|Lady Bird Johnson/1987|
Lady Bird Johnson co-founded the National Wildflower Research Center along with actress Helen Hayes in 1982. The National First Ladies Library states on their website that, "She made a personal donation of sixty acres of land near Austin, and $125,000; matching gifts flooded in, establishing a $700,000 endowment and the center opened the following year (National First Ladies Library: Biography of Lady Bird Johnson)."
The center was renamed it's present name of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in December 1997 in honor of Johnson's 85th birthday. The center became a part of the research program of the University of Texas at Austin in 2006 (Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center).
More information about Lady Bird Johnson and her appreciation of wildflowers can be found at these websites.
- LBJ Library: Lady Bird Johnson
- National First Lady Library: Biography of Lady Bird Johnson
- Austin Woman Magazine, Lady Bird's Blooming Legacy, April 2003
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