Luci and Ian Family Garden at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Address: 
Austin, TX
United States
Project Size: 
4.5 acres
Project type: 
Open Space- Garden
Site Context: 
Suburban
Former Land Use: 
Greenfield
Terrestrial Biome: 
Temperate Grasslands, Savannas & Shrublands
Budget: 
$5,000,000
Project overview: 

The Luci and Ian Family Garden showcases Texas native plants and landscapes while offering a unique, beautiful space for children and families to appreciate nature through exploration and to learn about plants, wildlife and water, and sustainable landscape design elements. The 4.5-acre space features more than 180 native Texas plant species and interactive features such as a nectar garden, a wildlife blind and pond, a “stumpery” made for jumping and climbing, and an area for building structures from natural materials. Sustainable practices are part of the fabric of the garden, and include plants that were salvaged pre-construction and replanted, and a rainwater harvesting system and rain gardens to demonstrate water conservation. Locally sourced pecan shells and crushed recycled glass are among the mulches. Stone harvested on site is used in features such as two caves, and non-potable water feeds a waterfall flowing into a recirculating creek with fish and tadpoles.

photography by: Brian Birzer, Jessica Pages, Dennis Fagan, Andrea DeLong-Amaya