The mission of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is to conserve, restore and create healthy landscapes.
Penstemons are in their prime & parading their perfect posture + pulchritudinous pink petals all around the gardens. 📸: gardner Karen Beaty https://t.co/HkCIEVndLa
Let’s get a change of perspective from the Observation Tower! All is well in the Savanna Meadow below while claret cup cactus (Echinocereus triglochidiatus) and prairie fleabane (Erigeron strigosus) kiss the sky up high. 📸: gardener Leslie Uppinghouse https://t.co/aZlITeqYSk
Susan, our wonder-working propagation specialist, shared some 💕🌿 📸 from her 🏠 garden. “I am really loving the quiet and the morning light in my own yard. The very little traffic noise. Sound of wind in the trees. Calls of wrens cardinals blue jays & red-shouldered hawks…” https://t.co/XyXnxzhS1K
It’s amazing what you can observe when you slow down, look all around, get close & stay curious. This crab #spider (Mecaphesa spp.) was spotted on rusty blackhaw viburnum (Viburnum rufidulum), likely waiting for a meal to come their way. https://t.co/AhNFcUHDZh
Ready to have your mind blued?😆 We answered such burning #bluebonnet questions as what IS a bluebonnet? Why do we see big fields of them along the road? Are BBs just pretty, or are they doing good stuff for the ecosystem too? How do I grow them?! #Texas wildflower.org/bluebonnet-faq
Anyone else sleeping in a bit w/o their morning commute? Athena might be adjusting to a new little addition to the nest. TBD, but she does seem to be sitting higher, & chicks are certainly more awkwardly-shaped (+ fussier) nest-mates than eggs... 📸:Bill J Boyd #greathornedowl https://t.co/4HrLRGNg9M
Some cheer for you from the Botanist Garden with sunny Texas yellowstar (Lindheimera texana) and wooly globemallow (Sphaeralcea lindheimeri). Can you guess which prolific #Texas #botanist they are named for?😀 https://t.co/9cam6OoNMR
Watch a movie 🎥 🍄, support the Center 💚! Stream "Fantastic Fungi," & journey into the magical earth beneath us. Watch wherever you are beginning Thurs., 3.26. Purchase or rent using our special link & the Center receives 40% of the funds! vimeo.com/ondemand/ladyb…
RT @Rosenberg_Lib: Reading helps your mind bloom! 🌷 Now is the perfect time to head outside & identify some wildflowers! The @WildflowerCtr
Check out this fun Wildflower Bingo from @GSCTXcouncil and bonus points for tagging us in photos of any boxes you check off! (Also, bonus points for native plants 😃) twitter.com/GSCTXcouncil/s…
Gen. early April = peak #bluebonnet (Lupinus texensis) in Central #Texas. We're seeing healthy crops of BBs on site & we'll see even more lupines across Cntrl TX in the next couple weeks. This photo is from yesterday @ the Center. How'r the flowers in looking in your 'hood? https://t.co/tbrF7dmjZb
RT @CTXWoodlands: This time of year, it is common to encounter turtles crossing the road. Many of these will be females looking for a good…
They are getting a little freshening from the spring weather, but do you know this little patch of purple coneflower (Echinacea purpurea) in the Edible Garden has been hanging in there all through fall and winter? That’s perseverance, y’all. https://t.co/dQI9FegAIQ
Monday brunch? Feast your eyes on one of the season’s less iconic wildflowers. Scrambled eggs (Corydalis curvisiliqua) has 4 petals: 2 outer + 2 inner. One petal has a short, saclike spur at the base, giving the fun flower its far-out appearance. Vegan? Call it curvepod! https://t.co/rcOrueveZp
Here is your Wildflower Center bluebonnet (Lupinus texensis) update! Beautiful blooms on our Texas Arboretum just yesterday. Cheerful bonus: those rainbow colored tree cages our staff have lovingly installed, up-cycled from the very first #Fortlandia 🌈🌿 https://t.co/wL3utiuMgF
