If ever you’re in Austin, you simply must visit the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. This homage to Texas wildflowers was our first stop on Garden Bloggers’ Fling this year. I also visited the center in 2014 and 2008, the year of the first Fling. Since this was our 10th anniversary of the Garden Bloggers Fling, it only seemed right to write about one of my favorite places again.
A large gust front was bearing down on Austin as I quickly worked through the garden. I kept one hand on my camera and the other on a weather app with radar on my iPhone. In spring, people in Oklahoma, Kansas, and Texas rely on weather radar to make outdoor plans, and even then, we are sometimes taken by surprise.
Most of my photos were taken in a hurry as I practically jogged back to the welcome center before the storm bore down on the bloggers. Some bloggers were caught deep in the nine-acre garden while others were closer to the front.
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However, when we boarded the buses, all of us got very wet as heavy rain pelted us sideways. I think some parts of Austin got four inches of rain in about an hour. Thank goodness Fling organizers, Laura Wills, Pam Penick, and Diana Kirby, had the foresight to order disposable rain ponchos for all of us. The wind prevented umbrellas from being much help as we dashed from place to place, and weatherproof jackets were too close to the body. Rain ponchos were the perfect Fling accessory on our first day. My Rifle Paper Co. floral Keds were soaked, but the rest of me remained dry-ish.
The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is both a botanic garden and an educational center. I believe it is also a wedding venue. Isn’t every beautiful location a wedding venue these days? Anyway, I digress. My quick tour took me through the Luci and Ian Family Garden, grassy meadows, wildflower meadows and back to the visitor’s center. I made a quick video for an Instagram Story, and sadly, that was it.
I could’ve stayed for hours, but rain was beginning to fall, and my phone told me to duck for cover.
Still, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is a wonderful place to visit rain or shine. Get yourself there one day.