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Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Named State Botanic Garden and Arboretum

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Austin’s own Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, here in the Texas Hill Country, has recently been designated as the state botanic garden and arboretum through the passing of a bill supported by Texas State Representatives Donna Howard, Roberto Alonzo, and Paul Workman, and Senators Donna Campbell, and Kirk Watson.

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Named State Botanic Garden and Arboretum

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In a story reported by NBC DFW, Senator Watson stated, “This designation recognizes the Wildflower Center’s important contribution to the natural history of Texas. In the words of Lady Bird Johnson, ‘The environment is one thing all of us share,’ and this well-deserved honor for the Wildflower Center will help us preserve and protect the native plants and landscapes for all Texans. I loved knowing Mrs. Johnson and being able to learn from her. I’m very proud that this wonderful part of her legacy is receiving this important recognition.”

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Named State Botanic Garden and Arboretum

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Wildflower Center Executive Director Patrick Newman said, “Botanic gardens such as ours play a critical role as hubs for plant conservation and environmental education and in developing innovative landscape practices. We are honored to receive this acknowledgment of our efforts to conserve Texas’ floristic heritage.”

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Named State Botanic Garden and Arboretum

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The center opened its doors in 1995 and has since built up a plant database that contains more than a third of the native plants of America. The bill recognizing its designation doesn’t provide any funding to the center, which is self-funded by The University of Texas at Austin, but does bestow on it a recognition which is well-deserved as the facility continues its services to Texas in the care for, maintenance of, and education around native plant species.

Source:

NBC DFW