The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center's Library & Archive was established in 1982 – To assemble and disseminate information that will encourage the cultivation, conservation, and preservation of wildflowers and other native flora throughout North America. ” (Article III, National Wildflower Research Center bylaws).
The Wildflower Center maintains an archive with thousands of images, library volumes and other plant-related resources. In its early years, the Wildflower Center made this information available to the public through a mail order system called the Clearinghouse.
Today, this information is available online through the Native Plant Information Network and this Digital Library.
The Wildflower Center's Digital Library is a searchable collection of historical, cultural and landscape images from the Wildflower Centers archive. This archive can be searched by keyword or by advanced search. For plant images, please visit the Plant Image Gallery.
Special Library Collections
Lady Bird Legacy
The Texas Arboretum
Our library collection of over 2,300 volumes is searchable through the University of Texas Library Catalog (select Wildflower Center from the drop-down location menu). Library access is by appointment only. Please call 512-232-0200 to make arrangements.
The Library & Archive maintains a database of the original Wildflower Newsletter published quarterly from 1984 to 1998. The newsletters track the history of the Wildflower Center and includes letters from Lady Bird Johnson and other stories of cultural and historical significance.
Web Feature Archive
Each month we highlight something new and different on the home page of wildflower.org. Check out our current web features below or visit the Web Feature Archive.
Over the years the Wildflower Center has published numerouse brochures and other materials that are no longer in print. The Library & Archive makes these available for download as PDFs.
- PlantWise Brochure (English)
- PlantWise Brochure (Espanol)
- Map of Rainwater Collection System
- Ann and OJ Weber Butterfly Garden Brochure
- Ann and OJ Weber Butterfly Garden Trail Guide
- Guide to Native Trees and Shrubs
- Guide By Cell Audio Tour
- Birds at the National WIldflower Research Center
- Kid Power: First Bloom Edition
- Woody Plants Growing in the Natural Areas of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center (Keyed by leaf types) - coming soon
- Hill Country Trails Guide - coming soon