Project Plans

Texas Botanical Gardens

Construction on the Texas Botanical Gardens began in 2013 and was completed in 2014. A primary goal of the Center is to display the lifestyles of ancient Americans in an integrated and interactive manner, rather than in isolated exhibits. This format demonstrates that ancient peoples’ social, educational, spiritual, and cultural lies were more interrelated rather than compartmentalized. 

The Texas Botanical Gardens features sustainable design, uses local materials in construction, conserves water, preserves natural resources, and promotes appropriate land and plant use. In this way, the legacy of our ancient ancestors will endure, and their “green” lives can inform and guide our choices in contemporary times.

Waking Up with Wildflowers


The members of the board of the Texas Botanical Gardens & Native American Interpretive Center partnered with the City of Goldthwaite, the Goldthwaite Economic Development Corporation, and the County of Mills to construct an Outdoor Pavilion which will be located in the southwest corner of the Legacy Plaza block. 

The Pavilion benefits the area by:

  • Preserving the community character of Goldthwaite
  • Beautifying three bare lots
  • Increasing sales tax revenues
  • Becoming a destination point for group and association meetings
  • Promoting tourism
  • Being a site for educational opportunities for all ages (classes, speakers, symposiums)
  • Giving area youth a contemporary meeting place to hold special events such as prom

The pavilion was completed in 2016 and has since hosted many weddings and community gatherings.

Native American Interpretive Center

The Native American Interpretive Center will be a model “green” community cultural and educational facility where people of all ages can discover and explore the lifestyles and cultures of the ancient Texans. Leading the project team is Robert Jackson and Michael McElhaney Architects, a 35 year-old firm that has earned more than 30 local, state, national and international architectural and sustainable design awards. The Center has been consulting with the National Museum of the American Indian of the Smithsonian Institute to inform the Native American aspects of the project.

Presenting the integrated lifestyle of Native Americans, not simply isolated exhibits, is a primary goal of the Center. Visitors will learn first-hand how Native Americans gathered and prepared seeds and other materials in bedrock mortars and baked them in earth ovens and will be involved in making cooking utensils, baskets and other tools that were used for thousands of years. Educational offerings will include seminars, lectures, workshops, film series, guided tours, Junior Historian and Junior Master Gardener programs, and after school and summer youth programs.

An entry terrace featuring sun/seasons outdoor exhibits greets visitors to the Center. Modeled on the classic Indian wikiup, the entrance leads to the first floor of the museum which includes:

  • Entry terrace featuring sun/seasons outdoor exhibits
  • Reception/orientation area
  • Gift shop
  • Exhibit area
  • Conference center
  • Small kitchen
  • Staff offices
  • Elevator and stairs
  • Workroom
  • Restrooms
  • Service space
  • Storage areas
  • Outdoor access to the Texas Botanical Gardens

This 2nd floor space includes:

  • Exhibit areas
  • Rooftop terrace
  • Astronomical observation tower
  • Volunteer offices
  • Elevator and stairs
  • Restrooms
  • Service space
  • Storage areas