower Center is a signature piece of the former first lady’s legacy and has achieved great success during its 37-year history. It is known for programs that educate the public about native plants, conserve plant diversity, restore landscapes and develop sustainable approaches to landscape design. Through these programs, the Center is making a difference for the health of the state and the planet. A state as diverse, big and bold as Texas needs a botanic garden of the first class at its flagship university to promote and protect the state’s natural diversity.
The Center carries out its mission to inspire the conservation of native plants through its public gardens, research, education and outreach programs with the end goal of improving water quality, providing habitat for wildlife, and enhancing human health and happiness.
Through its consulting and research program, the Wildflower Center has helped to create 90,887 acres of native landscapes in urban and rural areas, was integral in the planning and planting of the Living Wall at Goldsmith Hall, designed and developed the green roof on the Dell Medical School, and is partnering on a land management and restoration plan for the McDonald Observatory.
The Center welcomes visitors year round to experience and learn about the state's native plants (UT students, faculty and staff get in free).
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Without you, we would not be able to welcome nearly 200,000 guests to our gardens, provide plant information to more than 3.3 million people, educate the next generation of conservationists, cultivate and protect rare native plants, and bring Lady Bird Johnson’s vision to millions of people.
The Center’s success is made possible by generous supporters like you.