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.

Little (and big) kids can look forward to:

  • 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
  • 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

Wed 24


April 24 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
May 04

Milkweed Madness (NEW!)

May 4 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
May 05

Writing From a Bug’s-eye view

May 5 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Jun 03

Camp Wildflower

June 3 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Jun 06

Nature Nights: Arachnids & Insects

June 6 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


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
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


Explore natural areas on more than 2 miles of trails

Restoration Research

Seventy acres devoted to land management research