Open by reservation;
masks optional.

Open by reservation;
masks optional.

Luminations

A strollable winter tradition lighting up our Texas Arboretum

Luminations

A strollable winter tradition lighting up our Texas Arboretum

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

Two young girls in a large "bird's nest" made of grapevines. The older girl is holding the younger one who is looking up through the binoculars.

Drop-in & Discover

Select Saturdays, Oct. 2 – Dec. 11

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Holly Days Store Sale

Dec. 2 – 23

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Fortlandia

Oct. 2, 2021 – Jan. 30, 2022

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Luminations

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

Mon 29

Yoga FIT

November 29 @ 11:00 am - 11:45 am
Tue 30

Get FIT (SOLD OUT)

November 30 @ 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Dec 01

Winter Series: Botanical Illustration

December 1 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Dec 02

Get FIT (SOLD OUT)

December 2 @ 7:30 am - 8:30 am
Dec 06

Yoga FIT

December 6 @ 11:00 am - 11:45 am

FIND A PLANT

Discover the Native Plants of North America


GARDEN VIEWS

An inside glimpse of the gardens from our Instagram feed

The Center is closed today, Nov. 25, for Thanksgiving. Regular hours resume tomorrow. In the meantime, we’re reflecting on this quote from our founder, Mrs. Johnson: 

"For me, wildflowers are joy-giving. They have enriched my life and fed my soul and given beautiful memories to sustain me." 

Nature lovers like you have given us so many reasons to be grateful this past year. Whether you visited our gardens, explored our native plant database, or admired a wildflower blooming in your own backyard — thank you! May you find joy around every corner and create beautiful memories this holiday season. 
 
📸 Maximilian sunflowers (Helianthus maximiliani) by @tdimenno
Texas silverpuff (Chaptalia texana) may look like a dandelion, but this member of the aster family is much less common. In fact, spotting one is a good sign you’ve stumbled upon undisturbed habitat. Chances of seeing a Texas silverpuff in bloom are even slimmer. That’s okay, though, because the flower's nodding bud is just as beautiful. Learn more about Texas silverpuff via link in bio! 

📸 Bud of a Texas silverpuff (Chaptalia texana)
We’re gearing up for Luminations, our annual celebration of winter’s natural beauty, and looking for temporary maintenance workers to help us keep the exhibition glowing all season long! Hirees will also assist with custodial care, facility maintenance, and various other tasks. Apply now via link in bio!
Illinois bundleflower (Desmanthus illinoensis) produces firework-esque blooms from May to September, but its seed pods are equally eye-catching. Twisted and leathery, they resemble miniature pine cones and are decidedly autumnal. Learn more about this native perennial via link in bio!

📸 Illinois bundleflower (Desmanthus illinoensis) seed pods
Today, in honor of Veterans Day, we’re offering free admission to those who have served. Just show your ID to our kiosk staff. Thank you for your service! 

📸Texas Aster (Symphyotrichum drummondii)
As Thanksgiving approaches, we’re filled with gratitude for all the ways people support the Wildflower Center. Volunteers plant and prune. Visitors share photos of the gardens on social media. Children fill the Arboretum with laughter as they explore Fortlandia. Some people even include the Center in their estate plans. Tom Mays and Orlando Zayas fall into that last category. Here’s why they chose to support the Wildflower Center’s mission for generations to come: 

“With the desire to begin shaping our legacy as part of a dynamic cultural institution, came these questions: 

How can we make an impact beyond our lifetimes? 

How can we help guarantee the Center’s future and sustainability? 

How can we continue to provide other community members with access to the Center’s botanic garden, arboretum and education resources? 

We chose to make a legacy gift that will do just that while serving as a resource during lean and mean times. Our planned gift will help the Wildflower Center to plan and pivot — just as we all have learned to do during the pandemic — so that generations to come may be able to experience the beauty of this 284-acre natural landscape.” – Tom Mays 

Learn more about planned giving and @texasscience's Legacy Challenge via link bio. 

📸 From left to right: Tom Mays, Lynda Johnson Robb, Orlando Zayas by Lisa Hause
Texas Arbor Day is this Friday, Nov. 5, and we’re kicking things off with a webinar by Doug Tallamy. The entomologist will discuss his latest book, “The Nature of Oaks,” which explores the various ways “oaks support more forms of life and more fascinating interactions than any other tree genus in North America.” Get the details about this and other arboreal activities via link in bio! 

