2016 Wildflower Forecast-Healthy rains in the fall and early winter put Texas on track for a spectacular 2016 spring wildflower season, but spotty rain and unusual warmth recently could dampen displays in some areas.
Garden Excellence Award Received-The Wildflower Center received the 2015 Horticulture Magazine Award for Garden Excellence for the Luci and Ian Family Garden last week from the American Public Gardens Association.
12 Landscape Projects Certified Sustainable-The Sustainable Sites Initiative program has certified sustainable landscapes at a dozen new locations across the country for meeting rigorous standards for environmental design and performance.
2015 Wildflower Forecast-While cool weather is delaying the wildflower season in parts of Texas, most areas should have great blooms, and some areas already have a great show started for spring.
Director to Receive Audubon Award-Susan Rieff, Wildflower Center executive director, is receiving a Terry Hershey Award from the Audubon Society for her distinguished career and will be honored next February in Houston.
New Mobile App to ID Invasives-A free mobile app called TX Invasives is now available from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas at Austin for identifying harmful non-native plant, insect and other invasive species statewide.
Four New Landscapes Certified Sustainable-The Sustainable Sites Initiative program led by the Wildflower Center and national collaborators has certified four new landscapes, bringing to 34 the number certified nationally.
SITES Program Certifies Four Sustainable Landscapes-The Sustainable Sites Initiative™ program has certified landscapes at a federal courthouse in New Mexico, a Washington, D.C. elementary school, a campus plaza in Washington, D.C., and an urban plaza in Washington state.
Conservation Award to Lady Bird-The National Audubon Society honored Lady Bird Johnson with a Rachel Carson Special Memorial Tribute Award to recognize her environmental influence.
Simmons Receives Environmental Award-Dr. Mark Simmons, director of research and consulting at the Wildflower Center, has been recognized for his significant impact on environmental awareness and policy by the state chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.
Invasive Species Activities Honored-The Wildflower Center received an outstanding achievement award from the National Invasive Species Council for its outreach and educational initiatives to address non-native species.
2013 Wildflower Forecast-Early spring wildflowers may not be as plentiful as in 2012 in Texas, but intermittent winter rains will likely help those that grew and summer wildflowers to bloom.
700,000 Pines Grown for Bastrop-The Wildflower Center has been selected by the Texas A&M Forest Service as the local grower of loblolly pines to restore wildfire-damaged Bastrop County.
Wildflower Center Awards Conservation Grants-The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center distributed $638,000 in conservation grants for federally endangered species to eight organizations supporting 5 Texas plants and animals.
$1 Million for Family Garden-Luci Baines Johnson and Ian Turpin have donated $1 million to the university's Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center to develop a Family Garden bearing their names.
2012 Wildflower Forecast-The Wildflower Center's senior botanist reports that timely rains last fall and this winter have benefited early spring wildflowers, which will likely put on a good show in parts of Texas.
Citizen Scientist Programs Success Highlighted-A program that harnesses volunteers throughout Texas to collect conservation data has been highlighted as a model citizen scientist program in the June issue of the journal Bioscience.
Native Lawn Performance Research-A lawn of regionally native grasses would take less resources to maintain while providing as lush a carpet as a common turfgrass used in the South, according to a study by ecologists at The University of Texas at Austin’s Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.
2011 Wildflower Forecast-Little rain last fall in much of Texas means bluebonnets and other early spring wildflowers will not be as impressive as last year’s display.
Treaty Oak Clone in Center Arboretum-The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center will plant a genetically identical copy of Austin’s famous Treaty Oak in the Center’s developing Texas Arboretum.
New Green Roof Study-The Wildflower Center studies improving water-handling capabilities of vegetated roofs.
Homeowner Landscaping Web Site-A new website developed by the U.S. Botanic Garden and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center brings homeowners comprehensive advice on creating nature-friendly, sustainable landscapes.
Austin Invasives Management Plan Developed-At its meeting last Thursday, the Austin City Council approved up to $100,000 to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center to oversee creation of a coordinated management plan for addressing invasive plants on city lands.
Green Roof Stormwater Capacity Studied-The Austin City Council approved $10,000 to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center to study how much rainwater manufactured green roof products can capture.
Sustainable Sites Pilot Projects Announced-The Sustainable Sites Initiative that the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center helps lead has selected pilot projects to test a national rating system for sustainable landscape design, construction and maintenance.
New Landscape Rating System Released-A partnership including the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center today released the nation’s first rating system for the design, construction and maintenance of sustainable landscapes, with or without buildings.
Simmons Advises Clinton Climate Initiative-Dr. Mark Simmons, a restoration ecologist at The University of Texas at Austin’s Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, has been invited to join the technical advisory group for the Clinton Climate Initiative.
Seed Bank Project Reaches Major Milestone-An international partnership of 54 countries led by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and including the Wildflower Center is celebrating a decade of work to set aside seeds for future generations.
Teaching AISD Teachers-The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center will teach their native plant curriculum to the first group of hundreds of fourth grade Austin ISD teachers as part of a new instructional agreement.
2009 Wildflower Forecast-Recent rains will help Engelmann daisy and some other wildflowers this season but can’t make up for sparse rain last fall.
$500,000 Urban Sustainability Grant-An interdisciplinary university team including Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center staff has received $500,000 from the University of Texas System to develop an integrated approach to address rapid urbanization, sustainability.
Waitt Joins Invasive Advisory Committee-Dr. Damon Waitt, the lead botanist at The University of Texas at Austin’s Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, has been elected a member of the advisory committee for the National Invasive Species Council.
Green Roof Capabilities Studied-The first study to compare the performance of different types of green roofs has been completed by the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.
2008 Wildflower Forecast-An average display of wildflowers is expected this year in Central Texas because of sparse rains, although the situation could quickly improve.
Teaching the Teachers about Native Plants-National Parks professionals and Boys and Girls Clubs of America gather at the Wildflower Center to study ways of connecting children to native plants and National Parks.
Ann and OJ Weber Butterfly Garden-This garden, designed by Judy Walther of Environmental Survey Consulting, demonstrates the codependent relationship of plants and insects, and the critical role of pollinators in sustaining biodiversity.
2006 Wildflower Forecast-Lower than average rainfall in the fall of 2005 could mean a lower than usual wildflower display this spring for most of Travis County.