One of our favorite nature centers is the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, located in the southwest section of Austin, Texas. We have visited there numerous times, and on each trip we see new things and learn more about nature!
The University of Texas at Austin Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is the official state botanic garden and arboretum of Texas. The Center promotes its mission to inspire the conservation of native plants through its internationally recognized sustainable gardens, education and outreach programs, research projects, and consulting work.
Entrance sign at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas
The Wildflower Center was originally established as the National Wildflower Research Center in 1982, and later renamed the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. It covers an area of 284 acres.
The Center’s gardens, natural areas and arboretum display more than 800 species of native plants from many of the major ecoregions of Texas, the most diverse collection of Texas native plants in North America. The Center is also involved in education, ecological research and design, plant conservation and outreach programs.
An admission fee is charged, but parking is free. Smoking is not allowed on Center property.
Also on the Center's grounds is a well stocked store, and the Wildflower Cafe.
Any time of the year is a great time to visit the Center ... below we have highlighted in a series of photographs our trips and experiences at the Wildflower Center.
Spend a day, or more, and explore and enjoy the Wildflower Center. We highly recommend it!
|"My special cause, the one that alerts my interest and quickens the pace of my life, is to preserve the wildflowers" ... Lady Bird Johnson|
|Stone archways at the entrance area to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin|
|The Central Gardens at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center|
|Dedication plaque at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center ... March 31, 1995|
|Yellow Square Bud Primroses at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center|
|Wildflowers, and butterflies, are plentiful at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center!|
|Armadillo sculpture at the Wildflower Center|
|Bright orange wildflowers at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center|
|A playfully designed butterfly bench ... Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center|
|"The nature we are concerned with ultimately is human nature" ... Lady Bird Johnson|
|A puddling place, part of the Butterfly Garden|
|Texas Bluebonnets and more ... at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin|
|The Seasonal Interest garden ... As the seasons change, so do the plants in this garden|
|The Store at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin ... a favorite place of ours to shop for flags, wildflower seeds, nature books, T-shirts, garden art, hummingbird feeders and much more!|
This YouTube video lasts only a couple minutes, and has some easy-listening music. So turn up your volume, and enjoy some beautiful roses!
Pollinators like butterflies, birds, hummingbirds, bees, moths, bats, ants, beetles, and small mammals pollinate plants and are responsible for helping plants reproduce. Pollinating creatures travel from plant to plant carrying pollen on their bodies via a process that allows the transfer of genetic material critical to the reproductive system of most flowering plants.
This video showcases common pollinators found around the home, and some of the many flowers they help reproduce.
It runs about 6 minutes, so sit back and enjoy ... and turn up your volume for some easy-listening music!
Like all YouTube videos, you can click to run it full screen, and mute the music if you like.