At a $7.00 a person admission fee, I'm not quite sure it's really worth a trip to the Wildflower Center. It is a pretty place with lots of wildflowers and cacti and a even a sinkhole and a tower, but unless you love flowers, are a nature enthusiast, and have lots of time to spend in Austin, don't go. I actually would recommend Zilker Botanical Gardens over the Wildflower Center. The main difference is that parts of the Wildflower Center are based on nature. The Botanical Gardens are largely obviously man-made. The Wildflower Center does have some interesting research areas, though. There are plots of land that are mowed once a year, three times a year, and not at all. There are plots that are burned once a year or so. It's neat seeing how that can affect the growth in the area. The Wildflower Center also has some trails which are very easy to walk. It's a nice little spot in Austin, but I like Zilker Botanical Gardens better.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Originally called the National Wildflower Research Center, it's designed to educate the public of the necessity, economic value and beauty of native plants. And that's just what it says on their website.
Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center
Visit the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. The Center is more than just a botanical garden of native plants, it is an expression of our founder’s love of the land and its natural beauty.
Stroll among the display gardens where hummingbirds and butterflies abound; see one of the largest rainwater harvesting systems in the country; meditate on the beauty of a Hill Country Stream; visit Wild Ideas: The Store, our world-class gift shop, and dine at the Wildflower Café.