Austin, TX 78739
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Hours, Prices, and Events
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin was founded in 1982 by the former first lady of the United States and her friend Helen Hayes. Mrs. Johnson was passionate about preserving America's landscapes, with a special love for her native Texas plant life. She developed the Wildflower Center to reconnect people with nature and to educate them on enhancing their own home landscapes with local, native plants. Visitors to the center can enjoy beautiful botanical gardens that demonstrate the best uses of native Texas plants to support wildlife and sustain the health of the land.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Regular Hours*
Tuesday - Sunday: 9 AM – 5 PM
Closed on Thanksgiving Day and from Christmas to New Year’s.
* Open Mondays during “Wildflower Days” in spring, typically mid-March through May 31.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Admission Prices
Seniors (65+): $8
Students with College ID: $8
Youth (5 - 17): $48
Members, UT Austin faculty staff and students with ID, and Children Younger than Four: Free
The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is the perfect facility for your special event, wedding, or meeting. Indoors and out, the center offers a variety of settings where your guests will be surrounded by beautiful gardens, water features, and spectacular architecture.
Several options are available for tours at the Wildflower Center. Those who enjoy a self-guided tour at their own pace can download audio files, which correspond to 16 stops through the main garden attractions, and listen on their mobile devices. If you're interested in planning a group visit and would like to arrange a guided tour, you'll find details on scheduling and pricing here.
Tree Talk Winter Walk
This annual event celebrates the beauty and benefits of native trees and shrubs. The talks cover varied topics like tree identification, which trees are right for your yard, and keeping trees healthy. Activities for kids include tree climbing using special equipment, shelter building with branches, and a marshmallow roast over a bonfire. A wide variety of trees and shrubs are available for purchase.
The center stays open daily for spring wildflower viewing on site, and offers special events. They include an arts festival featuring nature-themed works of American artists, including textiles, jewelry, glass, paintings, and pottery.
Spring Plant Sale
Choose from about 300 Texas plant species and wildflower seeds to add to your garden during prime planting season. Whether you want to add color, attract wildlife, or grow herbs and spices, you'll find thousands of plants available.
Wildflower Center Gala & Silent Art Auction
Philanthropists and nature-lovers come together for this elegant fundraiser in support of the center's mission and activities. From cocktails and hors d’oeuvres to a dinner catered by the Four Seasons, guests dine in style under a beautiful courtyard tent. Texas' most prestigious artists donate works for the auction, including nature-themed paintings, sculpture, and other art.
National Wildflower Week
Wildflowers are in full bloom during this springtime event. Tour the gardens with a knowledgeable guide to learn more about plant species and their importance. Plenty of great photo opportunities.
These special admission-free Thursday night sessions offer a chance to explore native wildlife and other topics. Programming varies from interactive presentations and garden explorations to scavenger hunts and other fun activities that will surely to get families interested in nature.
Admission is free for this annual event that celebrates Lady Bird Johnson -- U.S. First Lady, conservation pioneer, and founder of the Wildflower Center. View artwork, see a Lady Bird memorabilia display, and get a behind-the-scenes indoor tour. Kids will enjoy story time and garden-related activities such as making seed paper.
Native Plant Sale
It's your chance to purchase wildflowers, regional plants, and seeds to create your own beautiful, Texas-friendly garden. Learning sessions include topics like a primer on native plants, planting a butterfly garden, attracting pollinators, and more.
Kick off your holiday shopping at the Store and a pop-up boutique in the Visitor's Gallery. Local artisans sell their handcrafted jewelry, paintings, glassware, soaps, handmade quilts, and more.
Come and enjoy a festive holiday setting where the gardens are illuminated by thousands of twinkling lights and flickering luminaries for this annual celebration. Enjoy live music while the kids do fun crafts and get their picture taken with Frosty the Snowman.
Prices and events are subject to change. Please check the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center’s website before making plans to visit.
Austin, TX 78739