Wildflower is published quarterly by the Wildflower Center. Its content is national in scope with articles about the conservation and use of native plants as well as news from the Wildflower Center. A subscription is provided to Wildflower Center members as a benefit of membership.
At Wildflower Center board meetings she carefully listens to the discussions, usually waiting to speak until others have taken their turn. Her questions and comments are usually the most direct and profound. She expects staff to be prepared and wants to know everything about the Center. Her questions range from the current financial condition to what is in bloom in our gardens. She is the most eloquent person I have ever known, capturing in a few words or sentences the heart of complex issues. As one friend and Center board member has said: "When Mrs. Johnson speaks prose, it comes out poetry." A recent stoke has impaired her speech, but not her spirit. She expresses with her eyes and gestures the joy she feels at seeing an old friend or a lovely flower. She intently follows the discussions that take place around her. Totally unassuming, she laughs often, even at herself. And, she always expresses her gratitude and support for the staff, board members, volunteers, and members of the Center. Indeed, as I think about the future of the Wildflower Center, I trust that it will be all of these qualities that will mark its character for a long time to come. Each day Mrs. Johnson gives us a living legacy of positive and gracious but determined action for a vision of a more beautiful world -- a legacy that will nourish and sustain us into the future. Thank you Mrs. Johnson, and happy birthday!
Robert G. Breunig, Ph.D.