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Lady Bird Johnson is still trying to turn people on to the joys of nature.

"I get sort of a psychic income from understanding my world," Mrs. Johnson, 82, said Monday during an interview at the National Wildflower Research Center, which she founded in 1982. "I really do want to underline that joy, that is what I have fed upon these many years."

The center, a $9.5 million project set in southwest Austin, will focus on educating the public and returning native plants, trees and wildflowers to the area.

"I hope (visitors will) have some more interest and respect in their world around them; pick up a few of the names of the trees, wildflowers, grasses; (and) think about incorporating them into something that they're doing," Mrs. Johnson said.

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