Friday, March 8, 2013

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Before we left Austin we spent an afternoon at the Lady Bird Wildflower Center.  I can only imagine how beautiful it will be in about a month.  Nothing blooming right now but still an amazing place with extensive research and environmental programs going on at the center.

The center's mission is to increase the use and conservation of native wildflowers and plants.  It was founded in 1982 and funded by Lady Bird Johnson and Helen Hayes.  It was moved to the current 279 acre location in 1995 and in 2006 it became an organized research and educational unit of the University of Texas, Austin.

A pool at the entrance

This stone aqueduct directs roof collected rain water into a cistern for water used at the center.  Of course, it has not rained much in Texas over the past 5 years.

 Many stone structures throughout the center. This observation tower provides a view of the entire center.

 Woodland streams wind in and out of display areas.

 Formal gardens, each with a different theme

 I would like to use this diamond inside a square for a formal garden at home - someday!

 More woodland streams.

In additional to the 80 acres of research plots the center hosts rotating exhibits by local artists, educational workshops , and school tours, all of which focus on awareness and conservation of Texas' native plants.  A delightful place to spend an afternoon.

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