Join gardener Amy G. in our Family Garden to hear about huisache (Vachellia farnesiana), one of our beautiful drought-tolerant native plants, and why we love it – from its sunny pom-pom flowers to its lovely canopy shape. 2 min vid: youtu.be/aEWvA8D0PCI
While we don't presently have daily pics of Athena, many of you want to know she's ok. She is! And not minding the peace & quiet. Here's a photo by Billy J Boyd of our great horned goddess from 3.19.19. It's pretty spot on. That's owl for now - y'all keep your feathers clean. https://t.co/X72Si05c1p
Our hort staff members are still hard at work keeping the gardens healthy. They’re working at a safe distance apart and we’re pretty sure they’re taking the opportunity to sing to the flowers😁. What song would you serenade this false gromwell with? 📸:gardener Melissa K. https://t.co/9yc2YLG8jF
Spring marches on and we will continue to broadcast her blooms and beauty. These Texas baby blue eyes (Nemophila phacelioides) were captured by @kanokwalee last week at the Center. Do you see any of these pearl-petaled peepers peering up in your area? Show us! https://t.co/U0jZ2Ryoze
To further protect the health and well-being of our staff, volunteers and guests, the Wildflower Center is now closed to the public. We will reopen if the situation allows on Tuesday, March 31. For details and updates, please visit wildflower.org.
RT @TPWDnews: Looking for things to do with your kids? Explore nature with this kid-safe free app from #iNaturalist inaturalist.org/pages/seek_app
Planning a visit to see the spring blooms in the gardens and along our trails? You can now purchase your tickets online to save time and help us adhere to social distancing recommendations. Members, just show us your card! wildflower.org/visit
The health and well-being of our guests, volunteers & staff is of paramount importance. At this time, the Wildflower Center remains open to guests. We hope the Center, w/ wildflowers in bloom and peaceful trails, can be a place of respite for you to recharge & connect w/nature. https://t.co/QUevf8qDmO
“Even a wounded world holds us, giving us moments of wonder and joy. I choose joy over despair. Not because I have my head in the sand, but because joy is what the earth gives me daily and I must return the gift.” - Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass 📸coral honeysuckle https://t.co/LghDkWScQR
If you have to look at your phone, at least plant some fresh wildflowers in your feed! Following our Instagram acct Texas Wildflower Watch so you don't miss a bloom. And tag your current TX wildflower photos w/#txwildflowers2020 + geotag so we can share! instagram.com/texaswildflowe… https://t.co/Wbv2YyQ9Mk
If you're in Instagram and don't want to miss all these #texas #wildflowers, follow our account, Texas Wildflower Watch, pronto! Tag your own current TX wildflower photos with #TXwildflowers2020 and be sure to geotag or state the location. FOLLOW: instagram.com/texaswildflowe… https://t.co/9Go16NWXpW
If you're in Instagram and don't ant to miss all these #texas #wildflowers, follow our account, Texas Wildflower Watch, pronto! Tag your own current TX wildflower photos with #TXwildflowers2020 and be sure to geotag or state the location. FOLLOW: instagram.com/texaswildflowe… https://t.co/mD6AA6sazx
This is a beautiful video capturing some of the early spring blooms and pollinators at the Center. Thanks for sharing, @JayJayasuriya ✨🌿 twitter.com/JayJayasuriya/…
RT @hmns: It's that time again. Check out this handy FAQ about the legendary Texas bluebonnet from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.…
If your committee hasn't planned a meeting or retreat at the Wildflower Center, maybe it's time to talk to your committee. Love these photos from @US_Protocol having a truly Texan time while taking care of business. twitter.com/US_Protocol/st…
A true Texan, Goldeneye #phlox (Phlox roemeriana) is endemic on the Edwards Plateau and adjacent High Plains of the state. That means it only naturally occurs here. It prefers the region’s rocky dry soils and well-drained limestones and needs little water. #Texas #flora https://t.co/3Fy4OIFeKs
