Making An Impact


Climate extremes. Water shortages. Invasive species. Our work has never been more important or more relevant. With your support, the Wildflower Center carries out its mission through education, conservation, research and demonstration, and we’re making a difference. Some highlights from the past year:


Teaching the world about native plants

  • Our online native plant database was used more than 6 million times
  • Our free summer Nature Nights program was attended by 4,450 children and their families
  • Mr. Smarty Plants has answered a total of 7,800 questions from around the U.S.
  • 210 school and youth groups visited the Center

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Protecting the future

  • Collected and banked approximately 70,000 seeds from native Texas plants
  • Nearly 2,000 citizen scientists throughout Texas have been trained to identify invasive species and endangered or threatened native species
  • Conducted vegetation surveys with the National Park Service in the Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River area and Padre Island National Seashore

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Applying science to landscape design

  • Marketed the HABITURF™ turf grass seed mix, a mixture of native grass species developed by our scientists to outperform common non-native lawn species and single-species native lawns
  • Continued a 3-year study funded by Huntsman International on whether the water-handling capacity of green roofs can be improved for use in warmer climates

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Providing an example

  • More than 101,000 people visited the Wildflower Center
  • Participated in major consulting projects such as the George W. Bush Presidential Center showcasing native plants and Sustainable landscape design
  • Thirty projects across the U.S. have now been certified as Sustainable Sites.
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Your support of the 2014 Wildflower Gala and Silent Art Auction will help us carry Lady Bird Johnson’s magnificent vision into the future.