Texas In Bloom
Mar 08, 2013 02:44PM
● By tina
4,600 species of wildflowers come to life across Texas each spring - Photo Courtesy of BluDoor Studios
Claudia Alta Taylor, better known as Lady Bird Johnson, grew up in the northeast Texas city of Karnack. As a young girl, she first connected with nature along the shores of Caddo Lake near the Louisiana border. Later in life, as the wife of Lyndon Baines Johnson, the 36th president of the United States, Lady Bird grew her love of nature into a lifetime of environmental achievements. One such accomplishment was the enactment of the Highway Beautification Act. Signed in 1965, it called for the general beautification of the nation’s roadways.
Today, native plants adorn our nation’s parks and public spaces while countless miles of lush roadside retreats continue to be seeded and reseeded each year. Thanks in part to her vision, 4,600 species of wildflowers come to life across Texas each spring. Lady Bird passed away in the summer of 2007, but her passion for natural beauty lives on wherever flowers bloom.
Photo of Lady Bird Johnson by Frank Wolfe, courtesy of Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, UT Austin
Photo courtesy of BluDoor Studios