Miss Ladybird’s Legacy

by Stefani on 2-June-2009

We’re having a good time here romping around the fields learning the names of our area wildflowers.
And we’re having an awfully good time imagining all our May Book of Days families rambling the roadsides too!

Clasping Coneflower

Here are a few resources for those folks out taking time to stop and smell the wildflowers.

First, we highly recommend Kathi Appelt’s sweet book, Miss Lady Bird’s Legacy: How a First Lady Changed America.

It is such a sweet, endearing tale that follows our beloved Ladybird from childhood to her founding of the National Wildflower Research Center (now the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center). It’s a biography, yes, but one that is filled with color and spunk… one that will no doubt inspire.

After roaming the fields and taking lots of photos of wildflowers we took a little jaunt to the Wildflower Center to learn more about their names, needs and habitats. The Wildflower Center is, as Kathi Appelt Says, “a living laboratory… located in Texas, its impact is nationwide. Scientist from across the country conduct research there in landscape restoration, plant conservation, horticulture and environmental education.” It’s full of rambling trails, gorgeous landscapes, butterflies and the chance to get up close and personal with the wild in all her glory.

A Nice Place to Sit a Spell

A visit there also went a long way to helping us learn the names of the flowers that we have found along the path.

Thank you, Ladybird!

If you can’t make it to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center you can do the next best thing and check out their website. There’s a searchable photo database to help you in identification, lots of how-to articles and some great downloads and ideas for helping kids investigate native natural wonders.

Closer Still

And don’t forget, even though May has come and gone there’s lots of great tips for learning about wildflowers in the May edition of the Book of Days. You’ll learn all about the parts of flowers, how to make and use a flower press, what to carry in your pack when you’re out investigating wildflowers, and how to use your pressed flowers to create an herbarium.

You can also check out the guide to our own local flowers that we are making over on our family blog, Blue Yonder.

Now get out there and enjoy the wildflowers!

Butterfly Man

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