The mission of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is to conserve, restore and create healthy landscapes.
Now showing: Hummers of Summer! Feasting on everything from red yucca to flame acanthus (+ all the sages between) these buzzy birds were caught in the act of pollinating native blooms! What plants are they visiting around you? 📷 1-3: Boll J. Boyd, 4: @tiedyedinatx #hummingbirds https://t.co/AX6xDFq8A0
Tonight! RT @WildflowerCtr: 🌻☀️Happy Summer Solstice! Join us to celebrate with one of our favorite things about summer at the Center — free Nature Nights from 6-9 p.m.. Tonight’s them is: Bats! wildflower.org/event/nature-n… https://t.co/CF4ENpB3qn
🌻☀️Happy Summer Solstice! Join us to celebrate with one of our favorite things about summer at the Center — free Nature Nights from 6-9 p.m.. Tonight’s them is: Bats! wildflower.org/event/nature-n… https://t.co/4uqZq9BKVT
For those who might be thinking of our owl family, Athena and the owlets have been sited stretching their wings but staying near to each other at the Center 🦉💛 #owllove #greathornedowl #wildlifewatching #keepfamiliestogether https://t.co/a5fmcUF0a3
This vid is from a Wildflower field trip to @BatConIntl ‘s Bracken 🦇 Cave — and we are hyped to share all the wonders of these winged creatures with you! Come to Nature Nights (6.21, 6-9 pm) at the Center to learn about bats + where to observe them, and how to help protect them! https://t.co/HiH0QBaOu9
Registration for this class on 6.23 includes a pre-release copy of the new book by instructors/authors Lynne & Jim Weber, "Native Host Plants for Texas Butterflies: A Field Guide." (It won't be available to the general public until September 2018!) wildflower.org/event/butterfl…
Tobusch fishhook cactus is little but tough! Thanks to dedicated conservation work by the Wildflower Center and others (and some true Texas grit!), it was reclassified from endangered to threatened under the Endangered Species Act yesterday. Read more: wildflower.org/project/tobusc…
Thinking about tonight's free Nature Nights: Fantastic Creatures & Where to Find Them led us back to this awesome article from Wildflower mag about how flora and fauna can have really specialized relationships. Permission to nerd out, granted! wildflower.org/magazine/nativ…
For a sneak preview of one of the super-cool activities awaiting you this Thursday, check out our director of programs on @cbsaustin 's @weareaustin this morning. Psst- Two words -- OWL. PELLET. #coolscience #austintx cbsaustin.com/features/we-ar…
Yup @TrevorScottATX! That’s an owl pellet! 😂 The Lady Bird Johnson @WildflowerCtr invites you to #NatureNights to explore all our awesome animal kingdom has to offer (including these cool Owl byproducts) 🦉🐭 https://t.co/C5uOhmyHJM
 
That was TOO much fun! So glad you came around to the joy and fascination of owl-pellet dissection, Trevor!
 
PS - Sorry, Taylor :)
This Thursday the free family fun continues with Nature Nights: Fantastic Creatures & Where to Find Them! 6-9 p.m. @FreeFunInAustin #do512family #austinfamily wildflower.org/event/nature-n…
Our #MondayMuse is artist & adventurer @HallieRoseT , sharing her experience of connecting to the land, wandering life + the search for open, wild spaces. Take in her story/art as featured in our Wildflower magazine: wildflower.org/magazine/lands…
Common #elderberry (Sambucus nigra ssp. canadensis) is beautiful and musical. Its genus name comes from a Greek word for an ancient instrument. Flutes and whistles can be made from the soft pith of its stems/branches. And yes, you can make wine from the fruit! #nativeplants https://t.co/aItYLnXuib
Tonight we kick off the free family fun with Nature Nights: Outdoor Recreation! Nature Nights are free + open to all, Thursdays in June, 6 - 9 p.m. Tonight, come learn about birding, take a hike, geocache and more! wildflower.org/event/nature-n…
“I think that to one in sympathy with nature, each season, in turn, seems the loveliest.” ― Mark Twain https://t.co/7fPP9fujxr
Eastern gamagrass (Tripsacum dactyloides) is fringed with flashy inflorescences & ready for Fancy Friday. Not only is this grass a real looker, it can grow up to 10 ft + is a favorite feast for deer. No surprise, since this species is related to corn. #grass https://t.co/UtFF7KCjtu
Free Nature Nights begin next week! Thursdays in June: wildflower.org/event/nature-n… #Do512Family #AustinTX @FreeFunInAustin
