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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What's Happening in the Gardens?

Thursdays, March – May

A pile of cyanotypes on fabric with two hands holding the bottom corners of the top piece. Cyanotypes are def blue with white patterns where the plants laid on the fabric.

Native Fruit Trees

Saturday, June 5

Sprouts image

Parent & Toddler Yoga

First & Third Tuesdays

Nature Nights

June 3, 10, 17 & 24

Tue 18

Parent & Toddler Yoga

May 18 @ 10:00 am - 10:30 am
Tue 18

Unwind & Restore Yoga – NEW

May 18 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Wed 19

Sprouts Story Time

May 19 @ 10:00 am - 10:45 am
Thu 20
Thu 20

FIND A PLANT

Discover the Native Plants of North America


GARDEN VIEWS

An inside glimpse of the gardens from our Instagram feed

Can you imagine your first step being a first flight instead? For the owlets born in the Wildflower Center's sotol (Dasylirion wheeleri) planter by our Wetland Pond, learning to fly is a requirement for leaving the nest. Two weeks ago today, the second of this year's two owlets took those brave first flaps and joined its sibling out in the great big world. Looks like they're literally leaning on each other for support. ❀️

Words of wisdom: Don't ever approach a fledgling on the ground. Protective parents are likely watching nearby, and these young birds are vulnerable and still figuring out life beyond the nest (join the club, right?). πŸ˜‰  Learn more about the Center's great horned owls at link in bio.

πŸ¦‰πŸ“·: Bill J. Boyd
Like ice cream on a hot day, sunshine and a cool breeze, or salty-and-sweet treats, a flowering prickly pear models a delightful juxtaposition of delicate and tough. (Even the β€œspineless” have prickles.) These iconic Texas natives support a variety of wildlife, and their edible fruits and paddles offer tasty treats for humans, too β€” prickly pear marg, anyone? 

Adopt one today at link in bio (wildflower.org/adopt) and get a gorgeous postcard with this image + fun plant facts to keep or give to that special cacti lover in your life. Bonus: Your gift supports our mission inspiring the conservation of native plants! 

πŸ“Έ: Spineless prickly pear (Opuntia ellisiana)
@AustinChronicle readers have spoken and they love Fortlandia! πŸ›  🧑

The Wildflower Center's Fortlandia exhibition β€” which features a new batch of custom forts designed by local architects, designers and artists each year in our Texas Arboretum β€” received the Readers Choice Wild Card pick in the Kids & Family category of their latest β€œBest of Austin” issue. We are honored! And we'll be back with more fort magic in October. Stay tuned! More on our award at link in bio.

Pictured: Community Garden, a Fortlandia 2020-21 fort by @LetterpressPLAY πŸ“· Josh Baker / @azulox
Heads-up! Due to expected inclement weather, tonight's Tuesday Twilight happy hour event has been canceled. β›ˆοΈ (Those who registered for May 11 will receive an email related to refunds and rescheduling.) We're not mad cuz rain = happy plants. And we have  more Tuesday Twilights through June 29! 

πŸ“· @tdimenno
The Wildflower Center is very excited to invite you to "Flowers of Life" β€” a combination of music, nature, words and imagery β€” to be livestreamed via YouTube THIS THURSDAY at 7 p.m. CDT. Register for free at link in bio (donations welcome!).

"Flowers of Life" is the result of an in-depth collaboration between Brazilian guitarist/composer @GabrielSantiago and Wildflower Center Director of Horticulture Andrea DeLong-Amaya. The original composition celebrates the transformation of winter into spring and the intersections of nature and music. Gabriel's performance will be accompanied by selected readings, including inspiring quotes from Lady Bird Johnson. Presented in partnership with @AustinClassicalGuitar.

πŸ“Έ: Chocolate daisy (Berlandiera lyrata); they smell like chocolate (!) and bloom April-November
It's Go Public Gardens Days from May 7 - 16! What does that mean? Free virtual tours from gardens across the country.πŸŒΏπŸ‘Š Also, a great reason to visit your local garden in person. Come see us IRL at link in bio (or wildflower.org/visit).

