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    Media Manager
Barbra Rodriguez

July 16, 2014

Lady Bird Johnson Tribute Day

Event:  The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center will honor its founder with free admission on Lady Bird Johnson Tribute Day, which will include a silent auction of some of her books, kids’ activities and more.

When:  Sunday, July 27 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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

Background:  To recognize Lady Bird Johnson, known as the “Environmental First Lady,” the Wildflower Center hosts a free event to commemorate her legacy. This year’s Tribute Day includes a guided tour of the center’s interior treasures, an auction of books from Mrs. Johnson’s library, an indoor exhibit of her photo albums and garden tours.

Tribute Day recognizes Mrs. Johnson’s environmental legacy and the environmental legislation that she inspired. With her influence, President Johnson’s administration enacted more than 200 environmental laws with lasting national and local impact. The Store will be open all day and the Wildflower Café from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more details, visit:

http://wildflower.org/tributeday/ or call 512.232.0100.

Event Schedule:

  • Docent-led garden tours - 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.  
  • Story time - 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the Little House
  • Interior treasures tour – 11:30 a.m. led by docent Marie Bassett
  • Paper making craft - Until 4 p.m. in the courtyard, with wildflower seeds incorporated into the paper for planting or sharing
  • Discovery cart - All day. Hands-on activities in the Luci and Ian Family Garden
  • Take your photo with Lady Bird - All day. Guests can bring a camera to take a photo with a life-size likeness of Mrs. Johnson
  • Memorabilia display - All day. See a leaf in plexiglass that Mrs. Johnson collected during a Vermont trip with Mr. and Mrs. Laurance Rockefeller; a pair of her size 7 shoes; a First Day of Issue stamp folder from 1966 that was part of the Keep America Beautiful Campaign she championed as First Lady; personal photo albums from an Austin visit by Queen Elizabeth II, Mrs. Johnson’s 75th Jubilee in D.C. given by President and Mrs. Reagan and other events; and an 1857 book about flowers from her LBJ Ranch collection.
  • Silent auction - All day. Attendees can bid in person in the Visitors Gallery on five books from the Ranch collection or from Mrs. Johnson’s library in her Austin home. The books will be in displays and were published in the 1980s or later about Texas, wildflowers or America (see web for book details). The highest bidder for each will be contacted after Tribute Day.




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