📸@LBJLibrary photo by Yoichi Okamoto
200+ environmental laws were passed during the Johnson Admin, many influenced by Mrs. Johnson's work, incl. Wilderness Act of 1964, Land & Water Conservation Fund, Wild & Scenic Rivers Program, 1965 Highway Beautification Act+ many additions to the National Park system. #IWD2020 https://t.co/to7TqyTs1s
📸: @LBJLibrary photo by Yoichi Okamoto
200+ environmental laws were passed during the Johnson Admin, many influenced by Mrs. Johnson's work, incl. Wilderness Act of 1964, the Land & Water Conservation Fund, Wild & Scenic Rivers Program, 1965 Highway Beautification Act + many additions to the National Park system. https://t.co/G3CQBo5NWt
Lady Bird Johnson worked tirelessly for the preservation of wild landscapes & the environment. In 1982, she established the Wildflower Center to ensure the conservation of native plants & wildflowers. Happy International Women’s Day! 📸: Frank Wolfe & @LBJLibrary https://t.co/bn7mIADlx5
Hyalophora cecropia silkmoths are springing from their cocoons! This one is drying + expanding their new wings before setting out to find a mate. They’ll have ≈ 2 weeks as an adult to procreate before completing their lifecycle. 📸: Amy Gallloway — cecropia on Prunus mexicana https://t.co/vVGEjNfZHJ
The windflower’s genus, Anemone, stems from the Greek word meaning “daughter of the wind.” Anemone berlandieri, shown here, is among the early spring bloomers we see in the garden beds & along the Arboretum trail. The flower's sepals are greenish white to purplish blue. https://t.co/iXS7Awi2yN
A few #bluebonnets (Lupinus texensis) are showing off at the Center, and we expect to see many more March to April. It isn't peak bloom yet – recent and future cold snaps might keep #TX #wildflowers on their usual track (we'll keep you posted). We predict an overall good season! https://t.co/UdUxrEgPRE
RT @CM_Austin: Design a secret hideout! @WildflowerCtr is accepting proposals for Fortlandia 2020, an outdoor exhibit of explorable forts.…
RT @raisingaustin: Signs of spring are happening, but will it be a WOW wildflower season or a MEH one? @WildflowerCtr https://t.co/4FD4Tiy…
Spiderwort (Tradescantia gigantea) is making a show of blooming near our courtyard & café. The plant gen. stands 1-3' tall but can bloom just inches from the ground, and those 3 pretty petals come in hues of white, pink, blue, purple & violet. #nativeplants https://t.co/bE6YFu52LR
We expect a busy wknd + spring & whenever possible we'll have a docent present to help visitors spot Athena w/binoculars & learn some great-horned facts. We ask that everyone greet our ambassador owl respectfully by keeping voices low + feet planted on the walkway.📸: Bill J Boyd https://t.co/X0LcI11YU1
 
bring Hank — even muggle parents can find some magic in nature ✨🦉
Athena's back! Our resident great horned owl (Bubo virginianus) has again gifted us w/her presence by choosing the Center as her spring nesting site. She's Perched in a high-up planter across from our Wetland Pond & sitting high, meaning there’s likely an egg(s) in the equation! https://t.co/cHxFrd8o6e
“I truly believe each one of us — with our potted plants or small backyards — we can be an island to getting our native plants back out there." - Minnette Marr, Wildflower Cener Conservation Program Manager dailytrib.com/2020/02/19/sav…
“Spring passes and one remembers one's innocence. Summer passes and one remembers one's exuberance. Autumn passes and one remembers one's reverence. Winter passes and one remembers one's perseverance.” ― Yoko Ono, Season of Glass 📸: Agarita (Mahonia trifoliolata) https://t.co/mbqKF5LdJv
Join us this Saturday for Austin Cave Festival, a FREE and family-friendly (but all ages) event with immersive hands-on activities, cave explorations, a cave simulator, science and adventure presentations, live music, & more. Details here: wildflower.org/event/austin-c… https://t.co/1QxLaf1bCF
