You may imagine Austin as a flat, dry, barren landscape, and while yes, it is a bit dry and very hot, it’s not barren. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center proves that. Visit the Center to ooh and awe at the beauty of the Texas landscape and have a picnic in one of the most beautiful spots in Texas.
The Center’s beauty isn’t limited to wildflowers; here, you’ll find hundreds of acres of native plants, from majestic native oak trees to blankets of purple sage. The Center includes 284 acres of gardens, woodlands and savannas with more than 800 species of native Texas plants.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin is located on the campus of the University of Austin, a complement to the library and public affairs center that are dedicated to Lady Bird Johnson’s husband, former President Lyndon B. Johnson. Lady Bird Johnson established the Center in 1982 with actress Helen Hayes on sixty acres of undeveloped land in East Austin.
The Center has continued to grow and now includes 237 acres of land used for the expansion of the university campus. The added land has allowed the university to do larger scale research on the local ecology and landscape.
In 2014, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center opened the Luci and Ian Family Garden, intended to be a relaxing, fun and interactive way for children to experience and explore the natural world. The garden includes a native shrub maze, giant tree stumps to climb on and around, a grotto with caves and a waterfall, math-themed hopscotch, and a creek with dinosaur footprints and water activities.
This is the perfect place for a summer or spring picnic. Lay out your blanket, unpack the strawberries and sandwiches, and relax among fields of wildflowers.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center has a café, gift store, and beautiful halls and courtyards that are perfect for weddings and other events. As you stroll the Center grounds, you can learn about the plants you see. The website also is a great place to read up on the flowers, trees and shrubs growing in and around Austin.
We may be biased, but we think Austin is one of the most beautiful cities in the U.S. It’s great anytime of the year, whether you’re looking for over-100-degree weather or a mild winter that bottoms out in the 70s. Throughout Austin, you’ll find spaces like the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center to enjoy the natural beauty. Come join us in Austin and take advantage of hikes, gardens and swimming holes that are minutes from your rental. Call us or browse our website today to book your next vacation!