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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 8, 2009
When: Extended hours Sunday, July 26, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Where: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave., Austin, Texas.
Background: The Wildflower Center pays tribute to founder Lady Bird Johnson on Sunday, July 26 with a guided tour, free seed packets and special one-day offerings. On this day in 1968, President Lyndon Johnson recognized his first lady's role in environmental conservation by presenting her with a plaque and pens used to sign 50 conservation, preservation and beautification laws. To honor Lady Bird, the center will provide activities that include a tour of the gardens at 10 a.m., a portrait exhibit that includes a Norman Rockwell painting of the environmental first lady, and afternoon origami practice with artist Joan Son, plus kids' crafts and a book reading of the children's book "Miss Lady Bird's Wildflowers." All guests receive wildflower seeds for fall planting as a souvenir.
Admission: Free in honor of Lady Bird Johnson.
For event times and more information, go to http://www.wildflower.org//tributeday or call 512.232.0100.