The mission of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is to conserve, restore and create healthy landscapes.
Sunday is Austin Museum Day! Pick up this week’s issue of @AustinChronicle for this year's FREE Austin Museum Day schedule w/over 44 participating organizations. See the Wildflower Center sched w/games, tours + storytimes here: #MuseumDay2018 #atxmuseums wildflower.org/event/austin-m…
This Sat., 9. 22, 9 a.m. - 12p Discover edible native plants that are safe for your plate🍴 (and cup)🍵, such as prickly pear, TX persimmon, yaupon and more on this identifying and harvesting tour. #Foraging #AustinTX Space is limited, so register now! wildflower.org/event/foraging…
RT @DellMedSchool: If you're passionate about conservation & sustainability, join the @Planet_TX team for an event at the @WildflowerCtr on…
Telescopes and astronomers give us the tools and knowledge to explore the heavens, but @UTAustin is turning the lens to earthly ecosystems at the @mcdonaldobs in the name of #restoration and #conservation. #UTSOA Read more from @UTSOA bit.ly/2xkb3f3 https://t.co/K2Aab5QoyV
Telescopes and astronomers give us the tools and knowledge to explore the heavens, but @UTAustin is turning the lens to earthly ecosystems at the @mcdonaldobs in the name of #restoration and #conservation. #UTSOA sustainability.utexas.edu/news/designing…
Showy palafox (Palafoxia hookeriana) w/its lush display of blushing ray + disc flowers is a charming garden annual & summer/fall bloomer. Also known as “sand palafox”, the species thrives in sandy soils with sun (or part shade) and requires little water. It's also butterfly food! https://t.co/4l1mzrT4EG
This weekend! Dog Days of Fall are here. Bring your pup to the Center for trails, treats, demos, doga (dog yoga) and more! wildflower.org/event/dog-days… #austintx https://t.co/ABDKfmxtYX
Seeing red is a very good thing when that red is a patch of bleeding heart/wax mallow (Malvaviscus arboreus) — especially if you are a hummingbird! 😍🌿 In the same family as okra and cotton, this hardy perennial shrub grows rapidly from seed in disturbed areas. #nativeplants https://t.co/sFldHV1SnS
RT @Planet_TX: Being a resilient, inclusive, and just community in the year 2050 takes all hands now. PT2050 invites all who are passiona…
Yes! Cenizo (Leucophyllum frutescens) is correct! It's Texas' official State Native Shrub. Great job! https://t.co/6s5GYN4gkq
Up close pop quiz! Who knows the plant producing this flower? We'll show the whole plant and answer in a tweet later today! #nativeplants #texas https://t.co/5SRFgws1t6
Join us for Dog Days of Fall at the Wildflower Center this Sat. + Sun.! Invite your friends and their fur babies, and be sure to check out all the fantastic orgs that will be here to make a PAWSitively wonderful weekend. wildflower.org/event/dog-days…
When this huge dark #butterfly flew past us in the gardens, we thought it was a large day-flying bat! In fact, it’s a black morph of a female Eastern tiger #swallowtail (Papilio glaucus). You can see her faint tiger stripes as she sips nectar from the #nativeplant buttonbush. https://t.co/4RYIMmkkws
We're growing! To best serve our increasing # of guests + mission to inspire the #conservation of #nativeplants, we're working with ATX design heroes on a new Gateway Plan. @dwlegacydesign w/@LakeFlato,@TenEyckLandArch Urban Design Group & @Vermeulens_Inc wildflower.org/pressroom/desi…
We are tickled by this bride’s coneflower-colored bob and playful pose in the Family Garden. A botanic garden is always a great setting for letting love and color shine! #NatureLovers #bridalhair Photo by Fallen from the Clouds Photography. https://t.co/ZBc7mYc4Xz
More hours for flowers! Tuesday Twilights are back as we fall out of summer... Open ‘til 8 p.m. every Tuesday in September and October. https://t.co/tBq2rLir9t
For a #FancyFriday it doesn’t get more flashy than the late summer stunner, eryngo (Eryngium leavenworthii). Often likened to a pineapple, #eryngo is actually in the carrot family (Apiaceae) — also often mistaken for a #thistle, one of its common names is “false purple thistle.” https://t.co/ZBUEGt7FKY
