Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Visitor experience at Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center

In the past I have had the pleasure of visiting the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. The center, a little south of Austin, TX is a beautiful example of mission and business practice being aligned.

Buildings are built using sustainable green building practices.

Cooling stone breezeways were designed to give visitors a place to get out of the sun, as well as cool the buildings. Note the chilled drinking water dispenser on the right.

This water cistern collects and holds rainwater for use by the facility, while also being beautifully striking.

Tip of the Day: My only constructive critique is about their name. While Lady Bird Johnson is beloved in Texas, her name doesn't convey what this facility is truly about. And "wildflower center" conjures up an image of wide-open fields of Texas bluebonnets, not this wonderful garden, shop, cafe, and research facility. Since writing this original post, the Center is now part of the University of Texas at Austin. I hope they consider a more descriptive and customer-friendly name brand to get visitors to see this wonderful garden.

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