“Come for the flowers, and stay for the atmosphere.”
Text and photography by Katie Wood
While wildflowers are glorious to behold in every season, spring is no doubt when their beauty shines brightest and in the most bountiful fashion. Thus is the case at Wildseed Farms in Fredericksburg, Texas. As a real, working wildflower farm, various flower fields are in bloom throughout the growing season from March to November, however spring is the time to see the majority of the fields in their full glory. Acre after acre, as far as the eye can see, stunning blocks of bold red, vibrant hues of purple and blue, and striking pops of yellow chase the horizon. It’s only when you get close that you’ll find each block of color is comprised of hundreds of individual wildflowers.
The breathtaking scenery is reason enough to plan a visit to the Texas Hill Country farm, but it’s certainly not all that Wildseed Farms has to offer. Between the Lantana Nursery, one of the largest plant nurseries in Central Texas (which offers hard to find tropicals, trees, and shrubs as well as local favorites including: Bluebonnets, Indian Blanket, Laura Bush Petunias, and Purple Coneflower) and the Brewbonnet Biergarten, where visitors are encouraged to relax and sit for a spell, there is plenty to entertain garden lovers of all ages.
Whether you’re shopping for seeds, live plants, or simply looking to stop and smell the flowers, be sure to leave plenty of time to enjoy the surroundings. According to Wildseed’s founder and president John R. Thomas, the farm’s motto is simple: “Come for the flowers, and stay for the atmosphere.”