Portrait of Lady Bird Johnson

Portrait of Lady Bird Johnson

Wildness and Beauty

May 02, 2012

First ladies are often overshadowed by their Presidential husbands.  And some of these women are forgotten. Lady Bird Johnson will not be overlooked.  Her passion for beautifying and appreciating the landscape of America has inspired many of us.

This year is the Centennial celebration of Lady Bird Johnson’s birth.  As First Lady, her enduring legacy was as an environmentalist for the preservation of our native wildflowers in a field or along a road. The Highway Beautification Act was adopted due to her advocacy.  She was especially fond of the Texas bluebonnets, but enjoyed all native wildflowers.  She and Helen Hayes dedicated the National Wildflower Research Center in 1982, which later was renamed the Lady Bird Wildflower Center in 1998. read more