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BOTANIC GARDEN of TEXAS

EVENTS & CLASSES

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

Series: Botanical Illustration

July 21 – Sept. 1

Nature play can reduce stress, increase physical activity, and help children develop such skills as reasoning, problem solving and cooperation. PHOTO John W. Clark

Teacher Training

Monday, Aug. 8

FIND A PLANT

Discover the Native Plants of North America


GARDEN VIEWS

An inside glimpse of the gardens from our Instagram feed

There’s a newly dedicated tree in our Texas Arboretum, thanks to the Top Ladies of Distinction, Dale City - Prince William County Chapter! Formed in 1964 after Major Ozell M. Dean attended a luncheon hosted by Lady Bird Johnson, Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc. (TLOD) shares our founder’s commitment to environmental equity. In addition to community beautification projects, the humanitarian organization focuses on improving the lives of youth, women and senior citizens. 

Last week, TLOD members from across the country visited the Center for the tree dedication ceremony, which included poetry readings and remembrances. Look for TLOD’s Texas red oak (Quercus buckleyi) next time you’re in the Arboretum! 

PHOTO: Members of @tlodinc1964 and @dcpwc_tlod with Wildflower Center staff 

#LadyBirdWildflowers #StayWild
Growing milkweeds (Asclepias sp.) is one of the best ways to support monarch butterflies. Yes, these plants are notoriously difficult to germinate, but don’t despair! We’ve developed and tested a protocol that results in good germination rates for a number of native milkweed species. See link in bio for a step-by-step guide. 

#LadyBirdWildflowers #StayWild
Wild shrimp plant (Yeatesia platystegia) has bracts that resemble a shrimp's abdomen. But rather than antennae, this strikingly unique perennial is adorned with small lavender flowers. When we say unique we mean it: wild shrimp plant is native only to Texas and found exclusively on the Rio Grande Plain and Edwards Plateau — in the wild, that is. (You can easily view a cultivated specimen in our Theme Gardens this time of year.) Plan your Wildflower Center visit via link in bio! 

#LadyBirdWildflowers #StayWild
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) recently added the monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) to its endagered species list. In the video, Dr. Sean Griffin, the Wildflower Center’s director of Science and Conservation, explains what that means and how you can help. See link in bio for more ideas. (Find video transcript in comments.)

PHOTO: Val Bugh

#LadyBirdWildflowers #StayWild
The Wildflower Center is excited to serve a diverse population of people like you with various backgrounds and lived experiences. Our combined knowledge is invaluable as we all continue to learn about environmental challenges facing our planet.

As we work together to create a more resilient future, we know we can rely on you to join the action. Give today to support the Center’s environmental efforts and help us reach our fundraising goal of $100,000 by August 31, 2022. The impact of your gift will be doubled by our $50,000 matching fund. Make a donation now via the "Give Today" link in bio.

#LadyBirdWildflowers #StayWild
It’s summertime in Texas, so you’re probably looking for a good place to chill. The Wildflower Center has you covered! See link in bio for a roundup of our favorite water features and shady spots. 

PHOTO: John W. Clark

#StayWild #LadyBirdWildflowers
This month, our gardens were full of Gregg’s mistflower (Conoclinium greggii), mealy blue sage (Salvia farinacea), milkweed pods (Asclepias spp.) and more. We can’t wait to see what August brings! Any predictions? 

About the photo: Larissa van der Steen Quon (@wildalcove) visits the Wildflower Center monthly, using intentionally harvested plant matter to create mandalas that track the change of the seasons. This is the sixth in her series. 

#LadyBirdWildflowers #StayWild
An illuminating experience is on the horizon. Field of Light by @brucemunrostudio is coming to our Texas Arboretum this September! Learn more about the immersive, solar-powered exhibition and get tickets via link in bio. 

#FieldOfLightAustin #LadyBirdWildflowers #BruceMunroLight #StayWild
Would it be summertime in Texas without cicadas’ nightly concerts? The one pictured here is resting after recently emerging from its exoskeleton. You never know what you’ll spot in our gardens! Plan your Wildflower Center visit via link in bio.

#LadyBirdWildflowers #StayWild
Looking for an alternative to the non-native crape myrtle? Horticulturist Lisa Cole can’t recommend desert willow (Chilopsis linearis) highly enough — and neither can the bee that shows up at the end of this video! (See transcript in comments.) 

