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    Media Manager
Barbra Rodriguez

July 20, 2010

Lady Bird Johnson Tribute Day

EVENT: Each year, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center of The University of Texas at Austin has a free admission day which honors the environmental work of the center's founder.

WHEN:  Sunday, July 25, during extended hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

WHERE:  Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Avenue. Directions at: http://www.wildflower.org/visit

BACKGROUND:  A sculpture-in-progress, storytelling for children, a pottery demonstration, a display of Mrs. Johnson's memorabilia and more will be available at this free admission Sunday in honor of the Wildflower Center's sponsor and her influence on environmental lawmaking, and beautification and conservation projects. The day is in memory of July 1968, when President Lyndon B. Johnson presented his first lady with 50 pens used to sign environmental legislation that she inspired.


Sculpture-in-progress - noon to 3 p.m.

Sculptor Joe Kenney will be working on his portrait sculpture of Ms. Johnson in raw clay in the Visitors Gallery. The work-in-progress will later be cast in plaster with a bronze patina.

Book signings - 1 to3 p.m.

John Kelso, author of "Texas Curiosities," and Nan Booth Simpson, author of "Texas Gardening for the 21st Century," will be signing books at the gift store.

Pottery demonstration - 1 to 4 p.m.

"Shade Tree Potter" Susie Fowler will demonstrate how she creates her "patchwork" pottery in the McDermott Learning Center where her work and nature photographs by Bruce Leander are on display.

For the kids - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Families and kids can create wildflower seed packets to take home and plant. There will be story telling every hour from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m

Memorabilia Collection - All day

A display of some of Mrs. Johnson's personal items will be exhibited in the Visitors Gallery. They include her wildflower field guide, photos of her work on the Town Lake Beautification Project, awards, desk accessories and photo albums.

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