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Your home for Texas wildflower info

HOURS

Open Daily
9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

ADMISSIONS

Adults – $12
Youth – $6
Members – FREE

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4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX 78739
512.232.0100

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Owl About Athena

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GARDEN VIEWS

A glimpse at what you might see now

Instagram post 2279205589396942468_1134410758 “Clearly, nature calls to something very deep in us. Biophilia, the love of nature and living things, is an essential part of the human condition. Hortophilia, the desire to interact with, manage and tend nature, is also deeply instilled in us. The role that nature plays in health and healing becomes even more critical for people working long days in windowless offices, for those living in city neighborhoods without access to green spaces, for children in city schools or for those in institutional settings such as nursing homes. The effects of nature’s qualities on health are not only spiritual and emotional but physical and neurological. I have no doubt that they reflect deep changes in the brain’s physiology, and perhaps even its structure.” -Oliver Sacks from The Healing Power of Gardens 🌿 We’re keeping the gardens & natural areas healthy & sharing the gifts of the season with you, wherever you are. And we promise that’s what we’ll continue to do. 📸: Prairie celestials (Nemastylis geminiflora) #ourgardensyourhome #prairieflowers #oliversacks #inournature #vitaminN #naturerx
Instagram post 2278536975454907503_1134410758 Center views for you! Lots of bluebonnets and phlox serving butterflies and bees along our Simmons Research Trail. What’s blooming or buzzing where you are? 👀 #trailside #springintexas #txwildflowers2020 #
Instagram post 2277103795728536667_1134410758 🕵🏾🌿It’s amazing what you can observe when you slow down, look all around, get close and stay curious. Wildflower photographers very often find that while a blossom catches our eye, our lens finds tiny friends and whole micro-ecosystems and stories unfolding within a square inch or less! This crab spider (Mecaphesa spp.) was spotted on rusty blackhaw viburnum (Viburnum rufidulum), likely waiting for a meal to come their way. Bonus: Check out an awesome story about ambush predators in today’s Story! #crabspider #thinksmall #littleworlds #viburnum #thomisidae #flowerspider
Instagram post 2276342576671287743_1134410758 It’s a Blue Monday and we’re ok with that. 💙🌿 How do you feel about Texas’ state flower? Any favorite bb facts? We’ll share ours in today’s Story, but you can find more bluebonnet trivia + wildflower resources & info about all our other iconic wildflowers at the link in our bio, wildflower.org/texas 📸: Lupinus texensis among our John Barr trail #txwildflowers2020 #texasbluebonnets #lupines #blueview
Instagram post 2274826890346097159_1134410758 Good morning from the gardens. If you have a breeze on your cheek or a patch of sky above you or something green and living to touch, that’s pretty lucky! If you can’t reach those things right now, send your mind here, take as many slow breaths as you like and know that you are a part of nature and that’s a beautiful thing. 🌿✨ 📸: Gardener Amy G. #ourgardensyourhome #natureisforeveryone #aperfectmorning
Instagram post 2274178761317739301_1134410758 Anyone else sleeping in a bit without their morning commute? Well, Athena might be adjusting to a new little addition to the nest. TBD, but she does seem to be sitting higher and chicks are certainly more awkwardly-shaped (and fussier) nest-mates than eggs... Our gardeners are tending to their essential duties and keeping an eye out, so we will keep you updated. 📸: Bill J Boyd #thatsowlfornow #greathornedowls #bubo #morningsarehard
Instagram post 2273488897538711800_1134410758 Some cheer for you from the Botanist Garden with sunny Texas yellowstar (Lindheimera texana) and wooly globemallow (Sphaeralcea lindheimeri). Can you guess which prolific TX botanist they are named for?😀 #txwildflowers2020 #botanylovers #sunnygarden #flowersforyou #ourgardensyourhome
Instagram post 2272849785886352631_1134410758 Watch a movie 🎥 🍄, support the Center 💚! "Fantastic Fungi," an immersive cinematic journey into the magical earth beneath our feet, sold out when we showed it at the Center last fall. Now you can watch wherever you are beginning this Thurs., 3.26. When you purchase or rent using our special link (in 🍄highlighted story), the Wildflower Center receives 40% of sales revenue🌿🙌🏾! #fantasticfungi #stayhomestaysafe #rootandrise #moviesathome #streamingmovies #fungilove
