Absolute Charm Luxury Bed and Breakfast
Torre di Pietra Winery
First Class Bed and Breakfast
Wine Road 290
Chocolat
Grape Creek Vineyard - Wine Tasting

Wildseed Farms

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.

800-848-0078

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.
* Wildseed Farms' Alamo Fire Bluebonnet was selected the 2001 best of show Novelty Plant in Europe's Fleuroselect Trials.
* Wildseed Farms' owner and founder, John R. Thomas, was recognized by the Professional Agricultural Workers of Texas for outstanding Leadership in Agribusiness for the year 2000.
* Wildseed Farms' 2000 Wildflower Reference Guide and Seed Catalog won the Judge's award at the 13th Annual Florida Printing Awards presentation.
* Wildseed Farms Market Center Building was selected by the Texas Forestry Association as the winner of the "Excellence in Wood Design" commercial division award in 1999.
* Wildseed Farms' video, "How to Plant Wildflowers" , won the award of excellence in two categories at the 1999 Ideography Awards.
* Wildseed Farms' 1998 Wildflower Reference Guide and Seed Catalog was voted Best of Category at the 11th Annual Florida Print Awards.
* Wildseed Farms' Wildflower Reference Guide and Seed Catalog was chosen as a finalist in the 1998 American Catalog Awards.
* Wildseed Farms' famous Growers Guide to Wildflowers has been honored with the "Award of Excellence" given by the Printing Industries Association of Texas.
* Wildseed Farms is the world's largest supplier of Texas Paintbrush, Indian Blanket, Texas Bluebonnet and Lance-leaved Coreopsis seed in bulk.
* Wildseed Farms is the exclusive seed producer of the Laura Bush Petunia - rated as a "Texas Superstar" by the Texas A&M Agriculture program.
* Wildseed Farms consults as well as designs with leading landscape architects and highway departments throughout the United States to maximize the use of native and non-native flora.
* Wildseed Farms is the only company that has planted over 3,000 acres of wildflowers for beautification purposes in the South.
* Wildseed Farms' John R. Thomas, received the 2002 "Award of Excellence" from the National Garden Club, Inc.
* Wildseed Farms' John R. Thomas is a current panel member of industry experts for the monthly Garden Center magazine.
* Wildseed Farms, spearheaded by John R. Thomas, was the first company to use wildflowers in a successful erosion control experiment for landscape architects and the Texas Highway Department.
* Wildseed Farms' Regional Wildflower Blends were awarded the Seal of Approval from the member-tested National Home and Gardening Club

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

The Market Center at Wildseed Farms is constructed of aromatic Eastern red cedar and limestone. Its awe-inspiring architectural features and fine craftsmanship make it one of the most impressive building complexes in the Texas Hill Country. It houses our Retail Center and features a huge selection of Texas gifts, specialty foods and fine ladies' apparel. You'll also find jewelry, unique gardening gadgets, teeshirts, toys,seasonal items, and, of course, wildflower seed grown on the farm.

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!

 

Jul 21
02:02

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Pure HEAVEN!


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Cracking open wheels of Hopelessly Bleu for competition. Come get some of the first bites at the @[366986536706823:274:Mueller Farmers Market] today from 10-2. The Bleu is limited this year, so come early and enjoy some of the best goat Bleu in the country.
Jul 20
17:57

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All this WHITE is for Marianne and Morgan, who like white crepe myrtles BEST! It's also for ALL OF YOU in the Fredericksburg Texas Online Community! WE just hit 5000 LIKES, and I just want to say THANKS TO ALL OF YOU! Because this page belongs to ALL of US! Thanks for following along on my journeys through the gardens and pastures... and wide open spaces of the beautiful Texas Hill Country! Thanks for your comments and suggestions, positive and negative! And... your STORIES! Keep them coming! Photos too! I want to see where you've been! Here's to ADVENTURE, my friends!
Practice the ART of LIVING! Prost!


Jul 20
17:10

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WHITE-Bonnets! So PRETTY!