Plan your Wildflower Center visit via link in bio. 

COVER PHOTO: Paul Cox 

#LadyBirdWildflowers #StayWild
There’s a newly dedicated tree in our Texas Arboretum, thanks to the Top Ladies of Distinction, Dale City - Prince William County Chapter! Formed in 1964 after Major Ozell M. Dean attended a luncheon hosted by Lady Bird Johnson, Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc. (TLOD) shares our founder’s commitment to environmental equity. In addition to community beautification projects, the humanitarian organization focuses on improving the lives of youth, women and senior citizens. 

Last week, TLOD members from across the country visited the Center for the tree dedication ceremony, which included poetry readings and remembrances. Look for TLOD’s Texas red oak (Quercus buckleyi) next time you’re in the Arboretum! 

PHOTO: Members of @tlodinc1964 and @dcpwc_tlod with Wildflower Center staff 

#LadyBirdWildflowers #StayWild
Growing milkweeds (Asclepias sp.) is one of the best ways to support monarch butterflies. Yes, these plants are notoriously difficult to germinate, but don’t despair! We’ve developed and tested a protocol that results in good germination rates for a number of native milkweed species. See link in bio for a step-by-step guide. 

#LadyBirdWildflowers #StayWild
Wild shrimp plant (Yeatesia platystegia) has bracts that resemble a shrimp's abdomen. But rather than antennae, this strikingly unique perennial is adorned with small lavender flowers. When we say unique we mean it: wild shrimp plant is native only to Texas and found exclusively on the Rio Grande Plain and Edwards Plateau — in the wild, that is. (You can easily view a cultivated specimen in our Theme Gardens this time of year.) Plan your Wildflower Center visit via link in bio! 

#LadyBirdWildflowers #StayWild
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) recently added the monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) to its endagered species list. In the video, Dr. Sean Griffin, the Wildflower Center’s director of Science and Conservation, explains what that means and how you can help. See link in bio for more ideas. (Find video transcript in comments.)

PHOTO: Val Bugh

#LadyBirdWildflowers #StayWild
The Wildflower Center is excited to serve a diverse population of people like you with various backgrounds and lived experiences. Our combined knowledge is invaluable as we all continue to learn about environmental challenges facing our planet.

As we work together to create a more resilient future, we know we can rely on you to join the action. Give today to support the Center’s environmental efforts and help us reach our fundraising goal of $100,000 by August 31, 2022. The impact of your gift will be doubled by our $50,000 matching fund. Make a donation now via the "Give Today" link in bio.

#LadyBirdWildflowers #StayWild
It’s summertime in Texas, so you’re probably looking for a good place to chill. The Wildflower Center has you covered! See link in bio for a roundup of our favorite water features and shady spots. 

PHOTO: John W. Clark

#StayWild #LadyBirdWildflowers
This month, our gardens were full of Gregg’s mistflower (Conoclinium greggii), mealy blue sage (Salvia farinacea), milkweed pods (Asclepias spp.) and more. We can’t wait to see what August brings! Any predictions? 

About the photo: Larissa van der Steen Quon (@wildalcove) visits the Wildflower Center monthly, using intentionally harvested plant matter to create mandalas that track the change of the seasons. This is the sixth in her series. 

#LadyBirdWildflowers #StayWild
An illuminating experience is on the horizon. Field of Light by @brucemunrostudio is coming to our Texas Arboretum this September! Learn more about the immersive, solar-powered exhibition and get tickets via link in bio. 

#FieldOfLightAustin #LadyBirdWildflowers #BruceMunroLight #StayWild
Would it be summertime in Texas without cicadas’ nightly concerts? The one pictured here is resting after recently emerging from its exoskeleton. You never know what you’ll spot in our gardens! Plan your Wildflower Center visit via link in bio.

#LadyBirdWildflowers #StayWild
Looking for an alternative to the non-native crape myrtle? Horticulturist Lisa Cole can’t recommend desert willow (Chilopsis linearis) highly enough — and neither can the bee that shows up at the end of this video! (See transcript in comments.) 

Plan your Wildflower Center visit via link in bio. 

COVER PHOTO: Paul Cox 

#LadyBirdWildflowers #StayWild

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