We’re open like a coneflower! Come on out and see the summer blooms. We have shaded picnic tables (just be sure to “leave no trace”), a creek to splash in at the Family Garden and a sale going on in the Gift Store! #AustinTX #coneflower wildflower.org/visit https://t.co/xneMNXnMks
Joseph Hammer's art show using recycled everyday objects begins this Saturday in our gift store. Opening reception with the artist is 5.26, 2-4 p.m. Summer Sale in the store begins that day too! wildflower.org/event/art-open…
What’s in season? Wildflowers and weddings! Big days are beautiful in our wide open spaces. Photo by Tim Waters Photography https://t.co/acXSax7q1X
We’re going to go ahead and call it Monarda Monday! Monarday?! Horsemint is very cool to look at but also edible! Its leaves pack quite a flavor punch eaten raw or cooked and can also be steeped for tea. Horses like them too! 📷: horsemint (Monarda citriodora) #edibleplants https://t.co/u2INBjLiWP
It's #EndangeredSpeciesDay and we don't often think of endangered flora, but plants are integral to healthy ecosystems! The Wildflower Center has helped to save endangered TX plants such as Tobusch fishhook cactus, star cactus & Texas poppy-mallow. #Texas #nativeplants https://t.co/KUOkbdUOM7
Critter Fri-yay! Who can identify this beautiful caterpillar? Hint, in its adult form, it’s the state butterfly of OK! Photo by Val Bugh #Caterpillar #FridayFeeIing https://t.co/7aWOIN5XX3
A wise person once said “Don’t count your basketflowers before they bloom....” Well, you can start counting! These perfume-y beauties are bursting open from the Savanna Meadow to the parking lot. (Centaurea americana) #basketflower #bloomingdays #nativeplants https://t.co/WnSFMe4WqT
Who feels like spending more time in the water this week? We do! And the plants of our wetland pond (always). Carefully tending to the aquatic flora is one of our horticulturists, Belinda, who is in good company with leopard frogs, red-eared sliders & ribbon snakes. #watergarden https://t.co/TAzCw6u1ae
National Migratory Bird Day may have flown by, but our hearts start beating faster every time we see a hummer in the gardens, like this one refueling at a red yucca. 📷: Bill J Boyd https://t.co/6HfIDAv5ad
No Tuesday Twilights today. Come make your voice heard and chat with one of our environmental designers (along with a ton of other great orgs and reps!). It's OUR Congress Ave.! Tonight, 5-8 p.m., 800 Congress austintexas.gov/event/congress… https://t.co/dhzMQazrQu
This gorgeous illustration is by @samnpeters who is not the instructor for this class -- but check out her amazing work and follow her!
Time in nature is time well spent. Put a pencil in your hand to really tune in to the details of life and the landscape around you. Come pick up a tool that you can take on any vacation (or staycation) this summer! Nature Drawing Class, Sat., 5.19. wildflower.org/event/nature-d… #ATX
We hear it’s going to be a hot week in #ATX — ready to soak up some sun like a summer #wildflower? 📷: firewhweel (Gaillardia pulchella) and black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta) https://t.co/xo7x4lmkXX
A day later, but shouldn't Mother's Day be every day?? twitter.com/LBJLibrary/sta…
e hear it’s going to be a hot week in #ATX — ready to soak up some sun like a summer #wildflower? 📷: firewhweel (Gaillardia pulchella) and black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta) https://t.co/vqqzPA9ajD
Come hear from Michael Eason, author of the newly released “Wildflowers of Texas” as he talks about the wonders of Texas’ favorite flora. The presentation will be followed by a book signing at the Wildflower Center Gift Store. bend. wildflower.org/event/wildflow…
What a cool project. Hooray for monarch butterfly allies! twitter.com/skydancerbook/…
Come hang out under the live oaks in the Texas Arboretum in a yoga hammock and unwind from the week with yoga poses for strength, flexibility + relaxation. Fri + Sat AMs this week & next. Space is limited and registration is required. All levels. #atxyoga wildflower.org/event/aerial-y… https://t.co/iGmoylKrtB
Work With Us Wednesday! New Jobs Posted: 1. Youth & Family Programs Coordinator, 2. Special Events Manager. Share and tag someone you think would be great in one of these roles at the Center! #ATX wildflower.org/about/jobs https://t.co/cQoVQI69my
Wishing you a mallow Monday! #wildflowers https://t.co/g3E5d0EC8J
[2/2]@NatlParkService says that often well-meaning hikers find a lone fawn and "rescue" it, believing it to be abandoned. This can result in the separation of the young from its mother. If you do find one ... quietly leave the area without disturbing.
