Magazine Category Archive
A Place and a Promise - Reflections on our past, present and future
The Underworld of Aquatic Arteries - The crucial life and livelihood of what lies beneath
Buzzworthy - Bigger isn’t always better — especially if you’re a bee trying to survive climate change
Beauty on the Balcony - Apartment dwellers can plant Texas natives, too
Don’t Look Down - Women arborists are scaling new heights
Plant Picks – Blankets of Color - A roundup of some of our favorite blanketflower blooms
What’s in a Name? - On blankets, firewheels and "Indians"
A Different Light - Seeing wildflowers in a new way — thanks to pollinators and inventive photographers
Grounded - On being in place and acknowledging what came before
Travel Agents - How seeds drop, fly, ride and float their way to new soils
Reflections and Reclamation - Black Botanists Week recognizes a long legacy — and embraces a growing future
Legume Room - A quick guide to some easy-to-confuse members of the pea family
In the Canopies - Treehouses facilitate play, creativity and connection to nature
Centered: Fall/Winter 2021 - The latest on our gardens and our work
The Life Below - The unseen and very important work of plant roots
Pull It or Plant It: Prickly Pear - A lively debate about Texas' state plant
For the Love of Sunflowers - The many reasons sunflowers are a native garden must-have
Reading the Rings - What dendrochronology can tell us about sunspots, jet streams, pirates and gardening
The Influencers - Acknowledging the impact of Black women on American horticulture
To Witness Water - How self-care could impact urban design and water conservation
Owls About Texas - A quick guide to some common Texas owls
An Urban Getaway - Discovering the unexpected joy of wandering in lockdown
Old Brides’ Tales - Debunking a popular myth about our state flower
Pull It or Plant It: Passionflower - A spirited (internal) debate about passionflowers
Tanks-giving - Stock tank water gardens are oases for wildlife — and you!
Alpine Inspiration - A love letter to a small native plant that thrives in high, icy places
Centered: Spring/Summer 2021 - The latest on our gardens and our work
A Natural Calling - Native plants in mosaic habitats bring birds to the Mission Reach
Plant Some Rubber - An unassuming native shrub could change the future
Born to Rock - Lithophilic plants don’t need no stinking soil, and don’t call them cute either
Falling Water, Thriving Plants - A famous Frank Lloyd Wright site embraces native landscapes
The Bees’ Needs - Creating habitat for native bees is as easy as one, two, three
Bloom, Set, Match - What draws certain pollinators to particular plants
Burns Into Boons - The phoenixlike adaptations of native plants
Planted - The challenge of finding one’s place and growing in it
Pull It or Plant It: Inland Sea Oats - A lively debate about inland sea oats
Centered: Fall/Winter 2020 - Center news that's close to home
Off-Center: Fall/Winter 2020 - News from outside the garden gate
Field Guided - Native plants and the local landscape in Texas art
Living Space - Native habitat gardens provide for birds, pollinators and people
Still Life - Drawing nature to soothe the inflamed mind
Plant and Parcel - Get growing with a versatile, portable container garden
Pull It or Plant It: American Century Plant - A lively debate about American century plant
Pet Prairies - Searching for native prairie remnants could be your new favorite pastime
A Sensory Journey - The joy of a green urban oasis and the invitation to explore
Science Spotlight: Dr. Suzanne Simard - Unearthing the wood wide web
Magic Mushrooms - Exploring a beautiful, million-years-long relationship
Centered: Spring/Summer 2020 - Center news that's close to home
Off-Center: Spring/Summer 2020 - News from outside the garden gate
Familiar Frogs and a Quotidian Toad - Meet four common members of the order Anura
Higher Ground - Texas is home to a treasured, psychotropic native plant
Sunflower Squad Goals - Teamwork among Helianthus species gives hope for the future
By Land and Leaf - Wayfinding the old-fashioned way
Crowdsourcing Conservation - How one determined botanist is teaming up and heading out
Blooms of a Different Hue - When nature gets novel, we pay attention
The Cricket Connection - Native plants and crickets are essential to healthy cave ecosystems
Giants Among Us - The magnitude and peace of a big, big tree
Developmental Danger - Dissecting the "urban" in disturbance
Pull It or Plant It: Frostweed - A friendly (but opinionated!) debate about frostweed
Here There Be Dangers - How flowers set the table for certain creatures
Love Letters - A group of conservation biologists is spreading the plant love
