DALLAS -- Texas' National Wildflower Research Center is $12,000 richer, thanks to the Zale Corporation and Lady Bird Johnson.
Mrs. Johnson appeared Saturday at Corrigan's Jewelry at NorthPark Center to unveil a new line of English porcelain flower sculpture based on American wildflowers.
Among the 'botanically correct' offerings is a duplicate in porcelain of the Texas bluebonnet.
The former first lady also autographed copies of her book, 'Wildflowers Across America.'
As a memento of the occasion, Zale senior Vice President Ed Jaben gave Mrs. Johnson a $12,000 check to benefit the wildflower center.
The company manufacturing the porcelain will also donate part of the collection's sales profits to the research center, which was established by Mrs. Johnson in 1982.
The center, which occupies 60 acres on the Colorado River near Austin, serves as a national clearinghouse for information on wildflowers. It is supported mainly through private and corporate donations.