- May 2, 2014

Grand Opening of the Family Garden


The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center of The University of Texas at Austin will host a grand opening celebration for the new Luci and Ian Family Garden on Sunday, May 4, 2014, from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. Named for Luci Baines Johnson and Ian Turpin, the 4.5-acre addition is a family destination with more than a dozen interactive features designed to foster hands-on, creative play and learning in nature.

The grand opening celebration will not be free (except for children age 4 and under), but you can get discounted tickets if you purchase them in advance online.  The cost for walk-up tickets is $9 for adults, $7 for students and seniors,  and $3 for children 5 to 12.

Guests attending the grand opening celebration will enjoy:

  • Games on the Play Lawn including colorful play parachutes, bubble blowing and Frisbees.
  • Family activities including story time, a kids’ song writing workshop, and a garden quest with stops to do a sensory dig, create petroglyphs, search for wildlife and more.
  • Live performances by notable Austin musicians.
  • Self-guided nature play to spark creativity and imagination using tools including binoculars, hand lenses, bug collectors, pond scopes, and digging trowels.
  • Free T-shirts for a limited number of guests and a chance to create and purchase silk screen T-shirts.
  • Lunch, snack and beverage options from food trucks and the Wildflower Café.

Sunday event schedule:

  • 11 a.m.: Gina Chavez
  • 12 p.m.: Big Don
  • 1 p.m.: Storytime in the Little House
  • 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.: Children’s book sale and book signings in the Store
  • 3 p.m.: Hank and Shaidri Alrich (Americana songwriter)
  • 4:30 p.m.: Wood and Wire (main act, bluegrass)

The garden’s 4.5 acres of woodland and meadow provide the perfect setting for unstructured, creative nature play. The Family Garden invites hands-on interaction amidst native plants through features like Nature’s Spiral, a mosaic-inlaid limestone wall that illustrates the spiral shapes found in sunflower heads, agaves and Turk’s caps. Giant bird’s nests with wooden eggs, a Metamorphosis Maze, a central creek and grotto, and many more features will be offered in a safe nature setting. 

To see a preview of the garden (and to learn when you can visit for free), head over here.

For more information, please call 512-232-0100 or visit www.wildflower.org/family_garden.

**Please note that there will be no parking on site during the grand opening on Sunday, May 4. Shuttle buses will be available from Bowie High School.

The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center of The University of Texas at Austin
4801 La Crosse Ave.
Austin, TX, 78739