A salute to Lady Bird

When you think about LBJ, most likely, you don’t think about Lady Bird Johnson and bluebonnets.

Not unless it’s April and you live in Texas.

In the Lone Star State, we say thank you to Lady Bird every year as we look forward to bluebonnet season and the Texas-size fields of wild flowers that line many of our highways.

The former first lady and actress Helen Hayes founded an organization to protect and preserve North America’s native plants and natural landscape in 1982. Today that organization is The University of Texas at Austin Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, and it has played an important role in filling our open spaces with magnificent blue flowers.

“My heart found its home long ago in the beauty, mystery, order and disorder of the flowering earth,” Lady Bird said in 1966. I found that quote recently in the April issue of Texas Highways magazine.
–Joy

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