Wildflower Center pays tribute to Lady Bird Johnson



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Posted on July 29, 2012 at 8:45 AM

Updated Sunday, Jul 29 at 6:19 PM

AUSTIN -- Lady Bird Johnson would have turned 100 years old this year. Her wildflower center held a tribute day in her honor Sunday, and her granddaughters were there to unveil a new traveling exhibit.

The sprawling Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center attracts thousands every year, giving families a chance to appreciate the outdoors and appreciate conservation, thanks to the legacy of a first lady.

"Being with her, you couldn't help but understand her love of nature and of the outdoors, and of this beautiful world that had been given to us," Catherine Robb said, one of Johnson's granddaughters.

Johnson's granddaughters Catherine and Jennifer Robb helped unveil the new traveling exhibit, which honors Johnson's life and work, using her position of power to protect precious resources.

"I look out here and think how proud and happy my grandmother would be to see continuing generations get to see the outside environment that she loved so much," Jennifer said. "We are continuing these conservations efforts."

The exhibit will travel the country, making stops at the Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C. and the Department of the Interior.

The unveiling is just one of several special tribute day events, including free admission and displays. 

Former president Lyndon B. Johnson said Johnson inspired him in his conservation efforts. Fifty pens he used to sign 50 important pieces of environmental legislation were on display for the day at the Wildflower Center.

The center is constantly evolving. It's a home for research, a place for children to learn and an escape from city life.

"She founded the Wildflower Center as a research institution when she was 70-years-old, so we've been here for 30 years, so her legacy and vision were so far ahead of her time," said Susan Rieff, executive director of the Wildflower Center.