As many of you know, I have a big huge love for the city of Austin.  It’s been a home away from home for the last 16 years of our marriage, and more recently home to several relatives (YAY! for free room and board!)  This past week I was invited to the opening of Luci and Ian Family Garden, a new family garden in the The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. 

bluebonnets at lady bird johnson center

I thought I would share this invite with you. If you are in the Austin area May 4th, join the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center for their grand opening. If you aren’t in town that weekend, but will be in Austin – this is a great activity for the family. Here’s a little more information on the garden and what you can expect:

grotto at austin family gardensThe 4.5-acre Family Garden is the only native plant garden developed for families in Central Texas. It is designed to encourage hands-on, creative outdoor play, with sustainable features including giant birds’ nests, a creek, caves, and a maze.

Named after lead donors Luci Baines Johnson, daughter of President Lyndon and Lady Bird Johnson, and her husband Ian Turpin, the $5 million Family Garden will double the maintained garden acreage at the 279-acre Wildflower Center that is part of The University of Texas at Austin.

“The Wildflower Center is on the cutting edge of sustainability,” says Luci Baines Johnson. “Our hope is that the Family Garden will be a place where families go to play and discover the wonder and importance of nature.”

The Luci and Ian Family Garden aims to connect children and families to the natural world by providing more than a dozen interactive and educational features made of natural materials such as Nature’s Spiral, a mosaic–inlaid limestone wall that illustrates the spiral shapes found in nature. Other features include a maze made of native shrubs, giant tree stumps for kids to climb on, giant bird nests made from native grape vines, a grotto with caves and a waterfall, a lawn designed with native turf, a creek with dinosaur footprints and water activities, and much more.

“There is nothing like this garden in Texas on many levels,” says Susan Rieff, executive director of the Wildflower Center. “The Luci and Ian Family Garden will offer children a safe environment for exploring the natural world that we hope will instill a sense of wonder and excitement.”

nest at Luci and Ian Family Garden in Austin, TX

Visit the Family Garden in Austin, TXWe have made some big changes to spend the next year so we can enjoy as much family travel as possible. So excited that our next road trip adventure will be to Austin, TX. We will be visiting the Luci and Ian Family Garden and The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in the next few weeks. Stay tuned for photos from our adventure….

The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and Luci and Ian Family Garden is located at 4801 La Crosse Avenue, Austin, Texas 78739.

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