You know it’s about to be spring in Central Texas when nature starts throwing elbows! This time of year elbow bush (Forestiera pubescens) starts popping with small, alienesque yellow petals. Read more about the species: wildflower.org/plants/result.… https://t.co/7Jd0Q2SPX6
May your Monday have wings! 📸: Eastern black swallowtail (Papilio polyxenes) on just-blooming prairie verbena (Glandularia bipinnatifida) by Bill J Boyd https://t.co/l1FHrMCpSl
This cedar waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) may look like a bandit, but they don’t have to steal! The Center’s native plants – like the fruit-loaded possumhaw holly (Ilex decidua) – and clean water sources belong to all our resident and visiting wildlife. 📸 Bill J Boyd https://t.co/ZV0j1l7X4F
Votes are tallied & the 2019-20 #Fortlandia People's Choice Award goes to Fairy Pavilion, designed by local artist James Edward Talbot. Made of repurposed lumber & Ashe juniper wood, w/ a roof of flattened aluminum cans (think 🐉 scales), this #fort charmed us all ✨. #natureplay https://t.co/7PwWwc2JiV
This ☀️on a ⛈day is 4-nerve #daisy (Tetraneuris scaposa), a reliable bloomer displaying cheery ray flowers all year if conditions are right. These dependable daisies prefer dry plains & sunny, rocky hillsides. Get close to see their cute 3-toothed petals + namesake dark veins. https://t.co/0kK4OH2l9k
Frosty morning in #ATX! 📸: Bill J Boyd https://t.co/w7g5ujTDjS
We've been saying it for a while: Fire makes flowers! Speaking of, a prescribed burn is planned on Wildflower Center land tomorrow. This burn is away from public areas and should not result in any trail closures. #RXfire nytimes.com/2020/01/27/sci…
Hold onto your blossoms — it’s going to be a cold one! 📸: Mexican plum (Prunus mexicana) #atxweather #txwildflowers2020 https://t.co/JRBGXyBEYo
Feb. is Member Appreciation Month at the Wildflower Center, and we're handing you a bouquet of benefits, FREEbies, giveaways, special treats and exclusive tours. See it all here: wildflower.org/members https://t.co/pKm9cVTQ27
Hey, you? You do email? We do too! Be the first to know about new events, classes, camp registration and all that jazz, PLUS get our monthly "What's in Season" feature with two native stunners to know and grow. Sign up: eepurl.com/be7nYv https://t.co/9tcHgrg4HA
A sunny & sweet “Happy New Month!” from Feb💛bloomers, golden grounsel (Packera obovata). Find these petite, cheerful bouquets at the base of the Tower and throughout the Inspiration Gardens at the Center. https://t.co/20fY5WfVtg
RT @LLeslie: At the @WildflowerCtr Book Fair from 9 am to 2 pm. Come join for books, readings, and nature! #ATX https://t.co/0VEAx15qaZ
Sat & Sun, 9a - 2p we’ll hold our biannual Children’s Book Fair where you can meet TX authors & illustrators, sit in for story times, get crafty with activities + spend time together outdoors. This temp mural by @NicolaGell is a really fun photo spot at the book fair! https://t.co/WYc9dkoJts
Havard #agave (Agave havardiana) is an ever(blue)green subshrub that casts a cool cyanic hue straight at your eye cones, adding interest to any #landscape, any time of year. On grey winter days, their ample toothy leaves spill over umber ground cover & pop against golden grasses. https://t.co/ULmmCdwuTi
2/2 ... The Wildflower Center will consult on ecosystem restoration for this project. "The improvements will incorporate design features to establish a stable, natural channel that will support a sustainable eco-system and reduce maintenance requirements." bit.ly/36lOJjB
1/2 "In addition to flood mitigation, [@CityofSanMarcos] saw an opportunity to improve the quality of the water entering the San Marcos River and create sustainable, multi-use trails for the public through [the Purgatory Creek Channel Improvements] project." Center ecologists...
