It is Wildflower Time! MAR 21 2012
This year is proving to be a little unusual in that we are enjoying an early wildflower season. Our bluebonnets were showy this year, giving us beautiful landscapes from mid-March through the first week of April. Although our blues are fading like a favorite pair of jeans, we are still seeing color! Yellows, reds, pinks, purples and whites. Texas wildflowers are still blooming profusely, and we’ll continue to see color well into May around Fredericksburg and Gillespie County. If you want to visit the Texas Hill Country for wildflowers—there still is time!
A couple of notes as you plan your trip: (1) If you can travel during the week, there will be less traffic on roads that are popular wildflower viewing routes. (2) Please respect private property. Crawling over fences onto private property for that perfect wildflower picture is illegal. (3) Great places to view wildflowers (and take pictures) include Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site near Stonewall (no admission fee), Enchanted Rock State Natural Area north of Fredericksburg on RR 965 (admission fee is charged) and the Live Oak Wilderness Trail at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park off of Highway 16 South in Fredericksburg (no admission fee).
And don’t forget the Wildseed Farms located on Highway 290, seven miles east of Fredericksburg. It is as pretty as I’ve seen it in many years. At least four large fields of flowers are blooming 100 percent right now. The Brewbonnet Biergarten at Wildseed Farms makes for a great stop for a light lunch, complete with Texas wine and beer.
Mother Nature is putting on a great show this year—the centennial year of Lady Bird Johnson’s birth. Seems somehow appropriate. Happy Birthday, Lady Bird!
Ernie Loeffler, Director
Fredericksburg Convention and Visitor Bureau