And/or check out TONIGHT's online presentation by Wildflower Center ecologist Michelle Bertelsen (pictured here). The topic? Twenty years of prescribed fire research at the Center and what the study's findings mean for land management. πŸ”₯  Register at link in today's story.

#GoPublicGardensDays
#OptOutside
#PrescribedFire
β€œMy mother's gifts of courage to me were both large and small. The latter are woven so subtly into the fabric of my psyche that I can hardly distinguish where she stops and I begin.” ― Maya Angelou, from "Mom & Me & Mom"

We're sharing a tiny purple bouquet, courtesy of native perennial prairie verbena (Glandularia bipinnatifida), in honor of all the moms out there. Enjoy your day! We celebrate you.🌿 πŸ’œ

πŸ“Έ: Alan Cressler
Sunny days, meet sunny rays! Like many members of the Asteraceae family, common sunflowers are comprised of ray and disk flowers (in this case, the yellow and brown parts, respectively). Common sunflowers (Helianthus annuus) typically start blooming in July, but you can already see their brawny stems and broad leaves growing skyward at the Center and around Central Texas.

Now, you can adopt a common sunflower by making a donation to the Center. You'll get a beautiful postcard with this photo (plus fascinating plant facts) to keep or share with someone special. And you'll be supporting our important work inspiring the conservation of native plants. Visit link in bio or wildflower.org/adopt to make your gift.

It's a great way to celebrate National Wildflower Week AND our Wildflower of the Year! 

#AdoptAWildflower
#NationalWildflowerWeek
#WildflowerOfTheYear 
#SunflowerPower
It's National Wildflower Week! NWW was created in 1987 to celebrate the beauty and importance of native wildflowers across the United States. At the Wildflower Center, that's our everyday MO, just as Lady Bird Johnson intended!

We've gathered fun, family friendly, nature-inspired activities β€” such as seed balls, nature bracelets, wildflower bingo and nature haiku β€” to help you explore native plants around you. Link in bio (wildflower.org/nationalwildflowerweek). Show and/or tell us how you do NWW! 

You can also follow a realtime report of wildflowers blooming at the Center and all across Texas on our curated @TexasWildflowerWatch feed. Tag your photos #TXWildflowers2021 so we know where the shows are happening!

πŸ“Έ: Firewheel (Gaillardia pulchella)
Can you imagine your first step being a first flight instead? For the owlets born in the Wildflower Center's sotol (Dasylirion wheeleri) planter by our Wetland Pond, learning to fly is a requirement for leaving the nest. Two weeks ago today, the second of this year's two owlets took those brave first flaps and joined its sibling out in the great big world. Looks like they're literally leaning on each other for support. ❀️

Words of wisdom: Don't ever approach a fledgling on the ground. Protective parents are likely watching nearby, and these young birds are vulnerable and still figuring out life beyond the nest (join the club, right?). πŸ˜‰  Learn more about the Center's great horned owls at link in bio.

πŸ¦‰πŸ“·: Bill J. Boyd
Like ice cream on a hot day, sunshine and a cool breeze, or salty-and-sweet treats, a flowering prickly pear models a delightful juxtaposition of delicate and tough. (Even the β€œspineless” have prickles.) These iconic Texas natives support a variety of wildlife, and their edible fruits and paddles offer tasty treats for humans, too β€” prickly pear marg, anyone? 

Adopt one today at link in bio (wildflower.org/adopt) and get a gorgeous postcard with this image + fun plant facts to keep or give to that special cacti lover in your life. Bonus: Your gift supports our mission inspiring the conservation of native plants! 

πŸ“Έ: Spineless prickly pear (Opuntia ellisiana)
@AustinChronicle readers have spoken and they love Fortlandia! πŸ›  🧑

The Wildflower Center's Fortlandia exhibition β€” which features a new batch of custom forts designed by local architects, designers and artists each year in our Texas Arboretum β€” received the Readers Choice Wild Card pick in the Kids & Family category of their latest β€œBest of Austin” issue. We are honored! And we'll be back with more fort magic in October. Stay tuned! More on our award at link in bio.

