Ever driven past one of the increasing number of flower-filled medians or parks in Houston and wondered where those blossoms came from? If they're wildflowers, there's a good chance they were planted during the Houston Parks and Recreation Department's annual Lady Bird Johnson Tribute on Saturday morning.
Now celebrating its 10th year, the Lady Bird Johnson Tribute sees volunteers descend on a chosen number of grassy areas across the city, planting a mixture of various wildflower seeds for Houstonians' future enjoyment. The beautification project honors former First Lady of the United States Claudia Alta "Lady Bird" Johnson, native East Texan and wife to President Lyndon B. Johnson, who famously planted wildflowers throughout Washington, D.C. during her time in the White House. Later, back in Texas, she co-founded Austin's Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, which today is considered the best wildflower-viewing site in the state.
This year, the annual Lady Bird Johnson Tribute will plant seeds in eight parks and along one esplanade. Volunteers are still needed for four of the sites: Herman Brown Park in Northshore at Oates Road and Mercury Drive; Spotts Park in the Sixth Ward near the cloverleaf formed at Memorial Drive and Waugh; Robert C. Stuart Park in Golfcrest at 7250 Bellfort; and the West Orem Esplanades in southwest Houston between Hiram Clarke and Almeda Road.
Planting will kick off tomorrow, Saturday, November 5 at 9 a.m. For more information on the wildflower beautification project or to volunteer, visit the Houston Parks and Recreation Department online.