Exploring Wildflowers and Plants Through the Wildflower Center
Lady Bird Johnson: First Ladies' Lives
Skill: High School/College
Time Required: Five to six class periods
Lady Bird enjoyed flowers as well as being an activist (Beautification Act of 1965) for the environment. In 1982, Lady Bird donated 60 acres and $125,000 for the National Wildflower Research Center. The national membership expanded in time with a total of 7,500 members. The center sponsored events and researched ways to use wild flowers. An idea was conceived to plant wild flowers along the edge of the roadways and highways, which saved millions of dollars annually since the need for mowing and maintenance was decreased.