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 June 15, 2010.
Membership to the Wildflower Center includes:
- Admission for you, another adult, and all your children or grandchildren younger than 18
- Early admission and discounts on bi-annual 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 Better Homes and Gardens magazine
- 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 their cause and their 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 half-mile trails among March blooms such as the demure pink evening primrose, the meteoric eastern columbine, and the Suessical plateau spiderwort. Members may also attend art festivals, 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 recommends the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, and 10Best lists it as one of the best attractions in Austin: > * Taking great strides in the promotion of the conservation, restoration and diversification of native plants, this South Austin attraction features some truly spectacular arrays of flowers with plenty of wildlife nearby. – 10Best
Three Insider Pagers give the Wildflower Center four stars, and Yelpers give it 4.5. Three TripAdvisors rate it four owl eyes: > * It is located in a beautiful area of Austin, and is even more beautiful once you are inside. – Kristen H., Insider Pages > * The wildflower center has beautifully planted formal gardens as well as natural fields of wildflowers. Well marked easy trails wind around the property. There’s a tower for viewing (though not much to see - the climb is more fun), a better than average gift shop, kids crafting area, cafe and a few well marked Kodak picture spots. – MarttaH, TripAdvisor > * When everything is in full bloom, the photo opportunities are classic. – Tanya S., Insider Pages
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.