Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Est. 1995

4801 La Crosse Avenue, Austin, TX, United States

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Get lost amongst the wildflowers at this stunning garden and event space in Austin. 
Boasting the largest assortment of Texas-native plants in one space, you can surround yourself with the beauty of nature while celebrating with friends, and, in turn, help the Center with its efforts toward sustainable use and conservation.
The Lowdown
Type
Ballroom
Banquet Hall / Event Facility
Field / Forest / Orchard
Garden
Historic Building
Views
Courtyard
Forest
Garden
Lagoon/Pond
Landscaped Grounds
Meadow/Field
Valley
Water Feature
Style
Bohemian
Classic
Eco
Garden Party
Tuscan
BEST type of CELEBRATIONS
Anniversary / Engagement Party
Bridal Shower
Charity Event
Corporate Event
Dinner Party
Elopement / Vow Renewal
Family Reunion
Holiday Party
LGBT Weddings
Rehearsal Dinner / Welcome Reception
Retreats: Corporate, Spa, Wellness, Etc.
Social Event
Wedding Ceremony
Wedding Reception
Workshops: Creative, Photo, Etc.

Venue Setting

Wildflower Center Facility Rentals
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
 
What Interior/Exterior spaces are available for event venue rentals?         
INT = Interior, EXT = Exterior
 
Entry Way (EXT)
Courtyard (EXT)
Gallery (INT)
Auditorium (INT)
Little House (INT Kids’ Room or Bridal/Groom's’ Suite)
Library (INT Bridal/Groom's’ Suite)
Color Garden (EXT)
Display Gardens (EXT popular for cocktail hour)
Butterfly Garden (EXT with stream and pond)
Family Garden Pavilion (EXT awning over outdoor pavilion area)
McDermott Learning Center “MLC” (INT at additional $500 rental fee)
Buildings not available for rental: Gift Shop and Administrative Offices
 
What is the venue capacity?
 The suggested guest limit for Ceremony and Reception events is 200 max.
 
Auditorium (INT Ceremony Site):
250 Max, 232 seats provided for Ceremony (inclimate weather scenario)
 
Visitor’s Gallery (INT Reception Room):
Seats 120 comfortably for dinner setting with 12 round/rectangular tables (seated with 10 each) to also allow a dance floor seats up to 160 with 16 round/rectangular tables with no dance floor. Option for additional seating: how many tables outside of the gallery under the large outside covered area
 
Library (INT Bridal/Groom's’ Suite):
Tables and chairs provided = 22 capacity
 
Courtyard (EXT):
250 Max (no rain plan; tenting the courtyard is not permitted)
Seated Rounds = 250
Seated Rectangular = 250
 
McDermott Learning Center “MLC” (INT):
100 capacity for standing cocktail hour
How many seated?
Rounds = 100 capacity
Rectangular = 100 capacity
 
What is the rain plan for ceremony, reception, etc?
Ceremony in Auditorium for up to 250 seated (seats are installed)
*Suggested Lighting Plan through ILIOS for Auditorium
Gallery for Reception: Dinner and Dance Floor (120-160 capacity)

Additional options for “cocktail hour” such as the Library (Bridal Suite)?
Bridal Suite can then be used as Helen Hays’ suite, which is a little room upstairs of the library, it’s not as big, but nice.
 
How do event guests travel from Point A to Point B in rain/inclement weather?
Note: Traveling between INT spaces will be expose guests to the elements, umbrellas are recommended

What is the pricing for rentals (Daytime vs Evening)?
 
Daytime Rentals = 8:00am-4:00pm
Access is limited to INT spaces (Library, classrooms, Auditorium, Family Garden Pavilion, Conference Room)
 
Library = $350 / $320 (with 20% discount) and/or Classroom = $350 / $320 (with 20% discount) can be rented as a Daytime Rental between the hours 8:00am-4:00pm before an Evening Event Rental. There is a 20% discount (for the daytime rental portion only) for clients that have booked an evening rental for the same date. *Based on availability. These spaces can be added onto an evening rental at later date, but availability cannot be guaranteed. It is advised to book the INT spaces at time of booking Evening Rental.
 
