Basics

  • Founded: 1982
  • Founders: Lady Bird Johnson and Helen Hayes
  • Location: Austin, Texas
  • Ecoregion: Edward’s Plateau and Blackland Prairie
  • Coordinates: 30.1854° N, 97.8705° W
Gardens & Campus

  • 279 acres of gardens, woodlands and savannas
  • 100 species of native Texas trees displayed in the 16-acre Texas Arboretum
  • The only 100% native plant family garden in Texas
  • More than 800 species of Texas native plants growing in the gardens, the most diverse collection of Texas native plants in North America
  • 68,500 gallon rain storage system
  • 100,000 plants grown annually in the nursery
  • 1,800 insect species on site, including 93 types of butterflies
  • More than 148 bird species and 15 mammals recorded
  • Sustainable features include green roofs, solar panels and rainwater harvesting
Community

  • 850 volunteers
  • 128,225 visitors
  • 55 staff
  • 10,791 members
Restoration, Research & Design

  • 76 acres of plots for long-term research on prescribed fire
  • 12 simulated vegetated roofs studied to develop native green roofs for hot climates
  • Developed Habiturf®, a sustainable lawn option made of a mix of native grasses
  • Lead developer of SITES®, the most comprehensive landscape rating system in the U.S.
  • 400 acres of Blackland Prairie landscapes created in Texas
  • 9 landscape restoration plans developed for national parks in five states
Plant Conservation

  • 6 million seeds collected for the international Millennium Seed Bank project
  • 161,000 seeds collected from Texas ash trees threatened by an invasive insect
  • Seeds from 8 species vulnerable to extinction stockpiled
  • 19,900 sightings reported of aggressive, invasive plants or animals for Texas Invasives program
  • 7 flora surveys provided to national parks
Education & Outreach

2015-16 Fact Sheet