Any trip to the Hill Country must include a stop at Wildseed Farms. It’s the largest working wildflower farm in the nation and is located just east of Fredericksburg on 290.
We decided to make a brief stop here to see if anything was in bloom and we were blown away! The farm is over 200 acres largely decorated with colorful blooms that are changing throughout the year. Stepping out of our car we quickly discovered there was much more here than just the colorful fields:
- Lantana Nursery – One of the largest plant nurseries in Central Texas – we scored some great succulents here. They also offer a large selection of pots in seemingly endless shapes, sizes and colors.
- Specialty Foods – Salsas, preserves, hot sauces, pickled veggies – many of which were available for a free tasting. After devouring some complimentary golden caramel corn nuggets we left with an armful of stuff including Bread & Butter Jalapeño Dip Mix, Habanero Garlic Salsa and Five Amigos Fire Roasted Pepper Salsa. Score!
- Apparel and Home Decor – There are tons of things to discover here – you can check out the virtual tour and have a look around.
- Seed Packets – It was hard to narrow down our selection to just a few – you can even buy seeds by the pound for larger landscaping projects.
You can visit Wildseed Farms online in a click – their website is quite extensive and you can even save a tree or two by viewing their digital seed catalog instead of having one snail mailed to you. While the website and digital catalog will quickly please the armchair gardener in you, nothing beats an in-person visit to the farm to enjoy the foods, smells, colors and the countless surprises that await in full splendor.
We’re not surprised Lady Bird Johnson was a frequent visitor here; the farm and folks are incredibly inclusive and easy to get to know – they’re open 7 days a week throughout the year, dog friendly, encourage free photo taking and they even let you stroll among the flowers with your wine and beer from the Brewbonnet Biergarten! What’s not to love about that?
As they say at Wildseed Farms: “Come for the flowers, and stay for the atmosphere!”
Green thumbs up!
~ Joe Paul Reider
Home Style Austin Founder
Keller Williams Realty, Inc.