Welcome to the

BOTANIC GARDEN of TEXAS

A garden for everyone, open by reservation with limited capacity

EVENTS & CLASSES

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

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Move-it Mondays

March 22 – May 10, Evenings

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What's Happening in the Gardens?

Thursdays, March – May

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Parent & Toddler Yoga

First & Third Tuesdays

Mon 19

Move-it Mondays

April 19 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Tue 20

Parent & Toddler Yoga

April 20 @ 10:00 am - 10:30 am
Wed 21

Sprouts Story Time

April 21 @ 10:00 am - 10:45 am
Thu 22

What’s Happening in the Gardens? – VIRTUAL

April 22 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Sat 24

Container Gardening Workshop – SOLD OUT

April 24 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

FIND A PLANT

Discover the Native Plants of North America


GARDEN VIEWS

An inside glimpse of the gardens from our Instagram feed

Know someone who could use some wildflower cheer in their day (including you)? We’ve got you! Today we launch our v. exciting “Adopt a Wildflower” program so you can send a little piece of wild-blooming Texas heaven to say “🌻Happy Birthday!” or “💙I miss you” or “Remember that time we walked among the firewheels...” ❣️Say it all with wildflowers. Your symbolic adoption supports the Center + you score a beautiful postcard with a stunning pic of the flower, some species-specific info & inspo and a place for a stamp/address to send it to someone special. Totally legit option to keep and frame it! More info at link in bio, today’s story or wildflower.org/adopt

Meet the adoptables: Texas Bluebonnet (Lupinus texensis), Common Sunflower (Helianthus annuus), American White Water-lily (Nymphaea odorata), Firewheel (Gaillardia pulchella), Spineless Prickly Pear (Opuntia ellisiana)
“When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it's your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else. Most people in the city rush around so, they have no time to look at a flower. I want them to see it whether they want to or not.” 

— Georgia O’Keeffe

But who wouldn’t take time for this red columbine?(Aquilegia formosa)

📸: @alitexas 

#TXWildflowers2021
We’d like to illuminate your cloudy morning and offer a midweek pickup with an exciting announcement… 

The Wildflower Center has declared 🌻SUNFLOWER to be 2021’s Wildflower of the Year! These beaming botanical beauties are a symbol of hope, resilience and bright days ahead🌤. To read more about why we love sunflowers, fortifying your garden with this fantastic flora & more, head to wildflower.org/woty or check out the links in today’s Story (we’ll make it a highlight too).

Find this species, common sunflower (Helianthus annuus), in bloom from June - August at the Center.

#WildflowerOfTheYear #SunflowerPower
Hey busy bees! What’s the buzz at the Center this week?? So glad you asked! 

✨Extended hours (9a-8p) Mon & Tues! wildflower.org/visit 

🤸🏽‍♀️Move-it Monday w/wellness classes for all ages! Yoga, meditation, stretching, dance & more 

🎸Live music, favorite food trucks, cocktails & plenty of room for picnic blankets at Tuesday Twilights 

🐝 Classes like our make-and-take bee hotel workshop (one class for adults, one for fams!) Saturday. wildflower.org/learn 

And, you know, it’s wildflower season so it’s always a great day to visit! Be sure to reserve your spot and check out all our happenings at wildflower.org/events (link in bio) 🔗🌱🦉🌼

📸: Native bee on redbud (Cercis canadensis) by Jon Merz
#TxWildflowers2021
🤩WOW Wednesday: Fortlandia Edition! 

Pt. 1: We asked Fortlandians to pick your favorite fort from the 2020-21 exhibition, and… 

The People's Choice Award goes to A•Frame, designed by local firm @pollenarchitecture 🧡Congratulations!

This fort was Inspired by the idea that everyday items such as tables + couch cushions have the ability to take on entirely new functions for kids. A colorful bench at first glance, but it's also a stage, a tunnel, a climbing wall — or whatever your imagination sees in it. Applause for Pollen! 👏🏽

Pt. 2: Will YOUR DESIGN be part of Fortlandia this fall/winter?? We are now accepting proposals from artists, architects, designers, dreamers & students. This year the exhibition will spill out of the gardens and one secret hideout will be built on the Hike-and-Bike Trail at Lady Bird Lake! Info sessions + application at wildflower.org/fortlandia — tag someone who should design a fort!

📸: @pollenarchitecture
In a time like no other, the dependable blooms of wildflowers help ground us, connect us to the season & give us a sense of hope. They color our worlds through hard times & joyful ones. When spring blooms fade, the plants are still busy making seeds + fruit to support wildlife through summer and into fall. 
🌱
We work hard to keep our gardens and natural areas healthy + open, & your support helps us do that work all year long. Make a donation now during @utaustintx 40 Hours for the Forty Acres fundraising campaign and your impact will be doubled! A generous donor is matching funds up to $5,100🌻🌻 Donate today at the link in our bio or story.
“In a world myriad as ours, the gaze is a singular act: to look at something is to fill your whole life with it, if only briefly.”

