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Take a Hike at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildlife Center

Take a Hike at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildlife Center

Not far from our East Austin apartments is a destination that inspires the conservation of native plants.

We're talking about the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, and it's the State Botanic Garden and Arboretum of Texas.

Helen Hayes and Lady Bird Johnson established the center in 1982. It originally opened in East Austin, and later moved to a transition zone between the Edwards Plateau and Texas blackland prairies ecoregions. 

Approximately 900 species of native Texas plants have been cultivated or grow here naturally. They can be discovered along the center's trails such as:

Savanna Meadow Trail

At .25 miles, the Savanna Meadow Trail offers a short, scenic adventure. It wanders through a wildflower meadow featuring Indian paintbrush flowers. These flowers have spiky blooms resembling paint brushes dipped in red or orange-yellow paint. They grow in the western and southwestern United States and add interest to native gardens.

Keli Howell Wagner Woodland Trail

The Woodland Trail features wind chimes and the center's largest collection of mature trees. Species include agarita and possumhaw, and they run along a creek bed. Hikers also discover bronze statues representing native animals. 

Arboretum Trail

Winding through open fields, the Arboretum Trail features swings that invite visitors to sit and enjoy the soothing sounds of nature. The path is surrounded by several Texas oak trees, including post oaks. They are one of the most important trees for wildlife because of the number of acorns they produce. These trees thrive in the Lone Star State as they tolerate heat and require little water. Post oaks are recognized by their distinctive cross-shaped leaves which they shed in the fall. 

The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is just one of the premier attractions near our apartments in Austin, TX. If you're searching for a place to call home, please contact us. We would love to show you our community firsthand.