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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 10, 2013
What: The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center of The University of Texas at Austin offers free admission throughout January to its gardens, art exhibits and more. Visitors can enjoy a new indoor art exhibit about the Colorado River and check out our new environmental gem of an Admissions Kiosk that will arrive by month’s end.
When: The grounds are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. For hours of the gallery, café and store, go to: http://www.wildflower.org/visit/.
Where: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 La Crosse Ave, Austin, TX 78739
Background: The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center unveils a new exhibit during January free admission month. “Never The Same River Twice” opens this Saturday, Jan. 12, revealing the animals and plants along the Colorado River. The striking lithographs in the McDermott Learning Center were created by Margie Crisp after traveling the river and researching its inhabitants. Crisp lives near Elgin, Texas; was the 2012 Texas Book Festival artist and has had her work exhibited throughout Mexico and the United States. Also enjoy a meal at the café, winter clearance specials at The Store, where lovely wildflower watercolors of Jerry Kimmel are on display, and two new modules in the Visitors Gallery about the life and conservation legacy of Lady Bird Johnson.
The new Admission Kiosk is expected to arrive on site the week of Jan. 21 to sit near the front entry Cistern. That location will alleviate traffic backups for visitors entering the center’s parking lot. The roughly 8- by 14-foot building packs quite an environmental punch despite its small size. Designed by Architect Christopher L. Sanders of Sanders Architecture at no cost to the Wildflower Center, it was built off site with sustainable materials including cork flooring, recycled steel and Forest Stewardship Council-certified wood siding.
Translucent solar panels will serve as awnings for one ADA-accessible and three other admission windows. Native plants will populate the building’s green wall and a green roof of HABITURFTM grasses. HABITURF, a drought-tolerant, low-maintenance native turf grass was developed by the center’s Ecosystem Design Group.
"It's going to be a true gem of sustainability that helps remind visitors of the conservation possibilities available to them and the strong emphasis we place on this at the center," said Damon Waitt, the center’s senior director. He noted that the Admissions Kiosk will be operational by March 1 in time for visitors to see masses of Texas bluebonnets and other wildflowers in the maintained gardens this spring.
NOTE: The Admission Kiosk was built offsite by Miars Construction. Jason Miars and other vendors donated some time and materials for the kiosk, which was funded by Wildflower Donors Inc., Ellen and Buddy Temple and others. For more information about the Kiosk and January free admission, visit: http://www.wildflower.org/feature/?id=105. For more about the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, call 512-232-0100, or visit www.wildflower.org.