Before lovers co-opted the custom, mortal enemies would exchange bouquets of roses and lilies before duels to symbolize the blood and lilies that were about to be spilt. Find a flower that enflames your own passions with today’s Groupon: for $32, you get a one-year family membership (a $65 value) to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. This deal is good for both new members and existing members keen to renew. You must activate your membership either at the center, by phone, or online by July 15, 2010.
Family membership to the Wildflower Center includes:
- Admission for you, another adult, and all your children living in the same household or visiting grandchildren younger than 18
- Early admission and discounts on biannual plant sales
- A 10% discount at the center’s store
- A one-year subscription to the center’s Wildflower magazine, plus a bonus one-year subscription to Better Homes and Gardens magazine (bonus only available for memberships activated before June 15)
- Privileges at a variety of other gardens
Read the full list of benefits here.
Because plants are too proud to ask for help from lawyers, doctors, and talent agents, the Wildflower Center takes it upon itself to protect and propagate the native plants and flowers of Hill Country and the greater south and west of Texas. Membership supports its cause and its research partnership with the University of Texas, whose quest for a more alluring, pouting petal never ends. Stroll one of the Center’s four quarter- to one-mile trails among early spring blooms such as the bluebonnet, the demure coreopsis, and the ornery-yet-soft prickly pear cactus. Members may also attend Nature Nights, interactive lectures, and a dozen events now sprouting from the Wildflower Center’s colorful calendar. With your new knowledge and appreciation of each blossom’s aesthetic and ecological role, you might even be inspired to return your own garden to its native splendor and finally evict all those invasive piranha plants blocking your warp pipes.
Frommer’s rates the Wildflower Center as an exceptional destination. Four TripAdvisors give the center an average of 3.5 owl eyes, and three Insider Pagers give four: > * For visitors, the main attractions are the 12 acres of beautiful gardens displaying 650 species of native plants (most of which are labeled) in varying habitats, 2 miles of trails, and an observation tower. – Frommer’s > * 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. – washaw, TripAdvisor
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Water trickles through a butterfly roof when it rains, flowing through a Roman-styled aqueduct to a cistern placed for harvesting rainwater. Thorn-crested agaves and evergreen succulents flourish beneath the eaves. The architecture of this rainwater harvesting system—itself a recreation of a South Texas mission garden—embodies the dual purpose of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center: to preserve native plant life and promote environmental and conservation research.
Although North American native plants thrive in this region when left to their own devices, urban development, agribusiness and the introduction of invasive species have slashed their numbers, reducing wildlife habitats and disrupting the fragile ecosystem. Lady Bird Johnson founded the Wildflower Center in 1982 to preserve these native plants and natural landscapes. Native Texas wildflowers and shrubs fill its 23 public gardens and trails, which form a natural habitat for cochineal insects and red-eared slider turtles. The center's Research and Innovation team restores damaged landscapes, and the Native Plant Information Network retains an online database of more than 8,600 native species.