Wedding Ceremony Rehearsal?
 All INT and EXT spaces open to the public are accessible during “open hours” (9:00am-3:00pm) to run through a Ceremony Rehearsal for one hour max. Also note: the venue is open to the public, so people will be on site at the venue, the space will not be private. *The Auditorium may be rented during the day for private access, based on availability.
 
Is the venue ADA Accessible?
Yes. Wheelchairs are available upon request at the main entrance of the venue.

What is the general timeline for weddings?
4:00pm is the absolute earliest time (no exceptions) for load-in/setup for events in the public areas. Specific interior spaces can be rented for Daytime Rentals between the hours of 8:00am-4:00pm (inquire within). Ceremonies begin at 6:00pm or later to allow enough time for event setup before guest arrival time. 11:30pm is the latest cut-off time for music and bar service. Full Load Out and Breakdown must be finished no later than 1:00am. No rental items or event materials can remain on property after event rental end time to be specified in event questionnaire. Once the rental end time is confirmed through the Facility Rentals Department, the client and all property must be off-site by the confirmed time. No additional time can be purchased or added onto an agreement at a later date.
Fees
(Prices listed here are estimates only & are subject to change)
Price Range

Does this include catering fees?

No

Additional Charges

Catering Fee

Insurance

Additional Insurance May Be Required Depending On The Event

Capacity

Seated
250
Buffet
250
Standing
250
Celebrations Hosted Here Since
1995
Curfew
12 AM
Venue Spaces
Indoor & Outdoor Venue Spaces Available
Catering
Client Must Select A Caterer From The List Provided By The Venue
Alcohol
BYO Permitted – You Can Bring Your Own Alcohol
Licensed Server Is Required
Music
Indoors & Outdoors
Smoking
Non-smoking Venue
Eco/Green Events
Yes
Kid Friendly Events
Yes
Handicap Accessible
Yes
Other
Yes
Amenities
  • Bridal Suite/Changing Rooms Onsite
  • Street Parking
  • Wifi
  • Ample Parking Onsite
  • Onsite Restrooms
Venue Features
The Scene:
The Wildflower Center’s gardens display the native plants of the Central Texas Hill Country, South and West Texas, while the Plant Conservation Program protects the ecological heritage of Texas by conserving its rare and endangered flora.
Design:
The spectacular stone architecture is nationally recognized, the stone courtyard and window front gallery are warm and inviting, and the beauty of the garden is unsurpassed.
Standout Venue Features:
Endless possibilities and unique settings to host any event with idealistic event rain plans in interior spaces.
Celebration Locations
Courtyard (EXT):
Ideal for outdoor ceremony and/or dining, as well as dancing with band or DJ
- View: Stone Courtyard with pond and gardens backdrop
- Max Capacity: 250
Visitor’s Gallery (INT Reception Room):
Glass front windows, Stone building, High Vaulted Ceilings, with built in bar and basement rooms
- View: Open Field Gardens and Courtyard
- Max Capacity: 160
Auditorium (INT Ceremony Site):
232 seats in auditorium setting with screen for projection
- View: stone building structure
- Max Capacity: 250
McDermott Learning Center “MLC” (INT):
Historical Building relocated onto the property
- View: Courtyard and Gardens
- Max Capacity: 100
- Price: Join the party and sign in to view pricing
Library:
Vaulted ceilings, open room with upstairs balcony, tall glass windows for cocktail hour or bridal/groom suite
- View: Fields of Gardens
- Max Capacity: 100
Eats & Drinks
Food, Restaurants, Cafes, Bars & Lounges
Food, Restaurants, Cafes:
On Site Cafe during daytime/public hours before 4:00pm
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