Lady Bird Center Getting Arboretum

Wednesday, Aug 18, 2010  |  Updated 8:15 AM CDT
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Lady Bird Center Getting Arboretum

Cathey Davis

AT THE LADY BIRD JOHNSON WILD SEED FARM...

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The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin is getting an arboretum.

The University of Texas says a $1.4 million donation will pay for the project. The money is from the San Antonio Area Foundation.

UT says the Mollie Steves Zachry Texas Arboretum will display all 53 species of oak trees that are native to the state. The 16 acres will also have a Hall of Texas Heroes, featuring offshoots of historically significant trees, such as Austin's Treaty Oak, the Alamo Live Oak and the Sam Houston Kissing Bur Oak.

The funding was announced Tuesday. The arboretum is expected to open in early 2012.

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