Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Visits Botanical Gardens

Recently a group from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, headed by Patrick Newman, Director, met with a group from our Botanical Gardens. The group was invited to look into the possibility of collaboration.

After a short history of the gardens, both groups toured the gardens. Many questions were asked and answered concerning all phases of the garden, including the development of the site, plant material, signage, water storage, and others.

Back row: Mark Johnson, Director of Guest Experience; Karen Clary, Director of Conservation; Lee Clippard, Director of Communications; Patrick Newman, Executive Director. Front row: Andrea DeLong-Amaya, Director of Horticulture; Robin Murphy; Director of Development Mike Abkowitz, Director of Finance; Tanya Zastrow, Director of Programs.

In the discussion following the tour, [Legacy Plaza Executive Director] Jan Fischer told the group of our interest in youth education. It is one of our main objectives. 25,000 youth in Mills and surrounding counties have either toured the gardens, or the gardens have been brought to them via programs including talks and Power Point presentations within the past year. The in-depth resesarch conducted by the Wildflower Center would certainly be an addition to our program, as our “hands-on” program might add to the Wildflower Center programs.

“We have similar objectives. Both the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and Botanical Gardens will profit by the sharing of ideas and knowledge,” said Tommy Head, President of the Botanical Gardens of Goldthwaite.

–Hazel McCoy, published in The Goldthwaite Eagle, January 18, 2017

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