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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


March 26, 2007

A.R. Valentien Botanicals Exhibit

What:  "A.R. Valentien Botanicals" exhibit 

When:  April 1 to June 30 

Where:  McDermott Learning Center at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 LaCrosse Ave, Austin, TX  

Background: The "A.R. Valentien Botanicals" exhibit is on loan from the San Diego Natural History Museum. The artist depicts the beauty and purity of native California plants with dazzling watercolors and lifelike illustrations. Although meticulous in their execution, each painting is breathtakingly vibrant and full of spontaneity. Valentien began his work in 1908, and for the next ten years traveled throughout the state of California completing 1,094 paintings that depicted 1,500 species of plants.

Products inspired by Valentien's work will be carried in the store at the Wildflower Center. For more information visit

Images available upon request.

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