5 nearby flower farms to visit this spring
When February’s winter storm blew through Texas, flower growers across the state hunkered down, wrapping fabrics and plastic coverings over their new buds. Despite a delayed start, however, many Hill Country farmers are now gearing up for the upcoming season. Wondering where to go to see the flowers? Keep reading.
Arnosky family farm
In the fall, Arnosky Family Farm is crowned the marigold capital of Texas, but spring brings just as much bounty to their fields in the form of blue bonnets, tulips, daffodils, and more. Their Blue Barn Market in Blanco, fully serviced Friday-Sunday and self-serve Monday-Thursday, offers fresh cut flowers, potted plants and vegetable seedlings daily. (Just be sure to bring cash or checks and leave your payment in the red box!) The tulips and bluebonnets on the farm have just started to bloom and guests are encouraged to bring a blanket, a picnic and relax in the flower fields for a day.
Monday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 13977 FM 2325, Blanco, TX 78606, texascolor.com
Barton Hill Farms
When the Spring Flower Festival opens on April 17, visitors can pick their own bouquets at this 118-acre farm located on the banks of the Colorado River in Bastrop. The festival takes place every weekend until May 31 and tickets must be purchased online. Once you’ve picked as many flowers as you can, enjoy the beer garden, live music stage, over 30 kid-friendly activities, and other interesting attractions that make Barton Hill Farms the perfect place for an excursion. of a day with your whole team.
Austin Spring Flower Festival Every weekend from April 17 to May 31, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 1115 FM 969, Bastrop, TX 78602 bartonhillfarms.com
Windmill prairie farm
A private guided tour of this Fredericksburg flower farm gives visitors insight into what’s blooming, what’s coming soon, and the entire growing process. The guide will collect hand-picked flowers for your bouquet during the 1.5 hour walk through the gardens. This family farm also offers flower delivery, subscriptions and floral workshops. visits are by appointment only.
Monday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 127 Sunshine Lane, Fredericksburg, TX 78624 windmillmeadowfarm.com
Boggy Creek Farm
For those looking to do some local shopping this spring, look no further than Boggy Creek Farm. This 5-acre urban farm in east Austin not only supplies specialty cut flowers to its market, but also sells everything from fresh vegetables to local meats and cheeses. They are currently selling new buttercups and anemones from their farm, which is open on Wednesdays. per sat. For a full range of farms, check out their website.
Wednesday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. 3414 Lyons Road, Austin, TX 78702 boggycreekfarm.com
Wild Seed Farms
The nation’s largest working wildflower farm, Wildseed Farms cultivates over 200 acres of wildflower fields for seed production each year. Stock up on seeds and plants at the home and garden store, then enjoy sandwiches, peach ice cream and more at Brewbonnet. Their new wine tasting room will open soon and visitors are encouraged to spend the afternoon strolling along the lush paths that surround the farm.
Sun-Thu 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday, Saturday 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. 100 Legacy Dr., Fredericksburg, TX 78624, wildseedfarms.com