National Wildflower Week is scheduled for May 2 - 8, 2016
Across the nation, wildflowers growing beside highways, in gardens and elsewhere are valued for their natural beauty. And as Lady Bird Johnson once said, they “give us a sense of where we are in this great land of ours.” What better way to commemorate these beautiful features of our landscapes than getting outside or learning more about them?
During National Wildflower Week May 4 -10, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center offers guided walks in our lush gardens and at nature sites around Austin. We also provide on-site photo and educational opportunities for families. See the full schedule below, and learn more about ideas for celebrating this week across the country.
Why do wildflowers matter? Wildflowers and native plants help conserve water, reduce mowing costs, provide habitat for birds, butterflies and other wildlife and protect the soil from erosion. In addition, native plants can require fewer resources to maintain than plants that aren't native to a region. But many wildflowers nationally are in danger from habitat loss, invasive species and other factors. We hope you will enjoy participating in National Wildflower Week-related activities wherever you are and appreciate all that wildflowers have to offer.
Stay tuned for Wildflower Center activities for National Wildflower Week
Some fun ideas on how to participate during National Wildflower Week include:
Participate in a Local Event
Chances are, there is a wildflower event happening in your neighborhood. Visit our National Organizations Directory (http://www.wildflower.org/organizations/) to find a native plant society, conservation group, botanical garden or other plant-related organizations in your neck of the woods.
Wildflower Walks and Garden Visits
Explore for yourself. Bring a field guide. Visit a sanctuary, state or local park, national forest or refuge, public or private garden, and other locations to experience the joy and beauty of wildflowers.
Wildflower Beautification Projects
Introduce native wildflowers along roadsides, in parks, and around church, public, and private buildings. Request government and private support for such projects. Encourage local nurseries and garden centers to stock native plants and seeds.
The national forests, national parks, national wildlife refuges, grasslands, and millions of acres of public lands are trulyamerica's wildflower gardens. Celebrating Wildflowers' promotes the many programs featuring the important role that the Nation's public lands, over 630 million acres, play in providing diverse habitats for much ofamerica's flora. Visit http://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/index.shtml for more information.