But this might ACTUALLY be the happiest place on Earth, don’t you think? 📸: Anna Szczekutowicz Photography https://t.co/NbjrjpGQ4C
Back-to-school = growing up on campus, which is exactly what this living wall on the side of @UTSOA's Goldsmith Hall is doing! Read more (link) or visit IRL when you're up Guadalupe way. It's just beyond the Cactus Café (how appropriate is that?). wildflower.org/project/goldsm… #UTLIFE https://t.co/qcu6yHAt0t
Are you following us on #Instagram? Because if you're not, you're missing out. instagram.com/wildflowercent… #FearOfMissingOutOnWildflowers https://t.co/g3WFd4JpVq
One week left for military families to visit the Center for free! We thank you for your service. The Blue Star Museum program offers free admission to the nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families, incl. National Guard & Reserve, from Memorial Day thru Labor Day. https://t.co/TTwGk8oMTL
Enjoy this piece from our Wildflower magazine on how to harvest and prepare the incredible edible opuntia. If you try the recipes or have your own, let us know! #pricklypear #friyay #recipes wildflower.org/magazine/nativ…
How sweet is Lindheimer’s senna? So sweet we just want to snuggle with those velvety leaves. In addition to being a late-summer-blooming beauty, this shrubby perennial provides important food for birds, butterflies and bumblebees. https://t.co/5xSitGnuJI
Work With Us Wednesday! We are presently seeking 2 seasonal gardeners. These are 10-week positions at 32-40 hrs p/week. Should have at least 1 yr of pro gardening experience. Applicants, email your resumé and cover letter to selkinton@wildflower.org. #austintx #botanicgardens https://t.co/bBKi2JAQud
“We learn from our gardens to deal with the most urgent question of the time: How much is enough?” — Wendell Berry 📷: Gaillardia & Coreopsis #blanketflower #poets #gardeninglife https://t.co/8pvQdSukfC
The green lynx spider (Peucetia viridans) relies on camouflage + agility for hunting/predation rather than a web, so its uncommon to see one so easily — but @tiedyedinatx caught this garden friend backlit on a splendid sunflower. Share this with anyone who needs some #spider 💚 https://t.co/hf65GGTxGV
Beauty follows beauty. Fruit after flowers, birds after berries 💕🌿🐦 American beautyberry (Callicarpa americana) #beautyberry #birdfood #foraging https://t.co/N5Dk5jNON9
🌟Star-shaped pollen — further proof that gardens bring the heavens down to earth. Have a magical week! ✨ #echinacea #plantmagic https://t.co/YSx8cc4ULc
#GIVEAWAY ALERT! Head over to the 'Gram to enter to win our Stay Wild, Stay Cool summer giveaway! instagram.com/p/BmRBVjuBJK_/… https://t.co/vOcm3slNWP
GIVEAWAY ALERT! Head over to the 'Gram to enter to win our Stay Wild, Stay Cool summer giveaway! instagram.com/p/BmRBVjuBJK_/…
Thinking of Indonesia. Thinking of California. Thinking of everyone who could use some sunny petals and blue skies in their mind, eyes and heart right now. #thepromise of nature 🌿💛 is #newbeginnings 📷: River Primrose (Oenothera jamesii) https://t.co/AaGeRAV5Bx
In spite of being one of the most common scorpions in the US, the striped bark scorpion (Centruoides vittatus) is still strikingly cool. #Scorpions are viviparous, meaning these lil' hitchhiking babes were not hatched but live-birthed (after about an 8-mo. gestation period!). https://t.co/KfhicgXhHe
"There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” - Nelson Mandela #MondayMuse 📷: Passiflora foetida https://t.co/3pUvB8gNBX
This great purple hairstreak (Atlides halesus) had us doing a double take. The fancy critter has some really fluttery “tails” + special flare on its hindwings that resemble a second head complete w/ feeling antennae, especially when it rubs them together like this. #fancyfriday https://t.co/bh9Ivc8f4B
