Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Redbud in Bloom at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Entrance

I’ve spent the last week in Austin, TX having a wonderful time seeing new plants, new birds, and new ecosystems. My first full day here I was truly blessed to be given a private tour of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center with Kelley, a volunteer at the center and Beautiful Wildlife Garden’s own Meredith O’Reilly. What a joy to tour this beautiful space with such welcoming new friends!

Wildflower Center is a Certified Wildlife Habitat

The whole property at the Wildflower Center is a Certified Wildlife Habitat, and they are devoted to education about how the native plants are intricately connected with the wildlife.

Water conservation aqueduct system and cistern

Water conservation is of utmost importance here in Texas, and the rainwater harvesting system is is a wonder to behold. Aqueducts run along the top of the archway walls and from the rooftops to large cisterns spaced all around the property.

Coral Honeysuckle, a hummingbird favorite

Texas Bluebonnets attract early spring pollinators

Carolina Jessamine, a butterfly magnet for the first butterflies of spring

The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center was a marvelous view of spring to this winter-weary Pennsylvania! It was so nice to feel the warmth of the sun on my face and walk among these beautiful blooms. A big huge thank you to Kelley and Meredith for sharing this special place with me!

What native plants are blooming in your early spring wildlife garden?

More of my visits to Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center:

Carole Sevilla Brown lives in Philadelphia, PA, and she travels the country speaking about Ecosystem Gardening for Wildlife. Check out her new free online course Ecosystem Gardening Essentials, 15 free lessons delivered to your inbox every week.

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  1. Margaret Edge says

    nice site, I have noticed in my area of Texas that other wild flowers are taking ourr bluebonnet’s place.

  2. says

    Welcome back Carole! We missed you! So happy to hear you had such a great time and I hope your talk went smashingly! Must have been so nice to be somewhere with plants blooming…we can only dream of blooming redbuds here in New England – we still have 6″ of snow although it’s melting quickly! I have never seen a redbud that tall before…sigh…

    Love those Texas bluebonnets – they look as though they are related to lupines so I’m guessing some of the “blue” butterflies use them as host plants too?

  3. says

    Sounds like you had quite the time! I’ve met Kelley via twitter and email, and look forward to someday seeing her in person (Meredith too!). Pretty much we’ve got similar things in bloom down in Florida, my yellow jessamine, tho small did have a flower or two and the coral honeysuckle is nurturing bees and butterflies. I’m jealous of those TX bluebonnets tho.
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    The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center sounds amazing. I think it’s neat that you create a post on a place you visit on a trip. It’s something I always want to do, but have not yet made the time. Trips are so busy and I’m on to other things when I get home.

    I hope you were at SXSW meeting TS or Third Tribe folks!


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  5. says

    Carole, You lucky gardener! The Wildlife center is one of my favorite places to visit~I even joined because I wanted to support their work~and I use their native plant info site at least once a day. I came home from a visit there wishing we could figure out a cistern system as beautiful as theirs~Still working on that one.

    Claytonia and the cardamines are blooming…I love spring. I am so glad you had a good break from the winter in PA.
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  6. says

    How lucky for you to tour this wonderful place … I often visit this website and if I lived close, would definitely be a regular visitor and register for many of the classes as well. I so enjoyed the virtual tour you have offered – thank you!
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    • Carole Brown says

      VioletFern: It was a wonderful tour in the company of two passionate wildlife gardeners and native plant advocates. What a lovely way to spend the day!


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