When February’s winter storm blew through Texas, flower growers across the state hunkered down, wrapping cloth and plastic coverings over their new buds. Despite a delayed start, however, numerous Hill Country farmers are now gearing up for the upcoming season. Wondering where to go to see the blooms? Keep reading.
Arnosky Family Farm
In the fall, Arnosky Family Farm is crowned as the marigold capital of Texas—but spring brings just as much bounty to their fields in the form of bluebonnets, tulips, daffodils, and more. Their Blue Barn Market in Blanco, fully serviced Friday through Sunday and self-serve Monday through Thursday, offers fresh-cut flowers, potted plants, and vegetable seedlings daily. (Just make sure to bring cash or checks and leave your payment in the red box!) The farm’s tulips and bluebonnets have just begun to bloom and guests are encouraged to bring a blanket, picnic, and relax in the flower fields for a day.
Mon.-Sun., 9 a.m.-5 p.m., 13977 FM 2325, Blanco, TX 78606, texascolor.com
Barton Hill Farms
When the Spring Flower Festival opens April 17, visitors can pick their own bouquets at this 118-acre farm on the banks of the Colorado River in Bastrop. The festival is every weekend until May 31 and tickets must be purchased online. When you’ve picked as many flowers as you can hold, take advantage of the biergarten, live music stage, 30+ kid-friendly activities, and other great attractions that make Barton Hill Farms an ideal day trip spot with your whole crew.
Austin Spring Flower Festival Every weekend April 17-May 31, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 1115 FM 969, Bastrop, TX 78602 bartonhillfarms.com
Windmill Meadow Farm
A private guided tour of this Fredericksburg flower farm gives visitors an inside look at what’s blooming, coming soon, and the entire growing process. The guide will collect hand-picked flowers for your bouquet while on the hour and a half walk through the gardens. This family-run farm also provides flower delivery, subscriptions, and floral workshops. Visits are by appointment only.
Mon.-Sun., 9 a.m.-5 p.m., 127 Sunshine Lane, Fredericksburg, TX 78624 windmillmeadowfarm.com
Boggy Creek Farm
For those wanting to shop all things local this spring, look no further than Boggy Creek Farm. This 5-acre urban farm in east Austin not only supplies specialty cut flowers at their market, but also sells everything from fresh vegetables to local meats and cheeses. They’re currently selling new ranunculus and anemone at their farmstand, which is open Wed. through Sat. For a full farmstand lineup, check their website.
Wednesday-Saturday, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. 3414 Lyons Road, Austin, TX 78702 boggycreekfarm.com
The nation’s largest working wildflower farm, Wildseed Farms, grows over 200 acres of wildflower fields for seed production each year. Stock up on seeds and plants at the home and garden country store, then chow down on sandwiches, peach ice cream, and more at Brewbonnet. Their new wine tasting room is opening soon and visitors are encouraged to spend the afternoon walking along the lush trails that circle the farm.
Sun.-Thurs. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday, Saturday 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. 100 Legacy Dr., Fredericksburg, TX 78624, wildseedfarms.com