Jul 20
17:06

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Put Sparkle in your garden.... WHITE flowers shine day and night!


Jul 20
16:52

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Beautiful WHITE Echinacea...


Jul 20
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Simple! Pure! Cooling! White...


Jul 20
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WHITE Myrtles for Marianne and Morgan!


Jul 20
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WHITE Myrtles for Marianne Yelvington Hutto and Morgan Kempf!


Jul 20
10:19

Fredericksburg Texas Online

Sunrise! Grateful for the beauty that the morning brings! Thanks Winters Gallery for sharing that BEAUTY!


Timeline Photos
Jul 20
10:12

Fredericksburg Texas Online

Remember the Night Sky? Beautiful and soul swelling... to gaze out into that endless twinkling universe of pure DELIGHT!

Surprise! Surprise! Keeping the Night Skies dark, is no longer just an aesthetic concern! Researches are now finding that dark night skies are important for the proper functioning of many biological systems in humans and animals! Protect the dark Skies! Ace Hardware in Fredericksburg, stocks hoods for your outdoor lighting that direct the light down! Bring back the DARKNESS and the MILKY WAY! Thanks Winters Gallery for SHARING the bounty of the NIGHT SKY!


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Milky Way over the Greystone Ranch... a recent and new photo in my night sky series that I have been capturing here in the @[226813135190:274:Texas Hill Country]. I enjoy the night sky, and the mystery and emotion it possesses, along with the challenges of capturing it with the camera :)
Jul 19
12:53

Fredericksburg Texas Online

Peach Bellini's, Texas Wine! Live Music by The Drugstore Cowboys,1-5pm at Torre Di Pietra Vineyards! Dance across Texas... on the Chili and Chillin Wine Road 290 Trail!


Jul 19
12:23

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CRUSH is Coming! Get ready to stomp! Grape Creek Vineyards!

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Grape Creek Vineyards

Jeff?s Corner 7-18-14Since last weeks photos were such a hit, I thought I?d go to HEB and take some snaps of the grapes in the produce department. When I did, however, I was told to cease and desist. They thought I was undercover from Wal Mart, attempting to steal their trellising techniques.Thwarted, I decided to take some pics from the Montepulciano vineyard so you could see what was happening up on the hill. As you can see, the little pooters are doing quite well. They are too picture perfect not to share with you again this week.By the way, at the All Star break, our beloved Grape Creek Clusters are two games up on the Washington State Wannabees, and five ahead of the hated Napa Valley Nobodies. Andy Timmons? High Plains Harvesters are making a move, just six back. The Oregon Pinot Envies are in last place. More later, down the stretch... #jeffscorner #montepulciano #gcv #txwine
Jul 19
10:18

Fredericksburg Texas Online

It's not a TOAD, it's a"Texas horned lizard"! Watch out! It's no myth.... they do have the ability to squirt an aimed stream of blood, for a distance of up to 5 ft, from the corners of their eyes, and mouths!

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Joe Robinette

Old Rip's cousin from Colorado City, TX on July 16, 2014. Taken with a Canon SX50HS. Sitting (or standing) by a "red ant" bed making a living!
Jul 19
10:08

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Our Lady of the Wildflowers!


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?My heart found its home long ago in the beauty, mystery, order and disorder of the flowering earth.?- Lady Bird JohnsonTo learn more about Lady Bird Johnson and Tribute Day, July 27, please visit http://www.wildflower.org/tributeday/
Various pictures representing activities, exhibits and happy discoveries at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.Photos copyright of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.
Jul 16
12:17

Fredericksburg Texas Online

Selah, Bamberger Ranch Preserve, recipient of the "Leopold Conservation Award", is a 5,500 acre ranch in Blanco, County, "described as the largest habitat restoration project, on private land, in Texas". To find out what they did and what you can do, schedule a Ranch Tour, or sign up for a Stewardship Workshop at http://bambergerranch.org/schedule


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Jul 16
03:49

Fredericksburg Texas Online

The Ribbons have been cut and Fredericksburg's newest boutique Inn is ready for YOU! Sugarberry Inn IS a beautiful spot right in the center of EVERYTHING! It is PERFECT for your next GIRL FRIENDS GETAWAY!