Grounds for Play - Nature play lets parents chill and kids lead
Walking Nearby Waters - Restoring watersheds and, in the process, people
You Only Bloom Once … Or Twice … Or More - The lives and times of annual and perennial plants
With Botany and Two Burros - An intrepid, early botanist still inspires today
New Plant on the Block - The saga of an uncommon morning-glory
Pull It or Plant It: Greenbriar - A friendly (but opinionated!) debate about greenbriar
Walking the Rails - Connecting over plants and photography on the High Line
Lounging Lizards - A quick guide to three common Central Texas lizards
Poison Ivy … or Not? - A hands-off poison ivy primer
Plant a Kiss - Fun facts and historical lore about mistletoe
The Go-Getters - This clutch of inspirational young people is acting with the future in mind
Natural Partners - Texas native plants and their animal compadres
Fetching Foliage - The science behind autumnal beauty
Naked and Nameless - A trip down the Brazos River under some good advice
Taming the Wild - The why and how of cutting back perennial plants
Fort Hood’s Native Plant Brigade - A tale of people (and pollinators) connecting over plants
In the Doing of It - What we can learn from the love and loss of a landscape
Pull It or Plant It: Mustang Grape - A hilarious debate about mustang grape
Heavenly Hellstrips - Liven up urban verges with tough-as-nails native plants
Stay Grassy - A quick guide to four common native grasses
Home, Regrown - The plant side of Houston's Hurricane Harvey story
Botanizing on the Banks - Spring fieldwork along the Texas border
Hello, My Name Is Monarda - Get to know five species of this noteworthy native plant
Nature Redux - It’s never too late to become a Junior Ranger
Pull It or Plant It: Horseherb - A friendly (but opinionated) debate about horseherb
Befuddling Fruits - Drupes, achenes, nuts and follicles — what the heck’s the difference?
Open Swim - Endangered species of the Comal get a habitat makeover
A String of Pearls - Little pieces of urban monarch habitat add up to a lot
Under the Same Moon - Finding home in landscape
In the Flesh - Meet eight people who've made a lifelong commitment to native plants
Adrift on a Desert Sea - A trip to Texas’ Guadalupe Mountains takes us back — and forward — in time
A Cave Called Home - Bats belong in Texas Hill Country
Survival Guide - Rancho Lomitas’ Benito Treviño gives new meaning to living off the land
Living Proof - Trees on university campuses across Texas offer oases for people and wildlife
Pull It or Plant It: Hackberry - A friendly (but opinionated) debate about hackberries
Sway Your HOA - Follow this advice and increase sustainability in your own neighborhood
Business Is Blooming - All about nectar — nature's sweetest sales pitch
Dragons and Damsels - A handy guide to telling these lacy-winged fliers apart
Public Enemy - Get to know cedar (Ashe juniper) as more than something to loathe
Get Centered - The Wildflower Center has plenty of options to start your new year off right
Under a Winter Spell - Winter came and went just in time for the opening night of Luminations
Querc-y Characters - A quick guide to four common Central Texas oaks
America’s Next Top Model - The future of native grasslands — and water — depends on emulating the past
The Dispossessed - For ocelots in Texas, native shrubland is the stuff dreams are made of
Coming Home - One man learns to see nature for the first time, again
Beautiful Mutants - Fasciation is a beautiful and oft-coveted genetic abnormality
Natural Accents - Texas ecoregions speak in terms of amazing diversity
Bluebells and Bunnies - A beloved artist and author shared her favorite native plants with the world
Don’t Fear the Reaping - Prickly pears’ versatile spoils are worth the effort
A Vast Domain - A sacred butterfly connects land and people across a border
Plant Priority - Parklets provide unexpected space for native plants in cities
Monarch vs. Queen - A few tips for discerning between the look-alike caterpillars and adults of monarchs and queens
Time for a Close-up - Looking closer at nature reaps great rewards
Novel Ideas - Center Environmental Designer John Hart Asher weighs in on Emma Marris’ “Rambunctious Garden”
Mad About Mallows - We’re head over heels (or blossoms over roots) for mallows
Natural Disaster - Sometimes it’s the little things (we dislike) that bring us together
Connect the Plots - The 30-mile Violet Crown Trail will lead to the Wildflower Center and beyond
The Frost Below - With nicknames inspired by the comestible to the architectural, one thing is sure: Frostweed fascinates
American Beauty - This purple-berried shrub is really popular. Here’s why.
