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    Media Manager
Barbra Rodriguez

May 1, 2013

Family Garden Dedication

What:  The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center celebrates the groundbreaking for an extraordinary 4.5-acre addition –– the Luci Baines Johnson and Ian Turpin Family Garden, a new family destination with more than a dozen interactive and educational play features.  Luci Johnson, Ian Turpin and other major supporters of the Family Garden will participate in the groundbreaking ceremony 

When:  The groundbreaking is 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 1, 2013.  Please RSVP by 9 a.m. May 1. 

Where:  The courtyard of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center of The University of Texas at Austin, 4801 La Crosse Ave., Austin, TX, 78739.

Background:  Landscape Architect W. Gary Smith designed an outdoor earth science playland as the centerpiece of the Wildflower Center’s master plan in 2005.  With fundraising for the $5 million family garden past the eighty percent mark, the Center is undertaking construction with plans to open the new garden in spring, 2014.  Many notable Texans have contributed substantially to the development of the Luci Baines Johnson and Ian Turpin Family Garden.   To celebrate this landmark day and honor all the major donors, whose giving totals more than $4 million, an invitation-only groundbreaking will be held. Speakers will be:

  • Susan K. Rieff, executive director of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center (also the Master of Ceremonies)
  • Fritz Steiner, dean of the School of Architecture, The University of Texas at Austin
  • W. Gary Smith, the landscape architect who designed the Family Garden
  • Luci Baines Johnson, who with husband Ian Turpin provided the garden’s lead gift of $1 million in April 2012.

Among the other Family Garden donors present will be: Lynda Johnson Robb; Susan Conway and Jack Howell; Diana Hobby and Laura Beckworth of the Hobby Family Foundation; Carolyn and Jack Long; Buddy and Ellen Temple of the TLL Temple Foundation; the Wilson Family in memory of Jeff N. Wilson; and Lynn Meredith of the MFI Foundation.

Also honored for their major gifts will be: Jeanie and Tom Carter; the Brown Foundation; the Mays Family Foundation; the Tom and Edwina Johnson Family Foundation; the RGK Foundation; the Still Water Foundation; the Alice C. Tyler Perpetual Trust; Suzanne Deal Booth and David G. Booth; Greg and Jessica Weaver; Nancy and Dan Garrison; the Winkler Family Foundation; Ann H. Moore; and the Arnold and Marie Schwarz Fund for Education and Health Research.

To learn more about the Family Garden, visit: http://www.wildflower.org/familygarden/

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