Only a couple more days to cross #Fortlandia off your 2020 bucket list unless you want to wait until fall! This weekend is the last chance to see the 10 amazing, original forts from our 2019-2020 designers. do512family.com/austin-family-…
If you need a laugh as we barrel into wildflower season, check out this high-speed, L-O-L wildflower guide from friend of the Center and Wildflower mag contributor, @helzerprairie 🤣🌻🚗 twitter.com/helzerprairie/…
If you need a laugh as we barrel into wildflower season, check out this high-speed, L-O-L wildflower guide from friend of the Center and Wildflower mag contributor, @helzerprairie 🤣🌻🚗: prairieecologist.com/2020/01/13/fin…
Ready to celebrate TX trees w/climbing, walks & talks, fun games, a native tree sale & s'mores around the fire? @Studio512tv chatted w/us about Winter Tree Fest (this Sat., 11a-4p)! It's also the last weekend to check out #Fortlandia. Tree you there! bit.ly/2RgnYsF
Wed. 1.22 at the Center (FREE)! @nerdniteaustin & @austintexasgov Cave Festival are teaming up for some talks about ATX's underground world: Geology & groundwater chemistry, new salamander research, + cavers (those sweet but sometimes smelly scouts). wildflower.org/event/nerd-nit…
RT @Do512Family: There's only one week left to check out #Fortlandia at the Lady Bird Johnson @WildflowerCtr! Hurry over for some playtime…
Only one more week to check out Fortlandia at the Center! Friend of the Center Pam Pennick did a sweet little write up so you can tour from home or get motivated to come on out: penick.net/digging/?p=690…
#Fortlandia Friday! Flitch Fort by @hatchworkshop is cut all from one slab of timber & invites explorers to observe the tree unfolded. Sit inside & let the its story wrap around you, or hang on the bars in-between and imagine swinging from the branches of the canopy! https://t.co/k354cfAu0M
RT @Do512Family: Climb trees, make s'mores, play in giant forts, go on a scavenger hunt -- and more! Plan to play all day at the Winter Tre…
[2/2] "...buffalo grass, blue grama, Texas grama, curly mesquite and poverty dropseed, this Habiturf is available to plant in your own yard, and you can purchase it at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, or from Douglas King Seeds." -Laura W. Bush bit.ly/2sr9UTw
[1/2] "The George W. Bush Presidential Center...sits on a 15-acre native prairie park that features the natural environment of our home state...With the assistance of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, we developed a mixture of five Texas native grasses for our lawn..."
If you’re feeling blue about the #atxweather, just know that the #wildflower bbs will be happier & healthier for it 🌧️🌿 📸#bluebonnets (Lupinus texensis) https://t.co/MUk2NydwwK
This is a very social roadrunner in our Arboretum. Thanks for saying hello and sharing! For any of our guests who see this fast friend & other wildlife, please be respectful, give some space & refrain from feeding the animals. It's a great opp. to teach kiddos nature etiquette! twitter.com/RolfStraubhaar…
RT @PublicGardens: Member of the Day | Native Plant Center | Valhalla, NY The Native Plant Center at @sunywcc was the first national affili…
TGIFortlandia! Inspired by rolling hills of bluebonnets, @atxoutdoordsn 's Hamaca de Flores is for activity + rest. Lounge & appreciate the canopy & landscape. Many nets grid around an oak that was likely made horizontal by a tornado decades ago. 📸: Ann Alva Weiding #fortlandia https://t.co/3e44YB6D7F
RT @KeepTexasGreen: #throwbackthursday After the devastating 2011 Bastrop fire, @UTCEC helped plant seedlings grown by students (and with #…
We'll hold our thoughts on the act of roadside tree decorating for next year, but for now you can help the cleanup effort to remove debris and litter with @KAB_Austin this weekend along 360. givepulse.com/event/149027-C… https://t.co/ULcgOG9T4g
RT @UTSOA: One of the forts on display @WildflowerCtr "Hidden in Plain Sight" by Nelsen Partners, was recently featured in @ArchDaily! Ther…
