Sat. Jul 13th, 2024

Dan and Nancy Garrison, co-founders of Texas’ first legal whiskey distillery, Garrison Brothers, presented a check for $30,000.00 to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center to help fund efforts in research, preservation and public programming of native plants and to continue Mrs. Johnson’s environmental legacy. 

In May 2023, Garrison Brothers released a new expression called Lady Bird. This exceptional bourbon creation was first aged for 4 years in new white American oak barrels before being infused with Burleson’s Texas Wildflower Honey for 8 months. The bourbon was then transferred to French XO Cognac casks, which matured for 3 years. Bottled at a potent 114 proof, Lady Bird Bourbon is hand-sealed with a distinct Prairie Purple wax. The initial release, just over 5,900 bottles, helped raise awareness and funds. Garrison Brothers Distillery donates $5 for every bottle of Lady Bird sold to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. Each bottle is decorated with a packet of wildflower seeds, and bourbon drinkers are encouraged to spread them nationwide. 

“Nancy and Dan Garrison have been incredible supporters of the Wildflower Center for many years, and we’re so grateful for their continued support in this unique way,” said Lee Clippard, Executive Director of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center. “It’s a testament to Garrison Brothers Distillery’s commitment to the community and our environment.” 

As a former Advisory Council member and longtime supporter of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, I am thrilled to be able to continue working with this special non-profit. At Garrison Brothers, we believe that good bourbon can change the world, and with our new Lady Bird bourbon, we can help raise funds and awareness for this beautiful cause,” shared Nancy Garrison, co-founder of Garrison Brothers. 

Garrison Brothers is committed to preserving and restoring Texas’ native plants, flowers, parks, and waterways.

About The University of Texas Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Founded in 1982 by Lady Bird Johnson and Helen Hayes, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center is part of The University of Texas at Austin and is complementary to the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library and the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. In 2017, the Texas Legislature designated it the Botanic Garden and Arboretum of Texas. The Wildflower Center welcomes more than 240,000 people to its gardens annually, fulfilling its mission to inspire the conservation of native plants through research, education, outreach and horticultural programs. It embodies Mrs. Johnson’s environmental legacy, which she noted, “Our Center works for more than the lovely blossoms in our open spaces. We are concerned for North America’s native plants, from the smallest sprout to the tallest tree.”

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