Instagram post 2279205589396942468_1134410758 “Clearly, nature calls to something very deep in us. Biophilia, the love of nature and living things, is an essential part of the human condition. Hortophilia, the desire to interact with, manage and tend nature, is also deeply instilled in us. The role that nature plays in health and healing becomes even more critical for people working long days in windowless offices, for those living in city neighborhoods without access to green spaces, for children in city schools or for those in institutional settings such as nursing homes. The effects of nature’s qualities on health are not only spiritual and emotional but physical and neurological. I have no doubt that they reflect deep changes in the brain’s physiology, and perhaps even its structure.” -Oliver Sacks from The Healing Power of Gardens 🌿 We’re keeping the gardens & natural areas healthy & sharing the gifts of the season with you, wherever you are. And we promise that’s what we’ll continue to do. 📸: Prairie celestials (Nemastylis geminiflora) #ourgardensyourhome #prairieflowers #oliversacks #inournature #vitaminN #naturerx
Instagram post 2278536975454907503_1134410758 Center views for you! Lots of bluebonnets and phlox serving butterflies and bees along our Simmons Research Trail. What’s blooming or buzzing where you are? 👀 #trailside #springintexas #txwildflowers2020 #
Instagram post 2277103795728536667_1134410758 🕵🏾🌿It’s amazing what you can observe when you slow down, look all around, get close and stay curious. Wildflower photographers very often find that while a blossom catches our eye, our lens finds tiny friends and whole micro-ecosystems and stories unfolding within a square inch or less! This crab spider (Mecaphesa spp.) was spotted on rusty blackhaw viburnum (Viburnum rufidulum), likely waiting for a meal to come their way. Bonus: Check out an awesome story about ambush predators in today’s Story! #crabspider #thinksmall #littleworlds #viburnum #thomisidae #flowerspider
Instagram post 2276342576671287743_1134410758 It’s a Blue Monday and we’re ok with that. 💙🌿 How do you feel about Texas’ state flower? Any favorite bb facts? We’ll share ours in today’s Story, but you can find more bluebonnet trivia + wildflower resources & info about all our other iconic wildflowers at the link in our bio, wildflower.org/texas 📸: Lupinus texensis among our John Barr trail #txwildflowers2020 #texasbluebonnets #lupines #blueview
Instagram post 2274826890346097159_1134410758 Good morning from the gardens. If you have a breeze on your cheek or a patch of sky above you or something green and living to touch, that’s pretty lucky! If you can’t reach those things right now, send your mind here, take as many slow breaths as you like and know that you are a part of nature and that’s a beautiful thing. 🌿✨ 📸: Gardener Amy G. #ourgardensyourhome #natureisforeveryone #aperfectmorning
Instagram post 2274178761317739301_1134410758 Anyone else sleeping in a bit without their morning commute? Well, Athena might be adjusting to a new little addition to the nest. TBD, but she does seem to be sitting higher and chicks are certainly more awkwardly-shaped (and fussier) nest-mates than eggs... Our gardeners are tending to their essential duties and keeping an eye out, so we will keep you updated. 📸: Bill J Boyd #thatsowlfornow #greathornedowls #bubo #morningsarehard
Instagram post 2273488897538711800_1134410758 Some cheer for you from the Botanist Garden with sunny Texas yellowstar (Lindheimera texana) and wooly globemallow (Sphaeralcea lindheimeri). Can you guess which prolific TX botanist they are named for?😀 #txwildflowers2020 #botanylovers #sunnygarden #flowersforyou #ourgardensyourhome
Instagram post 2272849785886352631_1134410758 Watch a movie 🎥 🍄, support the Center 💚! "Fantastic Fungi," an immersive cinematic journey into the magical earth beneath our feet, sold out when we showed it at the Center last fall. Now you can watch wherever you are beginning this Thurs., 3.26. When you purchase or rent using our special link (in 🍄highlighted story), the Wildflower Center receives 40% of sales revenue🌿🙌🏾! #fantasticfungi #stayhomestaysafe #rootandrise #moviesathome #streamingmovies #fungilove

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