Open by reservation;
masks optional.

Open by reservation;
masks optional.

Welcome to the

BOTANIC GARDEN of TEXAS

A garden for everyone, open by reservation

EVENTS & CLASSES

Join us for one of our exciting classes, programs or events

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Austin Museum Day

Sunday, Sept. 19

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Fortlandia

Daily, Oct. 2, 2021 – Jan. 30, 2022
Members Only – Oct. 2 & 3

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Fall Native Plant Sale

Fridays – Sundays, Sept. 24 – Nov. 7

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Luminations

Thursdays – Sundays,
Dec. 2, 2021 – Jan. 30, 2022

Sat 18

Native Plants II (SOLD OUT)

September 18 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Sun 19

Foraging for Native Edibles

September 19 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Mon 20

Yoga FIT

September 20 @ 11:00 am - 11:45 am
Tue 21

Get FIT (SOLD OUT)

September 21 @ 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Tue 21

Parent & Toddler Yoga

September 21 @ 10:00 am - 10:30 am

FIND A PLANT

Discover the Native Plants of North America


GARDEN VIEWS

An inside glimpse of the gardens from our Instagram feed

We're celebrating #HispanicHeritageMonth by revisiting Benito Treviño's 2018 interview with Wildflower magazine. Benito and his wife Toni own Rancho Lomitas, a native plant nursery and eco-tourist oasis near Rio Grande City. Benito began taking botany classes while a student at UT, but he's been passionate about plants since childhood. He says: 

“I come from a large family — 15 of us, 13 survived — and my grandmother, aunt and mother would call me first if somebody had a headache or dysentery, send me out into the brush, and I would collect the plants ... I want the upcoming generation to be aware of how important our native plants are — not just because they are beautiful and you can use them for landscaping, but because there is a very deep history with native plants that made settling this part of the country possible.” 

Check out the full interview via link in bio.

Photo: Nathan Lambrecht (@lambrecht_photo)
Interview: K. Angel Horne (@l.l.foxtrot)
This photo of Eduardo and Kyle has us humming “I Want To Hold Your Hand” by The Beatles. We love hosting weddings and private events! Is there something you want to celebrate? See link in bio for venue details.

📸  @nikknguyenphoto 

#WeddingWednesday
Doesn’t sand palafox (Palafoxia hookeriana) look like a ballerina’s tutu? This plant might not do much twirling itself, but it certainly turns heads in our Family Garden. Bloom time: June – Oct.
Austinites: Can you believe it was almost cool enough for a sweater this morning?! To celebrate, here’s a picture of goldenrod (Solidago spp.). The plant’s burnished yellow blooms are most definitely a symbol of fall. 

Worth noting: Although goldenrods are commonly blamed for hay fever, this discomfort is usually caused by pollen from ragweed (Ambrosia spp.).
Story time is back with new fall hours! Join us in the Family Garden every Wednesday and Thursday, from 10 – 10:30 a.m. for a different seasonal tale. Books have been selected with sprouts (children ages 5 and younger) in mind. Details via link in bio. 

Note: Fall story time runs now - Nov. 18.
Off for Labor Day? Come explore our gardens! We’re open normal hours, and odds are good you'll spot a Rio Grande globe amaranth (Gomphrena haageana). This pompom shaped flower blooms Sept. - Nov. Reserve your ticket via link in bio. 

📸 Rio Grande globe amaranth (Gomphrena haageana)
You might notice smoke at the Wildflower Center today. Don’t worry! It’s intentional. We're conducting a prescribed fire to help restore the landscape, promote future growth, and remove fuel that could aggravate uncontrolled wildfires. Safety is our top priority, so the Simmons Research Trail is temporarily closed. (It will reopen tomorrow.) Learn more about why we burn via link in bio. 

📸  Lee Clippard
Looking for a job? We’re so glad you saw this post! The Wildflower Center is hiring for several positions. Here are two that might interest you: 

Fortlandia Exhibition Assistant (Part Time, Multiple Openings) - Work at the intersection of nature, art and architecture and help our guests have a safe, fun experience for the 2021-22 Fortlandia season. Seeking assistants who are safety-minded, outdoor-loving and happy to cover a lot of ground daily. 

Birthday Parties Lead Attendant (Full Time) - The Center is seeking a friendly, science savvy person with a passion for entertaining and educating children. This role leads ecology-themed birthday parties and assists the education staff by facilitating educational activities, programs, and other events as needed. 

For more information and additional opportunities, see link in bio.

