The Beautification Project’s mission is to create a grand entrance to the Texas Hill Country and Highland Lakes Region for daily commuters, year-round  recreational visitors  and seasonal tourists.  This now rural highway intersection serves as a “welcome mat” to visitors who travel from far beyond Texas borders.

In an Adopt-A-Highway,  Landscape Partnership Agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) this project will extend from Fall 2016 through 2018 in seasonal  phases. Over fifty-six (56) acres of grassy median, easements and clover leaf sections of this highway  right-of way will be the focus of this beautification project.


The Welcome Mat

The Beautification Project’s mission is to plant wildflowers at the intersection of Highways US 281 and Texas 71, Mable Falls, Burnet County, Texas.  This intersection is the threshold of traffic from seasonal visitors from within Texas and from far beyond Texas borders.  In essence, this is the “Welcome Mat” to the Hill Country and the Highland Lakes.

Colorado River Map
Intersection Map

56 Acres

1125 Pounds of Wildflower Seed



PHASE  ONE of the project, a DONATION of Bradlee Mills, Owner and Operator of Mills Services of Kingsland, initiated November 2016,  provides professional Arborist care for  free standing and clusters of native oak trees. Unhealthy and Invasive vegetation will be removed under the supervision of TxDOT Johnson City Maintenance District. Bradlee Mills was among first to recognize that his professional services would make a major contribution to the Gateway landscape that would be enjoyed year round by commuters and help highlight  the annual Spring wildflower blooming season.  Professional Arborist services DONATED by Mills Services excess $9,770

PHASE TWO: 2017 & 2018 planting seasons:  Abundant wildflower seeding of medians, easements and cloverleaf sections. Native American Seed of  Junction Texas serves as consultant and supplier for this beautification project. The trademarked Lady Bird Legacy Wildflower Mix has been selected  for this project qualifying a portion of  seed purchases to be dedicated to The  University of Texas- Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center’s   “Seed Grants to Texas Schools”.  Projected cost of abundant wildflower seeding of fifty-six (56) acres of grassy medians, easements and cloverleaf sections of the Central Texas- Gateway to the Hill Country is estimated to exceed $62,000.

CSTH is staffed exclusively by VOLUNTEERS who share in the vision of restoring and preserving the natural landscapes of the Hill County. To volunteer to help promote this project within your community contact

Individuals, organizations and businesses are urged to support  this community initiative.



Native American Seed has partnered with the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center to offer this legacy seed mix.  Components of the mix are amount Lady Bird’s favorites, and are well-suited to Central Texas.

Comprised of annuals and perennials, there will be blooms from spring – early summer.  Lyndon Baines Johnson championed scores of environmental bills during his presidency of the United States.  With his wife, Lady Bird, at his side, the two worked tirelessly to clean up America’s highways, promote conservation and preserve the country’s natural landscapes.

The seed mix includes the following: Texas Bluebonnet, Indian Blanket, Black-Eyed Susan, Winecup, Purple Coneflower, Lemon Mint, Prairie Verbena, Indian Paintbrush, Pink Evening Primrose, Plains Coreopsis

Purple Coneflower
Plains Coreopsis
Texas Bluebonnet
Indian Paintbrush
Black Eyed Susan
Pink Evening Primrose
Indian Blanket
Prairie Verbena Pic 500
Lemon Mint


Purchase a bag of seed for the project or

Sponsor a few acres.  Together we will

create a Hill Country wildflower season

splendor for generations to come.


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The Beautification Project is a great

opportunity for individuals, groups, and

organizations to come together and

make a difference!