The largest collection of plant species native to Texas can be found at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin.
Founded by the former first lady on her 70th birthday in 1982, it was originally named the “National Wildflower Research Center”. It sat on 60 acres that Johnson herself donated, and was renamed to “Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center” in 1997 when it’s location was changed to accommodate growth. It’s acreage quadrupled in 2002, and in 2006 – shortly before Johnson passed – it became part of the University of Texas at Austin, cementing its legacy.
Now sitting on 284 acres within 10-miles of downtown, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is a wonderful refuge where delightful blooms lift the spirits of visitors one plant at a time- just as Lady Bird dreamt they would.