The University of Texas at Austin Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is dedicated to inspiring the conservation of native plants. As the Botanic Garden of Texas, the Center displays native plants from across the state in its gardens and arboretum and serves as a model for creating beautiful, sustainable landscapes.

The Center has guided the development of urban and rural landscapes across the U.S. that incorporate native prairies, green roofs, rainwater harvesting and other sustainable features. It operates Native Plants of North America, the most comprehensive online native plant resource, and has set aside millions of seeds from Texas native plants for future generations and restoration activities. In addition to educating children and adults about native plants and training citizen scientists to identify and report invasive species, the Center led the development of SITES®, a sustainable landscape rating system now used worldwide.


Our Mission

Inspiring the conservation of native plants


Lady Bird Johnson and Helen Hayes

Founded: 1982
Founders: Lady Bird Johnson and Helen Hayes
Location: Austin, Texas
Ecoregions: Edwards Plateau and Texas Blackland Prairies
Coordinates: 30.1854° N, 97.8705° W
Annual Operating Budget: $4.8 million


Bloom cart volunteers

11,458 members
annual guests
32,696 hours of volunteer service
54 staff


Bluestem Park prairie restoration, Ft. Worth

90,887 acres of landscapes impacted through Center projects
18,375 square feet of green roofs in urban areas
161,00 seeds collected from Texas ash trees threatened by the emerald ash borer
200,000 milkweed seeds collected for milkweed propagation
9,000 seeds from nectar plants for monarchs and other pollinators collected for the Texas Seed Bank
Seeds from 8 species vulnerable to extinction stockpiled
139 workshops held across Texas to train 3,163 citizen scientists to identify and report invasive plants
22,097 sightings of invasive plants reported to Texas Invasives program
invasive plant surveys provided for national parks
76 acres of plots for long-term research on prescribed fire
Founding developer of SITES®, the most comprehensive rating system for sustainable land design and development in the world
Developed SkySystem™ planting medium and Habiturf® native turfgrass mix

Gardens & Campus

Theme Gardens at sunset

284 acres of gardens, woodlands and savannas
Nearly 900 species of Texas native plants on-site
A 4.5-acre family garden devoted to nature play
More than 70 species of native Texas trees displayed in the 16-acre Texas Arboretum
60,000 plants grown annually in the nursery
1,800 insect species on-site, including 93 types of butterflies
More than 148 bird species and 15 mammals recorded
Sustainable features including green roofs, solar panels, local materials and a 68,500-gallon rainwater storage system

Education & Outreach

Children playing in Dinosaur Creek

419,020 total native Texas plants sold at plant sales
9,533 native plants and 57,925 plant images featured in the Native Plants of North America database
3.3 million website visitors
46,000 Facebook followers
10,600 Instagram followers
10,109 plant and garden questions answered online


Goldsmith Hall green wall

Legislative Designation (2017) – State Botanic Garden and Arboretum of Texas
Best of Campus Initiative, The University of Texas at Austin Sustainability Symposium (2016) – Goldsmith Hall Living Wall
Improving Water Quality (2nd Place, Individual Item), National Association of Flood & Stormwater Management Agencies (2016) – Blanco River Design Guidelines
Small Scale Residential Award, Green Roofs for Healthy Cities (2016) – Edgeland House
Program Excellence Award, American Public Gardens Association (2016) – Landscape For Life
Horticulture Magazine Award for Garden Excellence, American Public Gardens Association (2015) – Luci and Ian Family Garden
Texas Rain Catcher Award, Texas Water Development Board (2015) – Luci and Ian Family Garden rain capture system


Data current as of August 31, 2018

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Program Overview

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Our History

Our founding and development from 1982 to today

Lady Bird Johnson

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