Just in time for Mother’s Day, The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center hosts its annual springtime extravaganza, Gardens on Tour, this Saturday. A $25 pass grants access to an exclusive look at five private gardens around Austin as well as the Wildflower Center itself during what’s arguably the most breathtaking season of the year. For discerning botany enthusiasts and/or those who only want to spend an hour or so instead of the whole day, individual garden tickets may be purchased separately for $6 apiece; alternatively, a full shuttle pass can be purchased in advance for $75 and the LBJ center will handle your transportation for you. A special treat: local photographer Peter Tsai and writer Tiffany Hamburger will be on hand at the center from 1-4 pm signing copies of their book, Austin, Texas: A Photographic Portrait. Truly a breath of fresh air on a beautiful spring weekend.
Saturday, May 12, 9 am – 5 pm
See official website to learn more & buy a wristband or pass
It could be said that no holiday is more whimsical and kid-friendly than Halloween, and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center gets into the spirit this year with its Goblins in the Garden event. On Sunday, October 30 from 4 to 7 pm, the center will be transformed into a playground of hallowed delights, from puppet shows, balloon art and face painting to live music, pumpkin patch photo sessions and staff-led scavenger hunts. Stick around a while longer and catch the Alamo Drafthouse Rolling Roadshow’s screening of Little Shop of Horrors, the tongue-in-cheek musical comedy about a man-eating giant plant. Tricks and treats abound!
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 4801 Lacrosse Avenue
Sunday, October 30 from 4 to 7 pm
The famed Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center (named after the beloved former first lady who was married to President Lyndon B. Johnson) is currently hosting four art exhibitions throughout the winter. Learn about the beauty and history of Texan flora on a Saturday afternoon while the air is crisp and cool. As you stroll through the center’s 16 gardens and 4 walking trails lush with native plants and grasses, you can experience the though-provoking Red Flags Sculpture exhibit by local artists in the Savanna Meadow, Watercolors by David Busch in the Wildflower Center Store, Flowers in Art at the McDermott Learning Center, or Southern Exposure in the visitors gallery.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center / 4801 La Crosse Avenue, 78739
http://www.wildflower.org/exhibits/ – Admission: $8
Tuesday – Saturday 9:00am to 5:30pm / Sunday 12:00pm to 5:30pm