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“Relaxing, beautiful gardens in South Austin” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
4801 La Crosse Ave, Austin, TX 78739
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Ranked #16 of 158 Attractions in Austin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Gardens, Nature & wildlife areas, Nature & Parks
Activities: Hiking, Group tours/walking tour, Viewing foliage
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Owner description: 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.
Austin, Texas
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Relaxing, beautiful gardens in South Austin”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2010

I love the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center; I think it's a really special place. The grounds themselves are lovely--there are calm pools of water, bubbling brooks, and beautiful architecture and sculptures. There are loads of native plants and wildflowers in the gardens. I also recommend going for a walk in one of the trails that are on either side of the main campus of the Wildflower Center--you will feel like you are really out in the Hill Country. The admission is a little pricey at $8 per adult, but I think the overall ambiance makes it worth it. They also have a cute gift shop and lovely little cafe.

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Houston, Texas
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“Where are all the Wildflowers?”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2010

Went during peak flowering season and did not see anything that we couldn't see for free along US290, and with much less walking. The formal gardens were tiny and seemed to be bereft of any flowers. There were more people wandering around aimlessly trying to look at something than there were blooms available to see--truly pitiful. If you're expecting a riot of colors and fields full of windflowers as far as the eye can see, you will be sorely disappointed. Don't waste your time trying to find a parking spot or your money on the admission. The Zilker Botanical Gardens are much better and worth the $3 parking fee!

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San Diego, California
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“Even in the winter a beautiful uplifting experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2010

This is a wonderful and delightful place to visit. The experience makes you rethink how native plants can be the most attractive way to experience nature. Highly recommended.

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Austin, Texas
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“Wildflower Viewing - Easy Access from Downtown”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2008

The only reason I can't give the wildflower center a 5 star rating is the $7 admission charge. It just seems a little steep to me. Of course I go every year in the spring, so it must be worth it.

Easy access from downtown the wildflower center is just off Mopac. There isn't much parking at the wildflower center (Especially during Wildflower Days), but plenty of free parking along LaCrosse. Even when there are cars lining both sides of LaCrosse, the gardens don't seem too crowded - they seem to absorb the people well.

The wildflower center has beautifully planted formal gardens as well as natural fields of wildflowers. Well marked easy trails wind around the property. There's a tower for viewing (though not much to see - the climb is more fun), a better than average gift shop, kids crafting area, cafe and a few well marked Kodak picture spots.

I generally spend about 2 hours when the wildflowers are in their peak - generally late March to mid April.

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New Brunswick
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“Bluebonnets of Texas”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2008

I read the article entitled "A biography in Bluebonnets" (Victoria. September,1993). This article created in me a desire to see Texas in springtime. With that in mind, we went to Texas April 10-17, 2008. We visited Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Centre in Austin. A lady there suggested that we go to the area of Brenham which we did. The wildflowers were in their glory along the roadside. We also went to Fredericksburg. It was an inviting, small town! We visited the Wildseed Farms nearby. I bought the delightfully illustrated book: Miss Lady Bird's Wildflowers by Kathi Appelt (illustrated by Joy Fisher Hein). It was a dream come true to see the wildflowers of Texas in the springtime.

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