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Central Gardens

Our unique native plant gardens are designed to inspire, to educate and to demonstrate the sustainable use and conservation of native wildflowers, plants and landscapes. The newest garden, the 4.5-acre Luci and Ian Family Garden, combines whimsical features by one of the nation’s leading landscape architects with dramatic native plantings.

Entrance Trail Entrance Trail

The large Live Oaks along the Entrance Trail invite you to leave your road worries behind and reconnect to the natural world.

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Entrance Garden Entrance Garden

A Texas Mountain Laurel greets you in the Rockefeller Entrance Garden as you start your tour of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

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The Meadows The Meadows

The Meadows are planted with Central Texas wildflowers and are filled with rainbows of colors in the fall and springtime.

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Wetland Pond Wetland Pond

Home to native Texas aquatic plants (and animals), the Wetland Pond is one of the many water features you will experience at the Wildflower Center.

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Courtyard Courtyard

In the Courtyard, shady places created by tree canopies complement open areas in garden designs appropriate for building-dominated spaces.

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Café Garden Café Garden

The Café Garden features a mid-grass prairie community and other native species in a semi-formal design.

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Little House Garden Little House Garden

A soft carpet of Buffalo grass in the Little House Garden invites you to explore the Little House and its courtyard.

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Seed Silo Garden Seed Silo Garden

The Seed Silo Garden offers a colorful display that complements a clearly defined border .

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Woodland Garden Woodland Garden

The Woodland Garden is a perfect place to ponder a garden’s subtleties… enjoy the quiet here, the stream’s gentle flow, and the many textures, colors, and shapes of native trees, shrubs and vines.

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Erma Lowe Hill Country Stream Erma Lowe Hill Country Stream

Sit by the Erma Lowe Hill Country Stream and listen to the musical trickle of the water as it flows over the rocks.

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Display Gardens Display Gardens

Pass through the gateway in the limestone wall to visit the Display Gardens. Here, 23 demonstration beds exhibit just a few of the infinite varieties, uses, and adaptations of plants native to Texas.

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Texas Mixed Border Homeowner Inspiration Garden Texas Mixed Border Homeowner Inspiration Garden

English style meets Texas climate in this newest addition to four Homeowner Inspiration Gardens that demonstrate the elegance and beauty of native Texas plants in a variety of landscape styles.

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Formal Homeowner Inspiration Garden Formal Homeowner Inspiration Garden

Gardens designed with native plants don’t need to look wild. The Formal Homeowner Inspiration Garden is based on symmetry, clean lines, plant architecture and geometric shapes.

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Traditional Homeowner Inspiration Garden Traditional Homeowner Inspiration Garden

The Traditional Homeowner Inspiration Garden combines elements of the naturalistic style using free form plants and the formal style with its geometric layout and symmetrical organization.

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Naturalistic Homeowner Inspiration Garden Naturalistic Homeowner Inspiration Garden

Diverse plants provide necessary food, shelter and water that attract wildlife and create an ever-changing garden for year-round interest in the Naturalistic Homeowner Inspiration Garden.

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Ann and O.J. Weber Butterfly Garden Ann and O.J. Weber Butterfly Garden

Unlike enclosed butterfly "house" displays, the Ann and O.J. Weber Butterfly Garden is an outdoor habitat designed to attract pollinators.

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Dry Creek Bed Dry Creek Bed

The Dry Creek Bed is characteristic of seasonal streams found throughout Central Texas. This type of garden is also often called a ‘rain garden’.

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West Texas Mountain Collection West Texas Mountain Collection

The mountains of West Texas offer a wide variety of unique and spectacular drought tolerate plants and the West Texas Mountain Collection features a small sampling of what would occur in that arid environment.

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South Texas Mission Garden South Texas Mission Garden

The South Texas Mission Garden is inspired by the Spanish missions of South Texas and is complemented by the vegetation that is native to the southern parts of the state.

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Trailhead Garden Trailhead Garden

The Trailhead Garden leads to the entrance of the John Barr Trail, the Research Trail, and the new Arboretum.

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