holfwLady Bird Johnson, champion of roadside beautification, once wrote, “Each year I try to save spring for wild flowers and me, circling my calendar late March and April and May and writing firmly across, “Hold for wild flower season.”

And these days, there’s no better place to celebrate spring than at The University of Texas at Austin Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.
From April 25 through May 31, the center’s McDermott Learning Center will feature The Spectacular Wow!, a Texas Highways photo exhibit showcasing the springtime images in this issue along with highlights from previous years.

Budding photographers, stay tuned to www.texashighways.com and our Facebook page for details on a wildflower-photography portfolio review with Texas Highways Photography Editor Brandon Jakobeit, Theresa DiMenno, Laura Vu, and other Texas Highways contributors, to take place the afternoon of April 25.

Save the date for other spring events during the Wildflower Center’s Wildflower Days (March 16-May 31), including exhibits of Shou Ping’s paper sculptures and Roger Foster’s limestone “oculars” (through May 31); the Artists & Artisans Festival March 21-22; and the Spring Native Plant Sale April 11-12. In addition to special events, visitors can photograph and learn about native plants in the display gardens, explore 3 miles of trails, and play in the Family Garden. Call 512/232-0100; www.wildflower.org.

And for details about this year’s wildflower photo contest, go to www.wildflower.org/photocontest.

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