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Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Gets $1M Donation

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AUSTIN (AP) - A daughter of former President Lyndon B. Johnson and her husband have given $1 million to a wildflower center named for her mother.

The University of Texas on Wednesday announced the donation from Luci Baines Johnson and Ian Turpin. The money for the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center will be used to develop a $3.7 million family garden in the couple’s name.

Luci Baines Johnson says her mother’s dream was that the center would inspire future generations to care for the environment.

Groundbreaking is expected next year on the family garden designed by landscape architect W. Gary Smith.

The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is a self-sustaining organized research unit of UT.

LBJ died in 1973. The former first lady died in 2007.

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