Our visit to Wildseed Farms couldn’t have been better timed. Our April arrival coincides with the blooming of the poppies in the fields surrounding the farm. Once we park the car, I find myself in good company as nearly every other visitor there has a DSLR slung around their neck. I have to laugh a little at my concerted efforts to get pictures without people in them. It’s not easy in a place as popular as Wildseed Farms! All I can say is, if photography is your passion, Wildseed Farms is the place. There are few things as spectacular as fields covered in a solid blanket of red.
Wildseed Farms has been in business since 1983, but didn’t move to its current Fredericksburg location until 1995. Since then, I’ve had it on my list of places to see. Although the poppy fields make visitors deliriously happy, Wildseed doesn’t nurture those fields merely for altruistic reasons. The fields are harvested later in the season and the seeds are packaged for sale. The company also operates a retail nursery business with a large assortment of plants for sale. Great care has been taken to design the site’s buildings to blend in with the Hill Country location. Building materials consist of limestone, wood and metal, which creates a beautiful backdrop for all the plants.
In an effort to take care of all the avid gardeners who are here either to dream about the possibilities or to carry out a plan of action, the farm has developed a nicely shaded area they’ve named the Brew Bonnet Biergarten. The next time I make it out this way, it might be nice to sit down for some refreshments, but for now, there’s too much to see to waste my time sitting down.
Just as enjoyable as seeing the poppy fields is the walk through the display gardens. Considering how many botanical gardens I’ve explored, it’s always surprising to me how often I come across plants I’ve never encountered before. Wildseed has several that draw me in.
On our way back to the car, we stop at Blossoms Boutique. I’m not looking to buy anything, although I probably would if I took the time to properly explore. As is often the case, it’s probably more of a store that appeals to women but it does offer books, birdhouses, and the like, in addition to more decorative items. I actually find myself more preoccupied with the architecture than the items for sale. The high ceilings and wood paneled walls make this a light-filled and welcoming space.
As much as I would like to spend more time here, we still have many hours of driving left, before our planned evening arrival in the Woodlands. Before that, we’ve planned another wildflower stop at The Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center.
To be continued…