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Thank you, I learned some facts about Lady Bird that I didn't know.
She was a wonderful person and one of the reasons that why I love native plants and wildflowers.
We visit the Wildflower Center often, it is a wonderful place and every time we go there we come back excited and recharged with renewed passion for our wonderful native plants.
Here is a picture I took along I20 near Dallas, a field of Lupinus texensis.
Hi Carrie: I really enjoyed this article, and I appreciate all of the research you put into. So often we don't apreciate the women who have contributed to our garden sense on "this side of the pond". Lady Bird Johnson is one of them. It is to her that we owe the summer blooming flowers along our Southern Highways. Some times a trip worth taking is just a drive to see what the Highway Department is growing this year!
Thank you both for your kind comments. There is A LOT about LadyBird online. It was more deciding what not to include...she worked hard for Civil Rights, for instance, and was very interested in education. She was a role model in many ways.
Loved the article, Carrie. Very informative and well-written. I have been to the LBJ ranch. Maybe on my next visit to TX I will walk the trails around the lake and visit the wildflower center. Would love to go when the bluebonnets are in bloom.
Now don't misunderstand me, Karen, because although I live in Texas, I have never been to the wildflower center. I went once to Austin (my older daughter was looking at UT Austin) but didn't know about Lady Bird Johnson then. Now it is not really handy to go. However, we did drive up from Austin to Dallas once when the bluebonnets were blooming. They reminded me very much of grape hyacinths--maybe that color has a fragrance. Thanks for your comment.