The WIldflower Center proudly opens the Hall of Texas Heroes dedicated to historic Texas trees, Saturday, May 19

The Wildflower Center’s newest feature is The Mollie Steves Zachry Texas Arboretum. Developed as a classic arboretum, this is an interpreted collection where visitors can learn about the diversity of Texas trees in a relatively compact area. The ground plane is maintained in simple sweeps of native grasses and wildflowers, and pathways connect different groupings of trees. A major emphasis will be placed on Texas oaks, but many other woody species are included. The arboretum serves as a resource for tree-identification, field trips, and outdoor classes, and is the centerpiece of the Wildflower Center’s tree-related educational programs and events.

Welcome to the Hall of Texas Heroes where Texas history comes alive and the past is celebrated through the propagation of historically significant trees. Because of their iconic nature and long life, oak trees are often identified with historic places and events. The Wildflower Center is on a mission to collect acorns and grow the descendants of the historic trees of Texas. Since it will take several years to collect and grow these historic trees, we present an exhibit featuring the photography of Ralph Yznaga, who tells their stories in his book, Living Witness.

To see images that accompany this post from the Wildflower Center website, go to

http://www.wildflower.org/arboretum/?id=heroes