Special event at Wildflower Center honors Lady Bird Johnson

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by ASHLEY GOUDEAU / KVUE News & Photojournalist J. P. HARRINGTON

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Posted on July 28, 2013 at 6:17 PM

Updated Monday, Jul 29 at 7:51 AM

AUSTIN -- Special events took place Sunday to honor the country's "environmental first lady."

Sunday was Lady Bird Johnson Tribute Day.  Dozens of families, friends and nature lovers walk around one of Austin's most beloved spots, The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

"She's the person why this place started and there are lots of beautiful flowers here, and we wanted to come out and honor her and have fun and look at all the pretty flowers," said visitor Amanda Zinni.

Not only are people able to enjoy the beauty of the center and learn about Lady Bird Johnson, they're able to learn about the impact she made on our country. Surrounding one pond are pieces of legislation that were inspired by her.

"This is very close to the day in 1965 that President Johnson presented her with 50 pens he used to sign important environmental legislation. She was the inspiration for them," said Director of Communications Saralee Tiede.

Her work is still inspiring people today.  The center celebrated with tours. They also had a make your own flower station for kids.

"This is Maggie's first time to come. We thought that Mrs. Johnson was a wonderful figure for not only the state of Texas, but for the country," said visitor Hannah Reaves.

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