by Duane A. Bender
This gallery is part of the Daily Photo Community that attempts to post a photo every day.
In the short time that I have participated, I have enjoyed reading comments (and rereading comments from days past) and viewing other's galleries for ideas and inspiration.
All images ©Copyright Duane A. Bender 2009.
May 4, 2009 -"Theme Gardens" - This panoramic was created from 7 photos shot at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin.
"Our 16 unique gardens are designed to inspire, to educate and to demonstrate the beauty of native plants. We want them to serve as models for homeowners as they restore their own property to a more natural state.
The Theme Gardens are an extensive exhibit of Texas natural areas. Here, 23 beds demonstrate just a few of the infinite varieties, uses and adaptations of plants native to the Texas. See gardens typical of different regions, as well as a garden dedicated to the botanists who chronicled Texas plants. Other gardens demonstrate techniques for attracting butterflies and hummingbirds, using water and rock features and protecting your plants from voracious deer."
"Lady Bird Johnson, our former first lady, and actress Helen Hayes founded an organization in 1982 to protect and preserve North America's native plants and natural landscapes. First as the National Wildflower Research Center and later as the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, this special place exists to introduce people to the beauty and diversity of wildflowers and other native plants. Every day, the Wildflower Center brings life to Mrs. Johnson's vision in its public gardens, its woodlands and sweeping meadows as well as in internationally influential research. In 2006, the Center became an Organized Research Unit of the University of Texas at Austin."