Just the Thicket - Suckering shrubs may be the best garden friend you didn't know you had
Wild Winterland - Winter is one of the most subtly beautiful times to visit the Wildflower Center
Deep Sweep - Native plants still play an important part in American broom making
Find Your Roots (and Eat Them!) - Delve into the place-making power of edible native plants.
Nature Speaks Universally - Being in tune with nature makes the human experience complete
Witchery in the Garden - Explore the cultural connections between botany and sorcery
Texas’ Flagship Flora - Join us in celebrating the plants that spell T-E-X-A-S in stems, blooms, fruit, paddles and spines!
A Labor of Landscapes - An author and cartographer mash maps and stories to create a unique Texas conservation history
What’s the Buzz - An assistant professor reflects on a life's work inspired by pollinators and plants
Meet Your Seeds - Consumer awareness extends to the gardening aisle
It Takes a Landscape - Fall nectar plants could save monarchs
Wildflower Uprising - Prairie managers (and natural processes) help root for the underdog
The Green Goes Up - From a living wall to green roofs aplenty, urban flora in and around Austin is getting high
Making the Shade - Vines add romance to a garden and are practical workhorses too.
Edible Kingdom - Hyper-local food is Chef Jesse Griffiths' jam.
Fried and Joy - Don't let botanical browns get you down; there's a lot to celebrate in the late-summer garden.
Some Like It Hot - Desert plants find ingenious ways to adapt to their harsh environment.
Parks and Resuscitation - The battle against invasive plant species goes mobile and high-tech.
Be Like Lady Bird - Mrs. Johnson was an inspiring woman. Learn how you can be more like her.
Helping Plants Handle Summer Heat - Watering wisely helps greenery handle high temperatures.
Wildflower Center Makes Way for Ducklings - Watch nine black-bellied whistling ducklings on an adorable journey.
Walls Alive! UT Austin’s First Living Wall - The University of Texas at Austin debuts its first "living wall."
The Proof Is in the Prairie - Developers design with the environment in mind.
On the Restoration Research Trail - Discover how prescribed fire and mowing affect Wildflower Center landscapes.
On the Woodland Trail - The Woodland Trail offers variety and beauty, a sense of awe and a sense of peace.
On the John Barr Trail - Explore how seeds are naturally spread in their environment.
On the Savanna Meadow Trail - A bit of trail-inspired poetry for National Trails Day.
On the Arboretum Trail - Getting outside on a trail is like medicine. It’s not a luxury; it’s a requirement.
Flowers to the People - A roundup of state wildflowers in honor of National Wildflower Week.
A Life in Trees - In honor of Earth Day, an autobiographical ode to trees.
Life After Bluebonnets - If you need a little help getting over bluebonnets, look no further.
Honey Stop the Car: Wildflower Drives In Texas - Hit the road for wildflower shows
Bettering Badlands - Helping to create a landscape master plan at Badlands National Park.
Thinking Outside the Box(wood) - Well-chosen natives shine in formal designs too.
Coralroot Blooms in the Courtyard - Spring coralroot doesn’t have big showy blooms like its orchid relatives, but this fascinating plant is still worth a look.