This time of year, while pollen's doing the talking, we like to bring a bit of balanced perspective to the field. So pop in some eye drops & read on about why Ashe juniper (AKA cedar) is more than just the allergy-inducing villain it gets made out to be. wildflower.org/magazine/nativ…
Virginia creeper (Parthenocissus quinquefolia) is a showy, skilled climber. It flaunts sensational seasonal looks up & down our Observation Tower all year: blueish berry (winter), flashy foliage (fall) + bee-candy blossoms (spring). It also makes a fab groundcover in the shade. https://t.co/F2OkdUlxjU
Looking for a new, meaningful commitment in the new year? If you love people, plants, answering questions, sharing knowledge & spending time outdoors, join us as a volunteer docent! This training is only offered once every 2 yrs. 4 classes, beg. Sat 1.11: wildflower.org/event/docent-t…
When you visit #Fortlandia, pick up a Passfort field guide w/fun, creative prompts & spaces for doodles + observations. It’s a great way to spend time together (or solo for older kiddos & adults!), observe nature & see the exhibit a whole new way. It’s also a really fun souvenir! https://t.co/3mDtkUKYP3
What are your native plant/gardening goals for 2020? Provide for pollinators? Start a container garden? Plant a tree? Learn more ID? Edible garden? Learn about foraging? More walks outdoors? We’d love to hear! https://t.co/WpbPY7PaPa
Florapods by Beck Group recall our plush friends of yesteryear; perhaps something unwrapped this season. Composed of sturdy plywood egg-crate structures layered with synthetic turf fur, these big softies are climbable, huggable & ready to be part of your #Fortlandia adventure. https://t.co/L9rXEUq5aA
“And I think that to one in sympathy with nature, each season, in its turn, seems the loveliest.” – Mark Twain  We're wishing you the loveliest of seasons! 📸: Wild poinsettia (Euphorbia cyanthophora) https://t.co/K3GILkVaDI
Mistletoe, native to N. America — is best known as a decoration hung to trap passers-under in an obligatory kissing (or just standing awkwardly & blushing) situation. But there’s a lot more to this semiparasitic tree hugger. wildflower.org/magazine/nativ…
Claudia Alta "Lady Bird" Johnson (née Taylor) was born Dec. 22, 1912 & blossomed into our Environmental First Lady w/scores of accomplishments + contributions to enviro justice, conservation & social equality. Let’s pause to reflect & honor this wonderful human & her legacy. https://t.co/x3czqsQZV4
Holiday break? Bring the fam to visit Fortlandia or sneak out for a peaceful trail walk and some winter birding! OUR HOLIDAY HOURS: Dec.24 & 25 – Closed Dec.26 - 30 – Open, 9 - 5 Dec.31 & Jan. 1 – Closed wildflower.org/visit https://t.co/giMIOifQpt
#Fortlandia Friday! A clever take on camouflage, Hidden in Plain Sight by Nelsen Partners recalls the excitement & wonder of childhood hide&seek. The fort is clad in mirrored acrylic panels to reflect trees + sky so visitors can peek through windows and see without being seen. https://t.co/zt8nzBzhLz
“SGI’s work is critically important,” said Patrick Newman, Wildflower ED. “By aligning with one another, we hope to strengthen our common goals of conserving N. America’s native plants & grassland ecosystems.” Read about our partnership w/ @segrasslands: bit.ly/grasslanding https://t.co/fuvFaA1O0Q
RT @Do512Family: Native plants support life! Support the future of native plants with a year-end gift to @WildflowerCtr. Get the details on…
If you think spring is the only time to visit a botanic garden, we challenge you to come spend some time with the colors and textures of winter, both bold and nuanced. Buff up on your ID skills outside of flowering season. Watch the squirrels burying their bounty. 🌿 https://t.co/BVJqnvTKWg
The Center will close at noon today for our staff holiday meal. https://t.co/Td9XqjdP3H
This time of year possumhaw holly (Ilex decidua) wears bright berries on bare branches that really pop against our big blue TX skies. This native shrub's fruit are a winter feast not only for our eyes, but for opossums, raccoons & songbirds. #Hollylujah #SomethingToTweetAbout 🐦 https://t.co/riyw0NsU8P
 
 
 
 
 
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