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Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

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Address: 4801 La Crosse Ave, Austin, TX 78739
Phone Number: 512-232-0100
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Activities: Hiking, Group tours/walking tour, Viewing foliage
Description: The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas at...
The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas at Austin is a 279-acre public garden dedicated to increasing the sustainable use and conservation of native wildflowers, plants and landscapes. Founded by Mrs. Johnson and Actress Helen Hayes in 1982, the Wildflower Center brings life to her hope to preserve the beauty and regional identify of natural landscapes. The Center features acres of Texas wildflower gardens, award-winning architecture, nature trails, a café and gift shop.
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Nice place to visit

We visited the park in january, so they weren't very many wild flowers blooming. Even so, the park is very nice with great trails for walking. The buildings are very pretty, made... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 30, 2015
JEMJ51
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Holden, Massachusetts
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Holden, Massachusetts
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015 NEW

We visited the park in january, so they weren't very many wild flowers blooming. Even so, the park is very nice with great trails for walking. The buildings are very pretty, made of brown and grey stone that fits in with the environment. There is a small exhibit hall that provides the background of the park and explains its mission.

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Forney, Texas
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

We enjoyed seeing the different flowers. The water features were what we liked. Our 4 year old loved the flowers, winding paths and loved looking into the very deep blue water. I didn't realize when we were there how much we missed. We would probably go back another time to see the rest.

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Austin, Texas
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

The plants here are blooming at the time of year that is appropriate for them and they are native to Texas. You aren't going to see Dutch tulips in the spring but you'll see oxblood lilies in the summer. You won't see giant sunflowers but you'll see tons of Maximilian sunflowers in August. This isn't Longwood Gardens or the National... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

We were there with friends in February, before the wildflowers were blooming, yet it is still an interesting place. The visitor center is interesting, both in the history of the center and the founders, and in what you an learn about the native flowers and plants. There are always cacti to see in the garden. We enjoyed the layout of... More 

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Austin, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

This was truly a waste of time...I'd rather just go to a park or wait for the wildflowers to bloom by the side of the highway.

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Lady Bird Johns... W, Public Relations Manager at Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, responded to this review

We're sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy your visit to the WIldflower Center. Winter gardens offer a different kind of beauty that isn't for everyone, but the berries, grasses, bare tree branches, and seed heads can also be very inspirational. Of course, parks and highways are wonderful places to explore and see wildflowers too. All of our natural world... More 

Milton, Canada
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68 reviews 68 reviews
36 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Not only is the garden beautiful in and of itself, with creative and artistic uses of plants, but the way that they show people how stunning native plants can be is inspiring. There's a fantastic children's garden with an incredibly creative water feature. Plants are extremely well labeled! If anyone's interested in how to handle, store and reuse stormwater, they... More 

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Dripping Springs, Texas
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Anyone can stop by and see so much around them with the natural landscaping with our native plants and flowers of Texas. One can buy and eat lunch at the Center and enjoy the gardens around you.

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Austin, Texas
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

If you enjoy the outdoors and would like to learn more about native plants and their importance in the ecosystem as well as sustainable plantings then pay a visit to the WFC. They have a wonderful new Family Garden which your children will love. Best time to visit is April May and October but there is much to see and... More 

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Virginia
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10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

I was only able to spend a few hours (on business no less) but everything about this place was striking. The architecture is indigenous to the area (although reflecting different cultural traditions) and integrates nicely with the landscape. The walking paths can lead you out and away from the vestiges of civilization without ever going that far. My favorite was... More 

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

The is a gem in the Austin area. An Ideal place to explore for everyone in the family especially the new children's garden. Visited in November & hope to make it back in springtime. Kudos to the entire organization & the staff!

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