March, 2012. Fredericksburg, Texas. When Is A Wildflower Not Wild?

Posted on March 13, 2012

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When it’s grown commercially at Wildseed Farms, on US 290, just a few miles east of Fredericksburg.

This is quite a place.  It makes big-box garden centers look sickly and under stocked. And, when you’ve shopped ‘til you’ve dropped, you can take a break and recharge with a beer or a glass of Texas wine.

Or, if your male companion is along, he can sit in the shade of the Biergarten, sip a cold one and listen to live music on the stage while you continue your quest for the perfect pot or other outdoor item.

Wildseed Farm is the largest working wildflower farm in the nation.  It has more than 200 acres of wildflowers in different stages of growth at the Fredericksburg location, plus another 1,000 acres in Eagle Lake, Texas, along the Gulf Coast.

These wildflowers are grown not for their blooms as such, but for the seed produced once the blooming cycle is over. Nearly 90 varieties of seed are harvested each year.  Hundreds of tons of seed are sold to state highway departments for roadside wildflower programs, while garden center and mail order sales account for the remainder of their production.

But wildflowers, beer, wine and music isn’t all Wildseed Farms has to offer.  Their garden center offers a huge selection of nursery plants, pottery and unusual yard art; women’s clothing, jewelry, wildflower-themed art, and hand-crafted jams, salsas, honeys, and more.

It’s a wild place to visit.

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