|This is my best photo of the expansive front courtyard. You can find a map of the 284 acre property here.|
|This is a partial view of the Seed Silo Garden. The seed silo itself can be seen in the upper right of this photo.|
|Umbrellas and plastic rain ponchos, included in the swag bags handed out to Flingers when we checked in, began making an appearance as I entered the Central Garden|
|The Wildflower Center features 800 species of plants native to Texas. This photo and the next one were taken in the Theme Garden area.|
|I think this photo was taken in the Pollinator Habitat Garden as I moved in the direction of the Luci and Ian Family Garden, designed to provide families an opportunity to interact with the natural environment|
|The Family Garden includes a stumpery|
|as well as this spiral mosaic structure.|
My favorite area was the Dinosaur Creek, although it had begun to pour by the time I reached it.
|It included a grotto with a waterfall,|
|facsimile dinosaur tracks,|
|and caves. As you may be able to tell from the rain spattered photo, it was raining hard at this point.|
I began paying attention to the fact that the rain was accompanied by thunder and lightning and I realized that carrying an umbrella wasn't a bright idea.
|This is the last photo I took before joining several other bloggers under the roof of the Robb Family Pavilion you can see in the background of this photo|
I stowed my umbrella and put on the rain poncho while we waited to see if the rain was going to let up. It didn't. As the downpour got worse, we collectively decided it'd be prudent to head back to cover in the central courtyard area. With the wind blowing, our rain ponchos didn't provide much protection. We all got soaked. Most of the bloggers did. In the women's restroom, some bloggers even tried using the hand-driers to dry their clothes. However, as the rain continued almost unabated for the entire day, all or most of us spent the day wet. When we reboarded our bus, I noticed that my phone showed an emergency flood alert.
Someday, I hope to return to the Wildflower Center for a more complete tour under sunnier skies. Right now, I wouldn't complain if we got a rainstorm like the one that battered Austin that day. There have been monsoonal rains to the east of us recently but we've experienced nothing other than heightened humidity here and another heatwave is expected to envelop us next week. In the meantime, I hope to make the most of a warm, sunny weekend. I hope you have the opportunity to do the same!
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