Native Texan Puts Down More Roots - Nanette Whitten and her (literal) grass roots movement.
Having A Ball - William Niendorff sees a big future for ball moss.
Versatile Sedges - Adaptable sedges are a natural fit in sustainable landscapes.
Waller Creek Rising - An urban creek in Austin preps for a facelift.
Mission Possible - An update on San Antonio's Mission Reach restoration project.
Installing a Sky Garden - A sky garden grows atop a bathing pavilion in John Gaines Park.
Can Cities Save Nature? - Explore the opportunities and challenges of urban environmental design.
Taste of Place: Chile Pequin-Citrus Turkey - Native plants add zest to a tried-and-true holiday bird.
Taste of Place: Prickly Pear Cranberry Sauce - A holiday classic gets reinvented by way of native cactus.
Taste of Place: Spiced Pecans - Texas' state tree provides an edible bounty that goes beyond pie.
Taste of Place: Wild Onion and Chile Pequin Cornbread - Native chilies and wild onions make for a spicy, savory cornbread.
Taste of Place: Prickly Pear Margaritas - Brilliant pink prickly pear syrup adds color and tang to the well-known margarita.
Taste of Place: Persimmon Dessert Bars - Persimmons add an earthy twist to more familiar dessert recipes.
Taste of Place: Chile Pequin Vinegar - Chile pequin vinegar adds tangy spice and a touch of Texas to meals.
Taste of Place: Vegan Wild Onion and Tuber Stew(s) - We boldly went where very few chefs have gone before ... to the table with winecup tubers.
Skip the Bird Feeder - Studies show that birds prefer native plants over bird feeders.
Sowing Oaks - Wildflower Center experts collect acorns to plant in the Texas Arboretum
Wild About Monarchs - Center supports migrating butterflies by growing and sharing milkweed.
Acts of Beauty - Mrs. Johnson is widely remembered as the environmental first lady for good reason.
Seeds of Change - Center volunteers and ecologists conserve seeds for a Central Austin development.
Texas Roadsides Deserve Better - A Wildflower Center director urges us to respect and reinforce “Lady Bird’s Bill."
The Scenic Route - Roadsides provide critical habitat for pollinators.
Sunny Days - Sunflowers light up landscapes and provide for wildlife
How Succulent! - Succulents are naturals in the native dry garden.
Striking the First Blow - Plant experts help remove a toxic invasive.
Growing Dry - Dry gardens can be surprisingly lush. Learn how.
Six Powerhouse Native Grasses - Don't overlook our beautiful and ecologically important North American native grasses.
Taste of Place: Pickling Devil’s Claw - Embrace the taste of summer in Central Texas; get into a pickle with devil's claw.
Join the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge - Are you up to the challenge?
Forging a Prairie Alliance - A new prairie park in Fort Worth demonstrates the power of native plants and teamwork.
Flower Power - Silphiums are hardy plants of the prairie and gardens.
Getting the Wildflower Show on the Road - Collene Sweeney and the Texas license plate she illustrated in support of wildflowers.
10 Wildflowers That Wow - Ten wildflowers that wow in celebration of National Wildflower Week.
Dining With the Enemy - If you can't beat invasive species, eat 'em.
Make a Pocket Prairie - Tips on how to make a small prairie in your garden.
Early Bloomers - Look to early bloomers for the answer.
Creature Comfort - Meeting the little things that run our gardens.
On the Rocks - Could Texas Hill Country plants adorn future skyscraper roofs?
Taking Heart - What’s in store for your February garden.
Cedar Fever Starts Here - Meet the juniper microstrobilus or "cone" — the place where it all begins.
Spruce It Up - Native plants make the holidays even brighter.
Urban Forests - Compared to their rural siblings, urban trees live complex lives.
For the Birds - Winter is hard on birds, but there is much we can do to help.
Black Gold - Last week’s “burn week" was the largest prescribed burn in the Wildflower Center’s history: 61 acres ablaze in two days.
Every Yard Counts - How one yard changed the block — and how yours can too.