[1/2] When photographer and fauna survey vol Pat Dittmar encountered this baby at the Center one recent morning, it was a magic moment. “In my heart I named it Sparkle because that's what I felt the moment I saw it!” ✨ #Fauna #babyanimals #wildlife #ecosystems https://t.co/C2JPA7RyJZ
Our beloved state flower is done flowering, but the journey of next year’s #bluebonnets is just beginning in those fuzzy seed pods! Watch this vid to learn from one of our horticulturists about when and how to harvest seeds from your BBs! #gardeningtips https://t.co/vxAAl8Qmoe
Hey, @reliantenergy customers! When you participate in Reliant's EcoShare program, you support organizations like the Wildflower Center and help offset carbon emissions! Learn how to enroll: earthshare-texas.org/earthsharehome/ #austintx https://t.co/oMPPVZRczK
Tree cholla (Cylindropuntia imbricata) is native to a lot of territories — from the hot deserts of TX to the CO mountains (6,000 ft.+!) — and can grow up to 8 ft tall. After these magenta flowers have bloomed and faded, knobby orange fruit will take their place. #cholla #desert https://t.co/ZkI8ewV6Nu
"This roof is a few years old and I just have to reseed every couple of years so the annual wildflowers promise a good display for guests...Green roofs are a great option for #CentralTexas if designed correctly!" -Wildflower Enviro Designer John Hart Asher #greenroof #wildflowers https://t.co/qp1fwmXoEr
There’s beauty and fortune between the thorns ❤️ #ladybird #pricklypear #MondayMotivation https://t.co/lyAoGHgu4I
RT @samnpeters: Century plant watercolor sketch from the @GNSI_Texas trip to @WildflowerCtr! Love this place and it’s crazy plants. https:/…
🌿🍪Chocolate daisy (Berlandiera lyrata) smells amazing💕(like fresh-baked cookies in the garden) but if you can peel your nose away, glance behind the bloom to see the cool threadlike pattern behind each petal! Things you only see/smell when you slow down...👁👃🏽👁 #wildflower https://t.co/AvBEueutnF
Join one of our enviro designers, John Hart Asher on @klru 's Central Texas Gardener to learn about restoration (@austinWCC), ecological design (@bushlibrary) + #prairie power. Get pro-tips on seeds vs plugs and how to prep your soils for native grasses! youtube.com/watch?v=j0fU3P…
🌿👀At a glance they blend in, but when you stop and look, green lillies (Schoenocaulon texanum) have really unique structure. https://t.co/YoXaivmq3G
Reminder: No Tuesday Twilights tonight! We will close at our traditional hour of 5 p.m.. We'll be back at it next Tuesday (open 'til 8 p.m.). Member Mornings, Thursdays and Saturdays at 7:30 a.m. are still on too!
@WildflowerCtr seeks proposals from creative individuals, groups, firms and students to design, construct and display forts as part of an exciting temporary outdoor exhibit, Fortlandia. Info session April 25, 6:30 p.m. Learn more & apply: wildflower.org/event/fortland… #austintx #design
Fancy Friday! Silver leaf primrose (Oenethera macrocarpa ssp. incana) is flaunting the crepe-textured maxi petal look while red yucca queue up before the perfect blue skies. Elegant and wild all at once — these flowers really know how to wear spring! #gardenparty #wildflowers https://t.co/Qgz77b5MLe
Be transported to the ship in the desert by Wildflower Center Environmental Designer Michelle Bright in this lyrical naturalist encounter from Wildflower magazine: wildflower.org/magazine/in-th… #westtexas #naturewriting
✏️💚LEAVE A NOTE for our volunteers in the comments and we’ll share with them! It’s #NationalVolunteerWeek2018 and we're celebrating our amazing, hardworking, lovely & fruitful volunteers. As close as we can tally, 672 fab vols contributed 33,601 hrs over the last 12 months! https://t.co/izR1YnYOts
RT @sharky___waters: Last week we took a field trip to the @WildflowerCtr in Austin. We get a lot of inspiration from nature, so we had to…
*A fan pointed out that this is a spotted cucumber beetle (Diabrotica undecinpuntata) which is decidedly less lucky, but we are going to stick with our original assessment that it’s going to be a wonderful week!
