Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas at Austin is dedicated to inspiring the conservation of native plants. As the Botanic Garden of Texas, the Center displays nearly 900 species of native plants from many of the major ecoregions of Texas to serve as a model for creating beautiful, sustainable landscapes.
The Center has guided the development of urban and rural landscapes across the U.S. that incorporate native prairies, green roofs, rainwater harvesting and other sustainable features. It operates Native Plants of North America, the most comprehensive online native plant resource, and has set aside millions of seeds from Texas native plants for future generations and restoration activities. In addition to educating children and adults about native plants and training citizen scientists to identify and report invasive species, the Center led the development of SITES®, a sustainable landscape rating system now used worldwide.
The popular Fortlandia exhibit will be open for symposium attendees.
San Antonio Botanical Garden
The San Antonio Botanical Garden features 38 acres of nature spaces located near the City center. The Botanical Garden connects visitors to horticultural displays, Texas Native Trails, the Zachry Culinary Garden, an outdoor CHEF Teaching Kitchen, demonstration watersaver landscapes, and the Family Adventure Garden. The garden also features a bird watching structure with benches for comfort and special viewing portals for birding. In March, the Botanical Garden will open an Education and Event Center and an event lawn. The Botanical Garden is home to the award-winning Lucille Halsell Conservatory, which changed San Antonio’s skyline in 1988. Designed by Emilio Ambasz, it has welcomed millions of visitors to explore unique plants and ecosystems from around the world.
The Botanical Garden offers a wide range of adult, family, and children’s educational programming, including the CHEF (Culinary Health Education for Families) program, the Terrarium Ecosystem Program, and the Children’s Vegetable Garden, one of the nation’s oldest youth gardening programs in which children experience hands-on horticulture.
Zilker Botanical Garden
The Zilker Botanical Garden is located on 28 acres nestled within Zilker Metropolitan Park in the heart of downtown Austin, Texas, and is often called “the jewel in the heart of Austin.” Theme gardens such as the Taniguchi Japanese Garden, Riparian Streambed, and Rose Garden are interconnected with streams, waterfalls and Koi-filled ponds, while the Hartman Prehistoric Garden recreates a Cretaceous habitat filled with plants from the time of the dinosaurs. Featuring heritage live oaks set into a hillside, the Garden offers a lush, shady respite perfect for an urban get-away stroll.
This garden is a public-private partnership between The City of Austin Parks & Recreation Department (PARD) and The Zilker Botanical Garden Conservancy (ZGBC), which manages over 30 garden clubs through the Austin Area Garden Council (AAGC). The garden is open to the public 360 days per year and is enjoyed by over 125,000 visitors each year, including thousands of school children from Austin and the surrounding communities.