Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center


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Last post, I alluded to some wandering I did while my aunt was visiting Austin. We happened across a beautiful October day and spent it at the Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center.

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The Wildflower Center is classic Texas just a step outside one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the country.

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In addition to some spectacular gardens, the Center also has a program for teaching locals how to garden sustainably using native plants.

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Flowers bloom year round on the Wildflower Center’s 279 acres, with over 650 plant species native to Texas.

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From prairie-land to ponds, it’s interesting to see a wide range of plants that thrive in the Texas heat.

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A new trail was added since I last visited, which included lots of interactivity, including a place to get your workout in.

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There’s now plenty of whimsical spots for the kids, like these giant birds nests…

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or this journey to the back of a waterfall…

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complete with cave drawings.

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We even broke the rules a bit and got off the beaten path.

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The Wildflower Center has great events, including its holiday luminaria in December. The addition of the new Family Garden makes it a great place to spend an afternoon with all ages, while supporting biodiversity.

It’s also just great place to go for a walk.

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