Antique Rose Emporium
One of my favorite places to visit is the Antique Rose Emporium. You’ll find it along a narrow and rather hilly road north of Brenham. It’s worth a visit any time of year but is especially enjoyable in the spring when this part of Texas is covered in bluebonnets. Although it operates as a nursery, with an emphasis on antique roses, it’s the type of place that encourages you to explore. The grounds are huge - eight acres worth - and there’s much to see and enjoy.
Throughout the property you’ll find historic buildings that serve as a picturesque backdrop to the many display gardens. As you wander through the area, you’ll come across gift shops, a gazebo, a beautiful red chapel, a little bridge crossing a pond and even a tree swing.
The Antique Rose Emporium sells a large variety of plants, but their core business focuses on growing roses with a natural ability to survive the Texas climate. The humid summers that alternate between being water logged one year to drought ridden the next, and the often cold winters that follow, can be a challenge for any plant, and maybe especially roses. After several failed attempts at growing roses, and I will admit to not being a very attentive gardener, I found a beautiful yellow rose at the Antique Rose Emporium. It still thrives in my garden with very little assistance from me.