📸 by Josh Baker @azulox
Let’s face it: Mondays stink — and so do scarlet muskflowers. Believe it or not, this beautiful bloom smells a little funky when you get really close to it. Hummingbirds don’t seem to mind, though. We regularly catch them visiting the scarlet muskflowers in our gardens. 

Bloom time: April – Nov. 

📸  Scarlet muskflower (Nyctaginia capitata) by @tdimenno
We're celebrating #HispanicHeritageMonth by revisiting Benito Treviño's 2018 interview with Wildflower magazine. Benito and his wife Toni own Rancho Lomitas, a native plant nursery and eco-tourist oasis near Rio Grande City. Benito began taking botany classes while a student at UT, but he's been passionate about plants since childhood. He says: 

“I come from a large family — 15 of us, 13 survived — and my grandmother, aunt and mother would call me first if somebody had a headache or dysentery, send me out into the brush, and I would collect the plants ... I want the upcoming generation to be aware of how important our native plants are — not just because they are beautiful and you can use them for landscaping, but because there is a very deep history with native plants that made settling this part of the country possible.” 

Check out the full interview via link in bio.

Photo: Nathan Lambrecht (@lambrecht_photo)
Interview: K. Angel Horne (@l.l.foxtrot)
This photo of Eduardo and Kyle has us humming “I Want To Hold Your Hand” by The Beatles. We love hosting weddings and private events! Is there something you want to celebrate? See link in bio for venue details.

📸  @nikknguyenphoto 

#WeddingWednesday
Doesn’t sand palafox (Palafoxia hookeriana) look like a ballerina’s tutu? This plant might not do much twirling itself, but it certainly turns heads in our Family Garden. Bloom time: June – Oct.
Austinites: Can you believe it was almost cool enough for a sweater this morning?! To celebrate, here’s a picture of goldenrod (Solidago spp.). The plant’s burnished yellow blooms are most definitely a symbol of fall. 

Worth noting: Although goldenrods are commonly blamed for hay fever, this discomfort is usually caused by pollen from ragweed (Ambrosia spp.).
Story time is back with new fall hours! Join us in the Family Garden every Wednesday and Thursday, from 10 – 10:30 a.m. for a different seasonal tale. Books have been selected with sprouts (children ages 5 and younger) in mind. Details via link in bio. 

Note: Fall story time runs now - Nov. 18.
Off for Labor Day? Come explore our gardens! We’re open normal hours, and odds are good you'll spot a Rio Grande globe amaranth (Gomphrena haageana). This pompom shaped flower blooms Sept. - Nov. Reserve your ticket via link in bio. 

📸 Rio Grande globe amaranth (Gomphrena haageana)
You might notice smoke at the Wildflower Center today. Don’t worry! It’s intentional. We're conducting a prescribed fire to help restore the landscape, promote future growth, and remove fuel that could aggravate uncontrolled wildfires. Safety is our top priority, so the Simmons Research Trail is temporarily closed. (It will reopen tomorrow.) Learn more about why we burn via link in bio. 

📸  Lee Clippard
Looking for a job? We’re so glad you saw this post! The Wildflower Center is hiring for several positions. Here are two that might interest you: 

Fortlandia Exhibition Assistant (Part Time, Multiple Openings) - Work at the intersection of nature, art and architecture and help our guests have a safe, fun experience for the 2021-22 Fortlandia season. Seeking assistants who are safety-minded, outdoor-loving and happy to cover a lot of ground daily. 

Birthday Parties Lead Attendant (Full Time) - The Center is seeking a friendly, science savvy person with a passion for entertaining and educating children. This role leads ecology-themed birthday parties and assists the education staff by facilitating educational activities, programs, and other events as needed. 

For more information and additional opportunities, see link in bio.

📸 by Josh Baker @azulox
Let’s face it: Mondays stink — and so do scarlet muskflowers. Believe it or not, this beautiful bloom smells a little funky when you get really close to it. Hummingbirds don’t seem to mind, though. We regularly catch them visiting the scarlet muskflowers in our gardens. 

Bloom time: April – Nov. 

📸  Scarlet muskflower (Nyctaginia capitata) by @tdimenno

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Expert advice, plant nerdery and inspiring stories

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Reading the Rings

What tree rings can teach us about history, climate and future

Maximilian sunflower, Helianthus maximiliani

For the Love of Sunflowers

Why our Wildflower of the Year is a native garden must-have

In a pair of black-and-white photos, two mature Black women stand in their yards; the woman on the left has a natural broom and wears mostly white, including a hat; the woman on the right wears a dotted dress and stands in front of a wall of containers.

The Influencers

Acknowledging the impact of Black women on American horticulture