A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity of visiting the Lady Bird Johnson Wilflower Center in Austin, Texas. The center was founded to research different species of wildflowers and the propagation of them. I have heard about the center for years but have never had the opportunity to visit. Since I was there for an event in the Wildflower Center Auditorium, free admission was given to all the participants. Yay me. I immediately started going through the garden and taking pictures as fast as I could.
It was a damp day after a rain storm, which is one of my favorite times to walk in a garden. Just seeing the flowers alone would be beautiful enough, but the garden is full of interesting sculptures as well.
We had lunch in the cafe. I had the veggie wrap and hibiscus tea. I also spent quite a bit of time in the gift shop. It had everything from t-shirts to books to kitchen stuff. Everything about wildflowers or with wildflowers painted on every object imagineable. They had quite an extensive gardening book selection. It is definitely a place that garden lovers should see at least once, especially in the spring during wildflower season.
The first thing you see when you enter the garden is a cistern that collects rainwater with a huge dragonfly on it.
As you walk down the arched sidewalk, you see a couple of huge ants with heads the size of barrells..
Pictured are some of the beautiful flowers and some of my favorite sculptures. I took all the photos with my iphone. I don't know what kind of photos I would have gotten if I had taken them with my other camera and had been able to compose the photos a little better. It was an amazing place and a place that I want to visit again.