When European settlers first arrived in Central Texas, much of the Hill Country was a savanna - a softly undulating expanse of grass punctuated with oaks and junipers. Because of fire suppression and overgrazing, few of these savannas remain today. The Wildflower Center works to restore the savanna to its original character which you can experience through our trails.
NOTE: Due to heavy rains, trails may be rough. The Restoration Research Trail remains closed awaiting repair. (Updated: March 7, 2016)
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The Texas Arboretum
200 years in the making, the Mollie Steves Zachry Texas Arboretum located in an area of deeper soils suitable for growing a large number of tree species. Developed as a classic arboretum, this will be an interpreted systematic collection where visitors can learn about the diversity of Texas trees in a relatively compact area. The ground plane will be maintained in simple sweeps of native grasses and wildflowers, and pathways will connect different groupings of trees. A major emphasis will be placed on Texas oaks, but many other woody species will also be included. The arboretum will serve as a resource for tree-identification, field trips, and outdoor classes, and will be the centerpiece for the Wildflower Centerís tree-related educational programs and events.
View The Texas Arboretum Collection in Native Plant Information Network.