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The communications office of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas at Austin provides media with timely, accurate information about the Wildflower Center. Below are recent press releases related to Center events and to staff expertise on conservation practices, native plant gardening, nature education, and native plant resources and research findings. For more information or photos beyond those on the newsroom site, please contact:

    Media Manager
Barbra Rodriguez
512.232.0105
brodriguez@wildflower.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 14, 2011

Lady Bird 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 24, during extended hours from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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

BACKGROUND:  A ZACH Theatre play about young Lady Bird Johnson, storytelling for children, nature songs with a zoologist and  more will be available at this free admission Sunday in honor of the Wildflower Center’s founder and her conservation influence. 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. The store is open all day, and the café, from noon until 4 p.m. For more details, visit: http://www.wildflower.org/tributeday/ or in Spanish: http://www.wildflower.org/homenaje_a_ladybird/.

SCHEDULE FOR TRIBUTE DAY: 

Storytelling – 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m.
Enjoy stories for young children in the recently updated Little House.

Garden tour – 10 a.m.
Knowledgeable volunteers provide a tour of the Theme Gardens and other gardens.

“Wildflowers” play – 11 a.m. to noon
In this delightful play by ZACH Theatre, the wildflowers are in bloom and adventurous young Ladybird is exploring the woods near her home. Join her in the auditorium as she discovers the beauty of planting a seed and how to make our country a better place.

Hummingbird book signing – noon to 3 p.m.
Jeannette Larson, author of “Hummingbirds, Facts and Folklore from the Americas,” signs her book at the store.

Sing along – 1 to 2 p.m.
Lucas Miller, the singing zoologist, leads children’s nature songs in the auditorium and signs his book, “Bluebonnet Time” in the store afterward from 2 to 3 p.m.

Visit with nature artist – 1 to 4 p.m.
Catherine Beatty Flowers, whose vibrant paintings on silk are exhibited in the McDermott Learning Center, will be there to discuss what inspires her and creating these intricate nature paintings.

Memorabilia Collection – All day
Enjoy “Honoring Mrs. Johnson” in the Visitors Gallery: a display of her awards demonstrating her many national and local contributions. A display of legislation influenced by Mrs. Johnson’s efforts will also be at the pond in the center’s main courtyard.

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