Mrs. Johnson intended that Wildflower Center that now bears her name would showcase the beauty of native plants, educating and inspiring people to use and protect them. She was concerned that the wildflowers she loved were disappearing at a rapid rate, falling victim to urbanization, large-scale agriculture, invasive species and other causes. Every day we strive to make her legacy live on.
The center's gardens display the beauty and horticultural uses of native wildflowers, while its scientific research and education programs make important contributions to plant conservation, ecologically sustainable landscape design, restoration of degraded lands and the challenge of climate change. The center is widely known as the premier national source of information about native plants and landscapes.
Every day, the Wildflower Center's mission to increase the sustainable use and conservation of native wildflowers, plants and landscapes becomes more important. Competition for scarce water supplies is increasing nationwide, as is the financial and environmental cost of fertilizing and maintaining poorly planned landscapes. Global climate change is an unprecedented challenge. Now a self-supporting part of the University of Texas at Austin, the Wildflower Center is discovering and demonstrating new ways to use native plants not only to minimize environmental harm, but to restore and improve the environmental health of our landscapes
Before her death on July 11, 2007, Mrs. Johnson asked that any contributions in her memory be made to what she called her "forever project". Her birthday would be a perfect time to honor her legacy with a contribution to the Wildflower Center.