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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
2004-2005

Wildflower Center Fact Sheet

The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is a nonprofit organization, dedicated to educating people about the beauty and necessity of native plants. In 1982, Lady Bird Johnson and the late Helen Hayes founded the National Wildflower Research Center in Austin, Texas. The Wildflower Center continues to carry Mrs. Johnson's vision for protecting and restoring America's landscapes. On December 22, 2002, the Wildflower Center celebrated its twentieth birthday while Lady Bird Johnson celebrated her ninetieth birthday. The following information consists of general facts about the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Hours of Operation:
9am-5:30pm Tuesday-Sunday
Everyday March 22- April 26, 2004
Price $7 adults/ $5.50 Students & Seniors
Members and children under five are free

Our Mission: The mission of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is to increase the sustainable use and conservation of native wildflowers, plants, and landscapes

Our Vision: To preserve and restore the natural beauty and biological diversity of North America by inspiring people to love the land.

History

  • In 1982 Lady Bird Johnson and Helen Hayes founded the National Wildflower Research Center.
  • In 1995 the Wildflower Center moved to its present location on 43 acres in Southwest Austin.
  • In 1998 the Wildflower Center was renamed in honor of its founder, Lady Bird Johnson.
  • In 1999, 136 acres were purchased.
  • In 2002, a donation of 100 acres was made to the Wildflower Center. The Center currently resides on 279 acres.
  • On December 22, 2002, the Wildflower Center celebrated its 20th anniversary and Mrs. Johnson's 90th Birthday.

Employees

  • 47 full-time staff
  • Approximately active 400 volunteers

Programs

  • Brown Center for Environmental Education inspires people to reconnect with the land. We provide teacher training, a variety of lectures, workshops and children's programs.
  • Landscape Restoration Program conducts research into the effects of various land management techniques, and offers ecological consulting to municipalities and landowners.
  • Plant Conservation Program conducts research to help restore and preserve rare and endangered plant habitats in Texas.
  • Horticulture maintains the Center's gardens and oversees the propagation of native plants. We aim to increase the diversity of native plant material available to people across the country.
  • Volunteer Programs provide opportunities for young and old alike.
  • Guided Tours are offered for adults and school groups.
  • Facility Rentals provide the opportunity for the public to rent space at the Wildflower Center for everything from weddings to meeting space.
  • Memberships include free admission to the Wildflower Center, advance notice of classes and events, special rates for many workshops, a subscription to the Native Plants magazine, and a 10% discount at Wild Ideas: The Store and on plant sales.

Membership Rates

  • Student/Senior...$25
  • Basic Individual...$40
  • Family...$60

Wildflower Center Features

  • The Wildflower Cafe serves homemade soups, sandwiches, and tea breads daily.
  • Wild Ideas: The Store offers a unique mixture of art, clothing, and books.
  • The Visitors Gallery is a place to learn more about Mrs. Johnson's vision.
  • The Auditorium is a spacious place for lectures, classes, and meetings.
  • The Library is a resource of books and periodicals on botany and native plants.
  • The Center's gardens & natural areas contain more than 600 species of Central Texas native plants.

Other Features

  • Observation Tower
  • Nature Trails
  • Picnic Areas
  • Outdoor classrooms
  • Erma Lowe Hill Country Stream
  • Rainwater Harvesting System
  • Ann and O.J. Weber Butterfly Garden
  • Margaret & Eugene McDermott Learning Center

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