Family garden opens at Wildflower Center

AUSTIN (KXAN) – A beautiful new garden opened Sunday at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

The 4.5 acre Luci and Ian Family Garden, named for Johnson and her husband, Ian Turpin, is the only native plant garden in Central Texas developed for families and is designed to encourage hands-on, creative outdoor play, with sustainable features including giant birds’ nests, a creek, caves and a maze.

“It’s been about 15 years in the making from the first dream to the inception,” said Luci Baines Johnson.

She greeted garden visitors at the grand opening Sunday.

“What I’m hoping my grandchildren take away from this trip is an appreciation of nature and an appreciation for what the Johnson family has done for the City of Austin and all of our beautiful wildflowers and this wonderful garden,” attendee Katie Dougherty said.

“It was an amazing opportunity to meet Luci,” Dougherty’s granddaughter Maya said. “Because she helped make this garden, and I love nature so much.”

“A love of the natural world… and the discovery… and the laughter… and the learning… and the family moments that they can have to treasure forever and ever,” Luci said. “If so, our dreams will come true. I know this is a dream come true for mama.”

Click here to see Shannon Wolfson’s full interview with Luci Baines Johnson. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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