Sugarberry Inn Bed and Breakfast

My latest project!Thank you, Joe Giardina and Susan Meyers Giardina!More photos added every day, as editing permits.Please contact Joe and Susan about booking info below,as photos are grouped randomly.201 N Llano StreetFredericksburg,TX 78624stay@sugarberryinn.com 512.584.0536All photos copyright Anne Lorys Photography
Jul 16
03:45

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Breathtaking! Jaw-dropping... GERMANY!


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Jul 15
21:10

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If you want to be a cowboy? Lloyd Bridwell has some advice for you!


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Lloyd Bridwell
FIRST FRIDAY ARTWALK
GALLERIES
Bringing Art and Art Lovers together!
Enjoy fine wine from local wineries and the Fredericksburg ART scene!

Find out more >

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. "

The New York Times
Sunday, June 1, 2008

#1 on Away.com's Top 10
"Hidden-Gem"

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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Uncertain about which TEXAS HILL COUNTRY wines to try?
Go for the GOLD!
2013 Houston Rodeo International Wine Competition

Whose bringing the
GOLD

home to the
Texas Hill Country?

PEDERNALES CELLARS

2012 Viognier
TOP TEXAS WINE

MESSINA HOF WINERY
TOP ALL AROUND WINERY


BRENNAN VINEYARDS
4.0 Cellars
2011 New World Rhone-style
White Varietals and Blends
Texas Class Champion
GOLD


BRENNAN VINEYARDS
4.0 Cellars
2011 Viognier
Texas Class Champion
GOLD

DRIFTWOOD ESTATE WINERY
2010 Alamo Red
New World Bordeaux Blend
Class Champion
DOUBLE GOLD

FLAT CREEK ESTATES
2011 Flat Creek Rose
White Zin and Dry Rose
Class Champion
Texas Class Champion
GOLD

GRAPE CREEK VINEYARDS
2011 Cabernet Blanc
White Zin and Sweet Rose
Reserve Class Champion
GOLD

MCPHERSON CELLARS
4.0 Cellars
Tre Colore
New World Sangiovese
and Blends
Reserve Class Champion
Texas Class Champion
DOUBLE GOLD

MCPHERSON CELLARS
4.0 Cellars
2011 Viognier
GOLD

MESSINA HOF
Barrel Reserve Port
Red Port & Port-style wines
Texas Class Champion
GOLD

MESSINA HOF
2010 Private Reserve Merlot
Texas Class Champion
GOLD

PEDERNALES CELLARS
2010 Tempranillo
New World Tempranillo
and Blends
GOLD

PEDERNALES CELLARS
2012 Viognier
Top Texas Wine
Class Champion
Texas Class Champion
DOUBLE GOLD

PERISSOS VINEYARDS
2010 Petite Sirah
Estate Grown - Reserve
Class Champion
Texas Class Champion
GOLD

PERISSOS VINEYARDS
2010 Petite Sirah
Estate Grown
TX Reserve Class Champion
GOLD

WILLIAM CHRIS VINEYARDS
2010 Cabernet Franc
Class Champion
Texas Class Champion
DOUBLE GOLD

WOODROSE WINERY
2009 Tempranillo
New World Tempranillo
and Blends
GOLD

Texas Hill Country
By John Graves and
Wyman Meinzer

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."

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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!
830.992.0700

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!
612.961.9441

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

www.hillcountrybicycle.com

Stagecoach Shuttle Service
Taxi & Transportation Service

Winery tours, shopping tours, transportation for weddings, reunions, and trips around Fredericksburg, Texas, and the beautiful Texas Hill Country!
830-385-7722 or 830-997-1002

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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.
- A First Friday lunch guest

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