This 4.5-acre garden opened in 2014 connects children and families to the natural world by providing more than a dozen interactive and educational features made of natural materials.

What You’ll Find:

  • A native shrub maze
  • Giant tree stumps to climb on and around
  • A walk-through Fibonacci spiral
  • Giant birds’ nests made from native grape vines
  • A grotto with caves and a picturesque waterfall
  • An open-air lending library with shaded seating
  • Math-themed hopscotch
  • A soft, picnic-ready lawn of native turfgrass
  • A child-sized wildlife blind
  • Limestone boulders with interactive “watering holes”
  • A flowing creek with dinosaur footprints and related water activities

And much more!

Upcoming Events


Family Garden Donors

This garden would not have been possible without these generous supporters.

Luci Baines Johnson and Ian Turpin
The Brown Foundation, Inc. of Houston Jeanie and Thomas Carter The Lynda and Chuck Robb Family
Ann Butler The Hobby Family Foundation Carolyn and Jack Long Mays Family Foundation T.L.L. Temple Foundation
Suzanne Deal Booth and David G. Booth The Tom and Edwina Johnson Family Foundation The Pine Foundation RGK Foundation Still Water Foundation Alice C. Tyler Perpetual Trust
Susan Conway and Jack Howell Shelby Cullom Davis Charitable Fund Nancy and Daniel Garrison Jordan Family Foundation Josie Knight The Maline and Dudley McCalla Family MFI Foundation Ann Moore Arnold & Marie Schwartz Fund for Ed. & Health Res. Brian and Debra Jones Shivers South Texas Money Management and Jeanie and Bill Wyatt Jessica and Greg Weaver Family and Friends of Jeff Wilson Winkler Family Foundation
Patti and Mike Abkowitz Janet and Wilson Allen Carole and Ken Bailey Margarine G. Geistweidt Beaman Ariane Beck and Eric Sebesta Teah and Tom Brannam Mickey Burleson Jennifer Carloye Theresa and Daniel Carroll Arlene Spivey Carter Glenda and James Cartwright Chris and William Caudill The Chandler Foundation, Inc. Mary Beth and Harvey Cody Jack and Joanne Crosby Luanne Kelly Cullen Hester J. Currens Dr. Griffin Davis Andrea DeLong-Amaya and David Mahler Mandy DeMayo and Grant Alvis Tara and Stacy Eastland James, Trisha, Lane, & Caitlin Elizondo Tyrrell Flawn and John Howe Mary Forbes and Gary Terrell Sherrie and Dr. Robert Frachtman Sharon Chapman Graham Tara and Jesse Greendyk Elizabeth and Gary Gunter Mary Hickok Minnie and Burnes Hollyman Jeffrey Howell Christine and Kevin Howell Dede and Brad Hull Kim and Bob Hutchings Darlene Irons Melanie and Charlie Jones Chris and Carole Bond Jordan In memory of Barbara R. Kettler Mike King and Joann McLaughlin Stephen and Gwen Kinney Martin and Heather Kohout The Kraskin Family The Kyba Family Doris and Huie Lamb Lily Landress LBJ Family Foundation Mr. and Mrs. Dana G. Leavitt Marybeth Weston Lobdell Sally and Dennis Loner Kathleen Mayo and John Kellam Mayo Nita Louise and Jack Mayo James and Claudia McDonald McDonald-Wilson-Corum Mary McKeown-Moak and Lynn Moak Mary Evelyn and Timothy S McNamara Lanelle Montgomery Diana and Ryan Myers Genevieve Brennan Nauman Diana Neely Sarah and Ross Perot, Jr. Foundation Sandra and Jack Peters Josephine Birkinesh Pitts Camille and Richard Raycraft Patrick L. and Charmaine Richardson Betty and E.A. Ripperger Alexandra and Paul Saenz Christopher Sanders and Hannah Temple Nancy W. Scanlan Patrice and J.B. Schexnayder Marika and Jonathan Schoolar Lesley and Joe Schriever Pete & Lyn Selig Alane and Doyle Simons Elizabeth C. B. and Paul G. Sittenfeld Winnie and Maynard Spitz Fritz and Anna Steiner Lisa Stokdyk Byron Tapley Geri and Bud Tease Ten Eyck Landscape Architects Steve and Barbara Stansfield Terry Saralee Tiede Rosario and Michael Tomme Ann and David Treadwell Mr. and Mrs. Robert E. Tucker, Jr. Suzanne Turner Associates, LLC Deacon and Piper Turner Damon and Sara Waitt Phyllis E. Webster and Edward J. Lawless, Jr. Sibyl and Kenneth Wells Bonnie B. Whiteis, Andrea W. Adams and Nora L. Eddings Laura Williams and Sara Minton Jajuan and Donald Wilson


The Wildflower Center is a national leader in the sustainable construction, installation and maintenance of its landscapes and buildings. We are committed to creating beautiful gardens and landscapes that are also ecologically functional and conserve resources.

So, the Center is more than “just a pretty place.” We showcase the beauty of native plants, but equally important, one of our goals is to create landscapes that provide environmental benefits. In fact, the we led the development of the SITES® landscape rating system in collaboration with the U.S. Botanic Garden and the American Society of Landscape Architects.

Some notable sustainable features:

  • 100% native plant gardens
  • 65,000-gallon rainwater harvesting system
  • Efficient, "smart," low flow landscape irrigation system
  • Use of local materials, harvested on site and nearby
  • Solar arrays for power generation


Click on the areas below to view the gardens and spaces before you arrive

Central Complex

Central Complex

Iconic buildings nestled among gardens welcome visitors and evoke a sense of place

Theme Gardens at sunrise

Central Gardens

Our original core gardens display native plants from across Texas in a variety of styles

Family garden watering hole

Family Garden

Connecting families with nature through interactive features

Texas Arboretum trees

Texas Arboretum

A classic arboretum featuring a diversity of Texas trees

Restoration Trail

Savanna Meadow

Take a hike and learn about karst landscapes and the Edwards Aquifer

Hill Country Trails

Seventy acres devoted to land management research