I have been reading about a national conference held in the 1960's about natural beauty held at the White House and co-chaired by Lady Bird Johnson. Her vision led to many programs and projects throughout the United States as well as the creation of the Lady Bird Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas.
The Center celebrates the use of native plants in a sensitively designed, sustainable setting with architecture reminiscent of Spanish missions, Texas Hill Towns and ranches. It has a series of gardens, educational facilities,a cafe, library, trails and an arboretum. A children's garden will open in 2014.
An active research facility, the Center's gardens and landscape are a learning laboratory accompanied by signage and extensive audio tours. Water and shade are used throughout to provide respite from the warm and sunny (except when I was there) climate.