Pull It or Plant It: Prickly Pear

Pull It or Plant It: Prickly Pear

Pull It or Plant It: Prickly Pear DH: Who doesn’t love a good story? Opuntia species, commonly known as prickly pear cacti, sure have one! The history of this superfood dates back millennia, rooted in Mexican culture and cuisine. If you look closely at the Mexican...
Lee Clippard Appointed Interim Executive Director

Lee Clippard Appointed Interim Executive Director

PRESSROOM Lee Clippard Appointed Interim Executive Director The Wildflower Center is pleased to welcome Lee Clippard as its interim executive director beginning May 1. He takes the reins from Patrick Newman, who began a new post as the CEO and president of the...
Gardener

Gardener

Gardener This is an opportunity to work alongside our fun, seasoned horticulture staff in one of the most beautiful locations The University of Texas at Austin has to offer, 15 minutes from downtown but outside the fray.The Wildflower Center is dedicated to inspiring...
Pull It or Plant It: Passionflower

Pull It or Plant It: Passionflower

Pull It or Plant It: Passionflower DD: The flowers of larger species, such as purple passionflower (Passiflora incarnata), are incredibly ornate, complicated and attractive. Spanishmissionaries, who used these flowers’ complex parts to illustrate the story of Christ’s...
Pull It or Plant It: Inland Sea Oats

Pull It or Plant It: Inland Sea Oats

Pull It or Plant It: Inland Sea Oats LB: A native grass in many states, inland sea oats (Chasmanthium latifolium) has a lot going for it when it comes to visual aesthetics in the garden: lovely, dense greenery and pleasant, gentle movement in the breeze are two right...
Pull It or Plant It: American Century Plant

Pull It or Plant It: American Century Plant

Pull It or Plant It: American Century Plant KAH: Not many species make the news for positive reasons, but American century plant is a leviathan headline-maker. Garfield Park Conservatory in Chicago held a (sold out) party to celebrate the blooming of its 50-year-old...
Off-Center: Spring/Summer 2020

Off-Center: Spring/Summer 2020

Off-Center: Spring/Summer 2020   Sculpting a Landscape In April 2019, the Contemporary Austin premiered a new sculpture by Chicago-based artist Jessica Stockholder at its Laguna Gloria location. Leslie Uppinghouse, a Center horticulturist, collaborated with...
Pull It or Plant It: Frostweed

Pull It or Plant It: Frostweed

Pull It or Plant It: Frostweed MB: Recall the last two animals you saw. Now bring to mind the last two plants. Many people struggle with the second. It’s called plant blindness — and it’s spreading as we spend less time outside. Enter frostweed, a nondescript plant...
Pull It or Plant It: Greenbriar

Pull It or Plant It: Greenbriar

Pull It or Plant It: Greenbriar ADA: I’m rooting for the underdog here — big time! It’s not that I’m suggesting anyone run out to their local garden center asking for a flat of greenbriar to plant around their mailbox. You can’t buy them anyway. But don’t knock Smilax...
Lynda’s Library

Lynda’s Library

Lynda’s Library Open during most normal hours of operation, Lynda’s Library is a place for wee visitors to take a break from nature play and enjoy a good read. Named in honor of Lynda Johnson Robb (daughter of Lady Bird and Lyndon Baines Johnson), this...
The Go-Getters

The Go-Getters

The Go-Getters There are supposedly two kinds of people in this world: those who do and those who don’t. You’re about to meet a third variety: those who do and get started early. The amazing young people in the profiles to follow are ambitious, intelligent and...
Pull It or Plant It: Mustang Grape

Pull It or Plant It: Mustang Grape

Pull It or Plant It: Mustang Grape LU: Call me an optimist, a Pollyanna, or just a dope who’s cup is so full it’s spilling onto my shoes: I love plants that grow anywhere without fuss or permission. We gardeners take pride in our power to manipulate the natural habits...
Pull It or Plant It: Horseherb

Pull It or Plant It: Horseherb

Pull It or Plant It: Horseherb AM: People love to hate on horseherb — what I call straggler daisy — I guess because it has a tendency to dominate yards and make otherwise diverse landscapes more homogenous. (It has been known to infiltrate spans of turfgrass, however,...
Courtyard

Courtyard

Courtyard As the central gathering place at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, the Courtyard has seen live music, first dances, grand galas, family activities and the quieter daily comings and goings of visitors. Around its perimeter guests find the gift shop,...
Pull It or Plant It: Hackberry

Pull It or Plant It: Hackberry

Pull It or Plant It: Hackberry LC: Hackberry gets a lot of hate. Even the name sounds like coughing up something unpleasant. But the trees are tolerant of various conditions and don’t require much love, growing just about anywhere and fast. Plus, hackberries have a...
Great Hall

Great Hall

Great Hall Begin your explorations of the Wildflower Center and the world of native plants in the stunning Great Hall, where volunteers regularly display what’s currently in season with helpful labels — perfect for those of us who can’t help but ask,...
How to Germinate Milkweeds

How to Germinate Milkweeds

How to Germinate Milkweeds MILKWEEDS (ASCLEPIAS SPP.) ARE NOTORIOUSLY DIFFICULT TO GERMINATE. But don’t despair. The Wildflower Center has developed and tested a protocol that results in good germination rates for a number of our native milkweed species. Follow this...
Wetland Pond

Wetland Pond

Courtyard This unique garden showcases native Texas aquatic plants that can only grow in water or in soil that is permanently saturated with water. In the tradition of garden ponds, it is a tranquil place to sit and reflect. What You’ll See In This Garden Look...