P.S. Don’t forget — it’s the final weekend of our Fall Native Plant Sale and all remaining inventory will be 25% off. 

📸  Oak trees (Quercus spp.)
The Center is closed today, Nov. 25, for Thanksgiving. Regular hours resume tomorrow. In the meantime, we’re reflecting on this quote from our founder, Mrs. Johnson: 

"For me, wildflowers are joy-giving. They have enriched my life and fed my soul and given beautiful memories to sustain me." 

Nature lovers like you have given us so many reasons to be grateful this past year. Whether you visited our gardens, explored our native plant database, or admired a wildflower blooming in your own backyard — thank you! May you find joy around every corner and create beautiful memories this holiday season. 
 
📸 Maximilian sunflowers (Helianthus maximiliani) by @tdimenno
Texas silverpuff (Chaptalia texana) may look like a dandelion, but this member of the aster family is much less common. In fact, spotting one is a good sign you’ve stumbled upon undisturbed habitat. Chances of seeing a Texas silverpuff in bloom are even slimmer. That’s okay, though, because the flower's nodding bud is just as beautiful. Learn more about Texas silverpuff via link in bio! 

📸 Bud of a Texas silverpuff (Chaptalia texana)
We’re gearing up for Luminations, our annual celebration of winter’s natural beauty, and looking for temporary maintenance workers to help us keep the exhibition glowing all season long! Hirees will also assist with custodial care, facility maintenance, and various other tasks. Apply now via link in bio!
Illinois bundleflower (Desmanthus illinoensis) produces firework-esque blooms from May to September, but its seed pods are equally eye-catching. Twisted and leathery, they resemble miniature pine cones and are decidedly autumnal. Learn more about this native perennial via link in bio!

📸 Illinois bundleflower (Desmanthus illinoensis) seed pods
Today, in honor of Veterans Day, we’re offering free admission to those who have served. Just show your ID to our kiosk staff. Thank you for your service! 

📸Texas Aster (Symphyotrichum drummondii)
As Thanksgiving approaches, we’re filled with gratitude for all the ways people support the Wildflower Center. Volunteers plant and prune. Visitors share photos of the gardens on social media. Children fill the Arboretum with laughter as they explore Fortlandia. Some people even include the Center in their estate plans. Tom Mays and Orlando Zayas fall into that last category. Here’s why they chose to support the Wildflower Center’s mission for generations to come: 

“With the desire to begin shaping our legacy as part of a dynamic cultural institution, came these questions: 

How can we make an impact beyond our lifetimes? 

How can we help guarantee the Center’s future and sustainability? 

How can we continue to provide other community members with access to the Center’s botanic garden, arboretum and education resources? 

We chose to make a legacy gift that will do just that while serving as a resource during lean and mean times. Our planned gift will help the Wildflower Center to plan and pivot — just as we all have learned to do during the pandemic — so that generations to come may be able to experience the beauty of this 284-acre natural landscape.” – Tom Mays 

Learn more about planned giving and @texasscience's Legacy Challenge via link bio. 

📸 From left to right: Tom Mays, Lynda Johnson Robb, Orlando Zayas by Lisa Hause
Texas Arbor Day is this Friday, Nov. 5, and we’re kicking things off with a webinar by Doug Tallamy. The entomologist will discuss his latest book, “The Nature of Oaks,” which explores the various ways “oaks support more forms of life and more fascinating interactions than any other tree genus in North America.” Get the details about this and other arboreal activities via link in bio! 

P.S. Don’t forget — it’s the final weekend of our Fall Native Plant Sale and all remaining inventory will be 25% off. 

📸  Oak trees (Quercus spp.)

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EXPLORE MORE

Expert advice, plant nerdery and inspiring stories

Snow-on-the-prairie and a paper wasp; because it's a UVIVF image, the centers of the flowers stand out in blue against a plant that looks purple, and clumps of pollen shine bright white.

A Different Light

Creative photography helps us see flowers with new eyes

Illustration of compound leaves and round yellow flowers goldenball lead tree (Leucaena retusa)

Reflections and Reclamation

On Black Botanists Week and the power of representation
Big white bluestem prickly poppy blooms above purple blooms of prairie verbena along a concrete path.

Grounded

Time travel via tallgrass prairie