Pictured: Community Garden, a Fortlandia 2020-21 fort by @LetterpressPLAY πŸ“· Josh Baker / @azulox
Heads-up! Due to expected inclement weather, tonight's Tuesday Twilight happy hour event has been canceled. β›ˆοΈ (Those who registered for May 11 will receive an email related to refunds and rescheduling.) We're not mad cuz rain = happy plants. And we have  more Tuesday Twilights through June 29! 

πŸ“· @tdimenno
The Wildflower Center is very excited to invite you to "Flowers of Life" β€” a combination of music, nature, words and imagery β€” to be livestreamed via YouTube THIS THURSDAY at 7 p.m. CDT. Register for free at link in bio (donations welcome!).

"Flowers of Life" is the result of an in-depth collaboration between Brazilian guitarist/composer @GabrielSantiago and Wildflower Center Director of Horticulture Andrea DeLong-Amaya. The original composition celebrates the transformation of winter into spring and the intersections of nature and music. Gabriel's performance will be accompanied by selected readings, including inspiring quotes from Lady Bird Johnson. Presented in partnership with @AustinClassicalGuitar.

πŸ“Έ: Chocolate daisy (Berlandiera lyrata); they smell like chocolate (!) and bloom April-November
It's Go Public Gardens Days from May 7 - 16! What does that mean? Free virtual tours from gardens across the country.πŸŒΏπŸ‘Š Also, a great reason to visit your local garden in person. Come see us IRL at link in bio (or wildflower.org/visit).

And/or check out TONIGHT's online presentation by Wildflower Center ecologist Michelle Bertelsen (pictured here). The topic? Twenty years of prescribed fire research at the Center and what the study's findings mean for land management. πŸ”₯  Register at link in today's story.

#GoPublicGardensDays
#OptOutside
#PrescribedFire
β€œMy mother's gifts of courage to me were both large and small. The latter are woven so subtly into the fabric of my psyche that I can hardly distinguish where she stops and I begin.” ― Maya Angelou, from "Mom & Me & Mom"

We're sharing a tiny purple bouquet, courtesy of native perennial prairie verbena (Glandularia bipinnatifida), in honor of all the moms out there. Enjoy your day! We celebrate you.🌿 πŸ’œ

πŸ“Έ: Alan Cressler
Sunny days, meet sunny rays! Like many members of the Asteraceae family, common sunflowers are comprised of ray and disk flowers (in this case, the yellow and brown parts, respectively). Common sunflowers (Helianthus annuus) typically start blooming in July, but you can already see their brawny stems and broad leaves growing skyward at the Center and around Central Texas.

Now, you can adopt a common sunflower by making a donation to the Center. You'll get a beautiful postcard with this photo (plus fascinating plant facts) to keep or share with someone special. And you'll be supporting our important work inspiring the conservation of native plants. Visit link in bio or wildflower.org/adopt to make your gift.

It's a great way to celebrate National Wildflower Week AND our Wildflower of the Year! 

#AdoptAWildflower
#NationalWildflowerWeek
#WildflowerOfTheYear 
#SunflowerPower
It's National Wildflower Week! NWW was created in 1987 to celebrate the beauty and importance of native wildflowers across the United States. At the Wildflower Center, that's our everyday MO, just as Lady Bird Johnson intended!

We've gathered fun, family friendly, nature-inspired activities β€” such as seed balls, nature bracelets, wildflower bingo and nature haiku β€” to help you explore native plants around you. Link in bio (wildflower.org/nationalwildflowerweek). Show and/or tell us how you do NWW! 

You can also follow a realtime report of wildflowers blooming at the Center and all across Texas on our curated @TexasWildflowerWatch feed. Tag your photos #TXWildflowers2021 so we know where the shows are happening!

πŸ“Έ: Firewheel (Gaillardia pulchella)

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EXPLORE MORE

Expert advice, plant nerdery and inspiring stories

A close-up of a tree cross section in grayscale clearly shows tree rings and some cracks and wear

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