― Ocean Vuong, from “On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous”

📸: Monarch (Danaus plexippus) and Mexican buckeye (Ungnadia speciosa) at the Center by @tdimenno
Know someone who could use some wildflower cheer in their day (including you)? We’ve got you! Today we launch our v. exciting “Adopt a Wildflower” program so you can send a little piece of wild-blooming Texas heaven to say “🌻Happy Birthday!” or “💙I miss you” or “Remember that time we walked among the firewheels...” ❣️Say it all with wildflowers. Your symbolic adoption supports the Center + you score a beautiful postcard with a stunning pic of the flower, some species-specific info & inspo and a place for a stamp/address to send it to someone special. Totally legit option to keep and frame it! More info at link in bio, today’s story or wildflower.org/adopt

Meet the adoptables: Texas Bluebonnet (Lupinus texensis), Common Sunflower (Helianthus annuus), American White Water-lily (Nymphaea odorata), Firewheel (Gaillardia pulchella), Spineless Prickly Pear (Opuntia ellisiana)
“When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it's your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else. Most people in the city rush around so, they have no time to look at a flower. I want them to see it whether they want to or not.” 

— Georgia O’Keeffe

But who wouldn’t take time for this red columbine?(Aquilegia formosa)

📸: @alitexas 

#TXWildflowers2021
We’d like to illuminate your cloudy morning and offer a midweek pickup with an exciting announcement… 

The Wildflower Center has declared 🌻SUNFLOWER to be 2021’s Wildflower of the Year! These beaming botanical beauties are a symbol of hope, resilience and bright days ahead🌤. To read more about why we love sunflowers, fortifying your garden with this fantastic flora & more, head to wildflower.org/woty or check out the links in today’s Story (we’ll make it a highlight too).

Find this species, common sunflower (Helianthus annuus), in bloom from June - August at the Center.

#WildflowerOfTheYear #SunflowerPower
Hey busy bees! What’s the buzz at the Center this week?? So glad you asked! 

✨Extended hours (9a-8p) Mon & Tues! wildflower.org/visit 

🤸🏽‍♀️Move-it Monday w/wellness classes for all ages! Yoga, meditation, stretching, dance & more 

🎸Live music, favorite food trucks, cocktails & plenty of room for picnic blankets at Tuesday Twilights 

🐝 Classes like our make-and-take bee hotel workshop (one class for adults, one for fams!) Saturday. wildflower.org/learn 

And, you know, it’s wildflower season so it’s always a great day to visit! Be sure to reserve your spot and check out all our happenings at wildflower.org/events (link in bio) 🔗🌱🦉🌼

📸: Native bee on redbud (Cercis canadensis) by Jon Merz
#TxWildflowers2021
🤩WOW Wednesday: Fortlandia Edition! 

Pt. 1: We asked Fortlandians to pick your favorite fort from the 2020-21 exhibition, and… 

The People's Choice Award goes to A•Frame, designed by local firm @pollenarchitecture 🧡Congratulations!

This fort was Inspired by the idea that everyday items such as tables + couch cushions have the ability to take on entirely new functions for kids. A colorful bench at first glance, but it's also a stage, a tunnel, a climbing wall — or whatever your imagination sees in it. Applause for Pollen! 👏🏽

Pt. 2: Will YOUR DESIGN be part of Fortlandia this fall/winter?? We are now accepting proposals from artists, architects, designers, dreamers & students. This year the exhibition will spill out of the gardens and one secret hideout will be built on the Hike-and-Bike Trail at Lady Bird Lake! Info sessions + application at wildflower.org/fortlandia — tag someone who should design a fort!

📸: @pollenarchitecture
In a time like no other, the dependable blooms of wildflowers help ground us, connect us to the season & give us a sense of hope. They color our worlds through hard times & joyful ones. When spring blooms fade, the plants are still busy making seeds + fruit to support wildlife through summer and into fall. 
🌱
We work hard to keep our gardens and natural areas healthy + open, & your support helps us do that work all year long. Make a donation now during @utaustintx 40 Hours for the Forty Acres fundraising campaign and your impact will be doubled! A generous donor is matching funds up to $5,100🌻🌻 Donate today at the link in our bio or story.
“In a world myriad as ours, the gaze is a singular act: to look at something is to fill your whole life with it, if only briefly.”

― Ocean Vuong, from “On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous”

📸: Monarch (Danaus plexippus) and Mexican buckeye (Ungnadia speciosa) at the Center by @tdimenno

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EXPLORE MORE

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