We have heard that lady birds are good luck and we think that goes quadruple for lady birds on beautiful Wisteria frutescens, spotlighted just so by the morning sun at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. It’s going to be a wonderful week! #LadyBird #Wisteria https://t.co/oEnrRJdBuF
It's happening! Today = Member Sale 9a-5p, Saturday = Public Day, 9a-5p -- Join in person and get three free plants! wildflower.org/plant-sales #AustinTx #do512 https://t.co/CeqG3F6cKJ
A really cool video from @BatConIntl showing how wildlife depend on native plants and natural cycles! twitter.com/BatConIntl/sta…
Fleabane daisies with their bright faces and blushing under-petals are always a welcome sight, but especially on a grey day. 📷: Erigeron strigosus above the Savanna Meadow #wildbeauty #txwildflowers2018 #daisyflower #prairielife https://t.co/bb9nu74X1j
RT @LandmarksUT: ATTN new MFA artists: @UT_AAH & Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower center join to offer 1 fellowship each academic year to a new…
#Truth! And regular admission is always free for current @UTAustin students, staff and faculty! SPRING IS HAPPENING! twitter.com/UTAustin/statu…
Native bumblers are venturing out to greet the sweet, unfurling flowers of antelope horns milkweed (Asclepias asperula) in the wild areas at the Center! #yasqueen #pollinators #milkweed https://t.co/CnNkFlbr3z
Weekly shopping trip? Don't forget to put "Support native plants" on your list! Look for these tear pads at your local @HEB and add $1, $3 or $5 to your grocery bill to support environmental nonprofits (like the Wildflower Center & @TravisAudubon) through @EarthShareTexas. https://t.co/cOHZfevXZK
Presenting: Athena’s 2018 owlets! They are big enough to peep over the edge and give us a bit of a show. The owl family has been right on track with previous years’ timelines, and our bet is that these babies will fledge before the month is out. Come see them while you can! https://t.co/k0v8X5DJCI
Fund what you love! From 4-5 p.m. we could win extra green if we have the greatest number of gifts from donors for the UT Austin 40 for Forty fundraising challenge. Please consider a gift of any size. 40for40.utexas.edu/giving-day/490… #UT40for40
🖌🌿Designed by nature. Scarlet paintbrush (Castilleja indivisa) is starting to bloom at the Center and there’s no way you can miss it. Is it blooming where you are? #texas #wildflowers https://t.co/UCBZrU2HHW
Fund what you love! Please take a moment today during @UTAustin's 40 Hours for the Forty Acres campaign to support the Center. Every dollar helps sustain our mission to inspire the conservation of native plants. 40for40.utexas.edu/giving-day/490…
RT @SpecNewsATX: ICYMI: @VictoriaMaranan spent the morning at the Lady Bird Johnson @WildflowerCtr to learn some fun #TXwildflower facts, b…
NOW SHOWING in the Wildflower Center gift store, thru May 13. Shou Ping creates unique 3D paper sculptures that express her love of nature. She transforms ordinary sheets of watercolor paper into extraordinary flowers and animals. #ATX #paperflowers #watercolor #natureart https://t.co/JW8kmYlhxa
RT @VictoriaMaranan: Did you know #bluebonnets are related to #Peanuts ? Now you do! TUNE IN @SpecNewsATX & @SpecNewsSA for a look at this…
Behind the seed silo is the only spot at the Center you'll see blue false indigo (Baptisia australis), which kind of looks like a giant bluebonnet! Both are in the pea family (Fabaceae). https://t.co/zVtGcCwgzs
We are open tomorrow from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.. Hop on over! https://t.co/HnDj81c9g9
RT @weareaustin: These #spring flowers aren't just a pretty face! Andrea joins us from the @WildflowerCtr to explain just how important the…
RT @PepeTheProducer: It’s that time! kxan.com/news/local/aus… #txwildflowers
RT @raisingaustin: Looking for ways to keep the kids busy this weekend? Here are some ideas @austin360 @statesman @BookPeople @wildflowerct…
Raise your hand if you’ve been feeling this lately! The price of #pollination... it’s worth it to have shade and shelter and all the other benefits of trees though, right? The rain in #ATX should provide some relief today — unless you’re allergic to mold 😬 ! 📷: #Oak catkins https://t.co/mv9vV7jCuI
"The garden suggests there might be a place where we can meet nature halfway." -Michael Pollan // April 13 &14, Spring Native Plant Sale @ the Wildflower Center; native flowers, seeds, trees, vines and more... facebook.com/events/2019727…
Seeing red? Yes! But still bluebonnets 😀 Lupinus texensis in the nectar garden. #texas #wildflowers #differentbutthesame https://t.co/kdjav2sGm0
RT @FineArtsUT: If you haven't already, apply now for the St. Elmo Arts Residency #opencall! A joint project between @WildflowerCtr and @UT…
It's a great time to look and listen for American #Robins! They're on the move #migrating through Gulf-bordering states northward to their primary breeding grounds. For many Americans, robins are a welcome sight (or sound) as they announce the arrival of spring! 📷: Bill J Boyd https://t.co/mgLEXqci3w
Our Hill Country Trails (John Barr and Arboretum Trails) will be closed today and tomorrow as the entrances undergo construction. Please excuse our dust and enjoy the many other trails and natural areas the Center has to offer!
