Wildseed Farms, the largest working wildflower farm in the nation, is fun for the whole family. And, it's a great place to spend a relaxing day in the beautiful Texas Hill country! Acres of Texas Bluebonnets, Corn Poppies, Verbenas, and many other species are planted for seed production. the flower fields in bloom are SPECTACULAR!
Wildseed Farms is located 7 miles east of Fredericksburg, Texas, between Fredericksburg and Stonewall, Texas.
Open seven days a week, 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Visit their website at: www.wildseedfarms.com
Through the ages, Mother Nature worked alone splashing the countryside with brilliant colors. Today, Wildseed Farms in Fredericksburg lends a hand. John R. Thomas, Wildseed's founder and president, knows that color reigns on the vast, open fields along the highways. In 1983, there were very few sources for wildflower seeds; the seeds that were available were prohibitively expensive. The public's love of wildflowers and demands from landscape contractors and the highway department motivated Thomas to turn his sideline turf seeding business into a full-time wildflower farm. In addition, he developed a machine to plant the tiny seeds and another to harvest them. Then the new company pioneered the practice of planting wildflowers in rows on large acreage.
Today, Wildseed Farms is the largest working wildflower farm in the U.S. At its Hill Country headquarters, the farm has more than 200 acres under cultivation. In Eagle Lake, the growing, packing and distribution center has another 800 acres under production. Wildseed Farms produces 88 varieties of wildflower seeds, which are available individually and as regional mixes, specialty mixes or custom blends.
There is a growing market for top-quality wildflower seeds. The farm attracts the attention of people all over the country through retail sales, catalog sales and consumer education. At its Wildflower Market Center, seven miles east of Fredericksburg on Highway 290, fields of wildflowers bloom from March through October, boosting retail sales. More than 350,000 people a year stop by the Center. Visitors can explore walking trails, watch the farm staff work and take photos. They can buy wildflower seeds and pick up one of the farm's award-winning and extremely informative catalogs. And, for shopping and sipping, there's a gift shop and the Brewbonnet Biergarten.
Wildseed Farms has earned numerous awards and recognitions:
* Wildseed Farms Market Center won the 2001 National Garden Center Magazine Innovator Award for merchandising and management.
The Meadows at Wildseed Farms
The Meadows at Wildseed Farms features over 80 acres of "Flower Fields", gorgeous "Display Gardens", colorful "Walking Trails", and "Trial Plots" that contain hundreds of beautiful plant and flower varieties. Be sure and bring your camera! Photo opportunities abound! Photograph your family and friends in a sea of colorful wildflowers. Different seasons naturally feature different growth stages of these crops, and a field of red poppies in the springtime may be a field of cosmos or zinnias when you come back for a summer visit!
Our flower fields in bloom are SPECTACULAR! Planted for seed production, acres of Texas bluebonnets, corn poppies, verbenas, and many other species are accessible to the public in "The Meadows" area.
Pottery and Plant Nursery at Wildseed Farms
The Plant Nursery at Wildseed Farms is perhaps the best in the Texas Hill Country. Offering a large selection of Texas Natives, Grasses, Herbs, Trees, Roses, Ornamentals and a wonderful selection of pottery and statuary.
BrewBonnet Biergarten at Wildseed Farms
Plenty of refreshing cold drinks, delicious peach ice cream, tasty snacks, an incredible selection of beer and Texas Wine, and fine specialty foods are available in the beautiful Brew-Bonnet Biergarten. Sample our salsas, jams and jellies, pickled vegetables, and sauces! Take time to relax on our covered patio and enjoy the delightful views of colorful flower fields and gorgeous gardens all around you!
The Market Center at Wildseed Farms
OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK 9:30 AM TO 5:00 PM CST
Blossoms Apparel and Home Decor offers a wonderful collection of clothing, jewelry and accessories especially selected just for you by Marilyn Thomas! Whether you're shopping for yourself or others, you'll find something special in our delightful ladies boutique.
The Market Center is also well stocked with a wide variety of gifts for home and garden. Our quality products are carefully selected from the finest markets. We invite you to browse through our store for a unique shopping experience!
Our Catalog features seeds for over 90 varieties of wildflowers, grasses, herbs and exotic garden variety seeds. Shop online for a selection of products from our Market Center, including specialty foods, gifts, books, garden products, custom seed packets for wedding or party favors, bird feeders and wildflower seeds!
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Sincere thanks to all VETERANS and their families on Veterans Day 2014!
"Cherish too, the Poppy red
that grows on fields where valor led,
It seems to signal to the skies
That blood of heroes never dies..."
FIRST FRIDAY ARTWALK
Bringing Art and Art Lovers together!
Enjoy fine wine from local wineries and the Fredericksburg ART scene!
Texas Hill Country #1
on The New York Times
31 Places to Go This Summer
"Who needs Europe? The Texas Hill Country, west of Austin and north of San Antonio, might be the next best thing to crossing the Atlantic. The region is lush, colorful and, unlike much of the pancake-flat state, dotted with beautiful green hills that are evocative of Tuscany or the south of France. Moreover, the region is speckled with 22 wineries that buzz with food and music festivals year round. And towns like Fredericksburg offer a taste of the Old World, with German-style biergartens and schnitzelhauser. "
#1 on Away.com's Top 10
Wine Regions in the United States Hill Country, TX: Texas Hill Country, north of San Antonio and west of Austin, is one of the nation's fastest growing wine destinations. Boasting 24 wineries along the Texas Wine Trail, this area is a must-see for its unparalleled wine diversity. Away.com's Top 10 Hidden-Gem Wine Regions In Your Backyard Sep 23, 2010
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Two of Texas' most respected artists join their talents to create an unsurpassed portrait of the Texas Hill Country. "Together, John Graves and Wyman Meinzer once again demonstrate that they are the foremost artists of the Texas landscape. The portrait they create in images and words is as close as you can come to the heart of the Hill Country without being there."
Stardust Carriage Service
Horse Drawn Carriage Rides for All Occasions!
Create romantic memories with horse-drawn carriage rides through historic Fredericksburg, Texas. Carriage rides are the perfect way to celebrate special occasions!
Call Margaret Creamer for reservations!
Hill Country Trail Riding
Enjoy the AMAZING and BEAUTIFUL Texas Hill Country on horseback!
Come explore 800 gorgeous acres of Texas Hill Country on horseback. Beautiful valleys, hills and views, creek crossings, wildlife and so much more! Adventure awaits you! Call Jen Bursaw to reserve your ride today!
Hill Country Bicycle Works
You can rent a bike at Hill Country Bicycle Works! Their rental fleets feature road and fitness hybrid bikes. It is recommended that you reserve your rental bike in advance, especially during holidays and weekends. They also have maps and recommendations for rides in and around Fredericksburg, Texas, and the surrounding Texas Hill Country! Located at 702 East Main. Closed Sundays and Wednesdays! 830-990-2609
Stagecoach Shuttle Service
Taxi & Transportation Service
Fredericksburg First Friday Food Ministry
A movable feast that welcomes everyone to the table.
Fredericksburg Food Ministry is an all-volunteer community-based food and hospitality ministry that provides residents of Fredericksburg and the surrounding communities, a "cloth napkin" dining experience on the first Friday of each month.
You have fed my tummy and my soul with food and blessings! Thank you for sharing your love with me.