For $35, today’s deal gets you a one-year family membership to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin (a $70 value). Groupon purchasers must redeem their membership by May 31, 2011.
Cofounded by the former first lady in 1982, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center strives to increase sustainable use and conservation of native wildflowers, plants, and landscapes through education and preservation. 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, as well as early admission and discounts on biannual plant sales and a 10% discount at the center's store and online. Budding flower fiends also receive a one-year subscription to Better Homes and Gardens magazine and the center's quarterly Wildflower magazine, discounts on educational classes like the popular Go Native U education program, reciprocal privileges at over 300 partnering gardens, and many other benefits.
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 research partnership with the University of Texas, whose quest for a more alluring, pouting petal never ends. Stroll one of the Wildlife 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 events 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 Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center as an exceptional destination. Six TripAdvisors give the center an average of four owl eyes, and three Insider Pagers give it a four-star average.
- 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.
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