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Immerse Yourself in Nature in the Heart of Downtown Austin

This spring, you’ll be able to get lost exploring thousands of native plants and blooming wildflowers in Waterloo Park’s Hill Country Garden.

Just a short walk from the State Capitol, The University of Texas at Austin, and the Red River Cultural District, parkgoers can take a break from the city life and take in the sights and sounds of nature.

A whopping 91,904 plants and 524 trees will fill the revitalized, 11-acre Waterloo Park in downtown Austin by spring 2021. More than 95% of the plantings are native to the area and were selected in a collaborative effort between local landscape architecture firm dwg., world-renowned architects at Michael Van Valkenburgh and Associates, Inc., and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

The diverse mix of delicate plants that were incorporated into Waterloo Park’s Hill Country Garden represent a wide range of species that are indigenous to Central Texas. “It’s a celebration of our native plants,” says dwg. Landscape Architect Cassie Bergstrom Gowan. “The plantings at Waterloo Park are a symphony of color that are geared toward attracting pollinators, hummingbirds, and other wildlife.”