Long before it was de rigueur, Lady Bird Johnson believed in the power of beautiful, healthy landscapes to transform lives. “Where flowers bloom, so does hope.”
Upwards of 200 laws related to the environment were passed during the Johnson Administration (1963-1969), many of which are credited to the First Lady’s work.
In 1982, to mark her 70th birthday, Lady Bird and actress Helen Hayes founded the National Wildflower Research Center to protect and preserve North America’s native plants and natural landscapes. The nonprofit later moved to South Austin and was renamed the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in her honor.