#WorldWaterDay! The #Texas yellow star (Lindheimera texana) is a prime example of how #nativeplants benefit a landscape. Beautiful to look at (while providing a whole host of ecosystem services - yay, plants!), these stellar bloomers require little water & thrive in dry soil. https://t.co/goEmS3sdLm
A little piece of peace from the Family Garden. #BloomsNotGloom instagram.com/p/Bglr95aD70j/…
“Am I blue?” Well, yes and no! This pink wildflower is still a bluebonnet just like all the others, but with blushing petals. It’s a generic mutation that can occur naturally in wildflowers. Color makes no difference — all wildflowers are beautiful and important! #naturefacts https://t.co/dzCYEbMLNr
Something bright and cheery for your week. #BloomsNotGloom 📷: coral honeysuckle vine (Lonicera sempervirens) https://t.co/joyQYNQPVU
#Critter Friday! Cedar Waxwings (Bombycilla cedrorum) could also be called “flying berry monsters.” We see them descend on possumhaw trees in late winter to feast. Being voracious consumers of berries who cover a lot of territory, they are fantastic seed-spreaders. #birdnerds #TX https://t.co/hF3XLkz2cZ
RT @seguingazette: The Lady Bird Johnson @WildflowerCtr said this year’s wildflower season is right on track for blooming. #Seguintx #Guada…
A lovely artistic ode to Athena, the great horned owl! twitter.com/artbyreinhart/…
RT @TPWDnews: The pink bluebonnet is back at Lockhart State Park #bluebonnets #wildflowers #texas https://t.co/5e4wRkY6Eq
RT @TPWDparks: Snakes are out with warmer temps. Watch where you put your hands & feet. If you see a snake, give it space. Most are harmles…
New to TX, or just new to gardening with native plants? Howdy & welcome! Come on down to the official State Botanical Garden and Arboretum to learn about everything from cacti to coneflowers. Let's get a native garden growing for every TX home + community! wildflower.org/event/gardenin…
Walk along the John Barr and Arboretum Trails and you’ll be greeted by the sunny faces of goldeneye phlox (Phlox roemeriana)! Who is getting outdoors for spring break?! #JOMO on #SXSW2018 https://t.co/HoN8SGO4nx
Tonight begins Tuesday Twilights, the first time the Wildflower Center will remain open until 8 p.m. for general public admission. Come see the gardens in a different light and catch the Cecropia silkmoths as they begin rousing for the evening! #JOMO on #SXSW https://t.co/jNpNjYWJhq
You check the weather every day, but what about the forecast for wildflowers? See what experts from the Wildflower Center and around the state are observing and predicting for this spring season. #txwildflowers2018 wildflower.org/pressroom/2018…
RT @BatConIntl: @UTAustin School of Architecture students present their Bracken Cave Preserve projects as part of their #landscapedesign cl…
RT @BatConIntl: The class explored how a segment of the preserve could be used for #sustainable infrastructure, nature trails, habitat #con…
Happy Int'l Women’s Day! We are inspired every day by the work, leadership & legacy of Lady Bird Johnson. She worked tirelessly for the preservation of wild landscapes & the environment. Mrs. Johnson always pushed for progress, and we can too.#PressforProgress #IWD2018 #Herstory https://t.co/zVvv6jBQVn
RT @UTexasPress: Our best-selling field guide has been completely reorganized by flower colors for easier use! Order now for spring! https:…
This fringed puccoon (Lithospermum incisum) is common here, but presently a bit of an outlier on the Savanna Meadow Trail while it waits for other blooms to show up. Someone’s got to be the first one to the party! Find this fancy floral fashionista sunbathing on sandy soils. https://t.co/8eeY3M51JY
 
 
 
 
 
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