The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is The University of Texas at Austin’s internationally recognized botanic garden dedicated to inspiring the conservation of native plants. Its gardens and arboretum display native plants from across Texas and serve as a model for creating beautiful, sustainable landscapes. The Center has guided the development of urban and rural landscapes that incorporate native prairies, green roofs, rainwater harvesting and other sustainable features. It operates one of North America’s largest online native plant resources and has set aside millions of seeds from Texas native plants for future generations. 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 comprehensive landscape rating system now used worldwide. In 2017, the Wildflower Center received the honorary designation by the Texas Legislature as the official state botanic garden and arboretum.


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 Blackland Prairie
Coordinates: 30.1854° N, 97.8705° W
Annual Operating Budget: $5 million


Bloom cart volunteers

748 volunteers
175,000 visitors
62 staff
11,608 members

Plant Conservation

Butterfly milkweed, Asclepias tuberosa

6 million seeds collected for the international Millennium Seed Bank project
161,000 seeds collected from Texas ash trees threatened by an invasive insect
Seeds from 8 species vulnerable to extinction stockpiled
19,900 sightings reported of aggressive, invasive plants or animals for Texas Invasives program
7 flora surveys provided to national parks


Goldsmith Hall green wall

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

Gardens & Landscapes

Theme Gardens at sunset

284 acres of gardens, woodlands and savannas
The only 100 percent native plant family garden in Texas
More than 800 species of Texas native plants on site, representing most Texas ecoregions
60,000 plants grown annually in the nursery
More than 70 species of native Texas trees displayed in the 16-acre Texas Arboretum
1,800 insect species on site, including 93 types of butterflies
148 bird species and 15 mammals recorded
Sustainable features include green roofs, solar panels and a 68,500-gallon rainwater storage system
SITES-certified Luci and Ian Family Garden (2-star)


Bluestem Park prairie restoration, Ft. Worth

161,00 seeds collected to date from Texas ash trees threatened by the emerald ash borer
200,000 milkweed seeds collected to date 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
120 workshops held across Texas to train citizen scientists to identify and report invasive plants
20,400 sightings of invasive plants or animals reported to Texas Invasives program to date
invasive plant surveys provided for national parks
90,410 acres of landscapes impacted through Center projects to date
76 acres of plots for long-term research on prescribed fire
12 simulated vegetated roofs studied to develop native green roofs for hot climates
Founding developer of SITES®, the most comprehensive landscape rating system in the U.S.
Developed SkySystem™ planting medium and Habiturf® native turfgrass mix

Education & Outreach

Children playing in Dinosaur Creek

384,886 native Texas plants sold at plant sales to date
9,400+ native plants featured in North America’s largest native plant database
3.3 million website visitors
2,845 Texans trained as citizen scientists to identify and report invasive plants across to date
10,109 questions answered by Mr. Smarty Plants to date

Compiled with data from September 1, 2015 – August 31, 2016 unless listed as “to date.”

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Our History

Our founding and development form 1982 to today

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