Thursday, May 17, 2012

LBJ Wildflower Center

Our committee has begun a partnership with the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center! A recent trip to the center proved beautiful and inspirational.  

The mission of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is to increase the sustainable use and conservation of native wildflowers, plants and landscapes. The UT Gardening Committee utilizes native Central Texas plants in our gardens all around campus, and is in the process of installing a new native plant garden at the UT Concho Community Garden. The Wildflower Center has generously donated to our committee plants! We look forward to volunteering at the center this upcoming Fall to further our knowledge of working with native plants.

Our most recent trip to the center was inspiring! Metal basins filled with water, lilies, and mosquito fish are a beautiful landscape element we'd like to replicate at our garden. Also, a native edibles demonstration plot brought to light some interesting Texas eats: Barbados cherry, Mustang grape, the tubers of winecups, prickly pear cactus, chile pequin, wild onion, and pink evening primrose. We'll create a similar demonstration plot at the UT CG. 

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