RT @LBJLibrary: Remembering Lady Bird: She was bold, a visionary, an adventurer, and our environmental First Lady. 🌷 Learn more about her l…
RT @UTSOA: Lady Bird Day at @WildflowerCtr is this Saturday! Join in on the celebration with guided tours, themed snacks, Mrs. Johnson's ho…
Hear our ED, Patrick Newman, talk about why we offer FREE admission this Saturday (9 a.m.- 5 p.m.) to celebrate Lady Bird Day! #freefuninaustin #do512 #ladybird kxan.com/studio-512/the…
Happy Monday, busy bees! We hope you are surrounded by the sweet scent of wildflowers and are abuzz with joy this week. #echinacea #bumblebees https://t.co/aQLOeHVpvT
Butterflyweed (Asclepis tuberosa) is a milkweed in all its blazing glory, minus the milky sap. True to its name, the plant attracts butterflies (& hummingbirds) and is an excellent nectar source. It's also a larval food source for monarchs, queens and grey hairstreaks. #Milkweed https://t.co/98o5cIQnvv
Cardinal feather (Acalypha radians) may sit low in but absolutely glows in a garden! These little spurges add great texture to a garden + flower for nearly 1/2 the year! They do great in a rock garden with full sun. Don’t let tall plants throw shade or the feathers won’t thrive. https://t.co/JJbYfuC8bC
Our #MondayMuse @yogawithadriene delivering self care movement for every body. Bookmark this one: "Whether you are an actual gardener or a metaphorical gardener, this practice is for you." If you're going to fruit and flower, you need tending too! yogawithadriene.com/yoga-for-garde…
Day off? Learn a bit about caves in Austin! Thanks, @KVUE for this important story. The Wildflower Center provides several opportunities each year for the public to tour our two explorable caves. Stay tuned! kvue.com/article/news/l…
We ARE open and the high is 92 today! Happy 4th of July! 📷: Buttonbush! (Cephalanthus occidentalis) https://t.co/Hl11QkIw0I
Some flowers fade in the thick of a Texas summer (and we get it!) but rock rose always turns it up to 11! 📷: Pavonia lasiopetala = #HOTpink #rockrose #nativeplants https://t.co/988q3QeLJ8
Want an easy-peasy way to help the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center? If you're a @reliantenergy customer, sign up for EcoShare and you can support orgs like us while offsetting your carbon footprint! Neat, right? earthshare-texas.org/earthsharehome/ https://t.co/9LA1MQa3JF
Our friends at Healthy Parks Plan Parks want to maximize health benefits, improve equity, & help local communities expand park access for all in Travis, Bastrop & Caldwell counties. The survey takes 10 minutes and you could win a $50 prize. healthyparksplan.org/participate-1/
#FancyFriday! Frogfruit (Phyla nodiflora) are tiny, tough and always look festival-ready in their flower crowns (don’t tell them that’s so last season — they’re evergreen!). Whatever the weather, from drought to flood, this fanciful flora holds its ground. #nativeplants https://t.co/tN5eLYdiYP
Are you a water spirit? Come out to our final Free Nature Night of the 2018 (tonight, 6 - 9 p.m.) where we’ll be exploring hydrodynamics, splashing, mud painting, cave-touring + more! For deets, check out the link in our bio. #freefuninaustin #do512family #waterflower #atxkids https://t.co/ZWsS6a4rTT
"Love is a canvas furnished by nature and embroidered by imagination." —Voltaire #WildflowerWedding #WeddingWednesday #LoveLoveLove https://t.co/XPy2ezT0he
Like most living things in a Texas Summer, we keep getting drawn to the water! Join us Thurs. 6-9p for the final (FREE!) Nature Nights of 2018 celebrating & exploring H2O with cave tours (for real!), mud painting, rock crafts, a scavenger hunt + more! wildflower.org/event/nature-n… https://t.co/YRutpcTugk
“The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.” - Eden Phillpotts, A Shadow Passes 📷: scarlet muskflower (Nyctaginia capitata) ✨🌿#MagicalMonday https://t.co/vEDiQmYEWE
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
🌻☀️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
 
 
 
 
 
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