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Lady Bird Johnson celebrated at wildflower center

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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center celebrated its founder Sunday.

The center in Southwest Austin center featured several new exhibits on former first lady Lady Bird Johnson Sunday. Newly on display were pens used by President Lyndon B. Johnson to sign conservation bills pushed by his wife Lady Bird.

The event served as a tribute for the former first lady who championed conservation and beautification projects across Central Texas.

"She decided that conservation was going to be her mission as first lady," Saralee Tiede with the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center said. "She also worked on planting wildflowers along the roadways, and that's one of the things that people remember that Lady Bird Johnson planted blue bonnets along the highways."

The hike and bike trail around Lady Bird Lake was one of her projects here in Austin. Initially named Town Lake, it was renamed for the former first lady shortly after her deat in 2007.

"She moved ahead with her interest in the environment, she decided that conservation was going to be her mission as first lady,” Tiede said. “She did it very successfully and for years afterwards when she came back to Austin."

After this weekend, the Lady Bird Johnson exhibit will travel to botanic gardens in Washington DC and San Francisco.

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