Cofran's Texas . . .
Hill Country Portal
IN THE TEXAS HILL COUNTRY
The Texas Hill Country is renowned worldwide for its annual wildflower display. With sufficient spring moisture, which does not happen every year, the roadways and fields are full of beautiful wildflowers. Scenic wildflower routes are outlined in some of the resources below.
Lady Bird Johnson was our champion of wildflowers because of the beauty and joy they bring to so many visitors and residents alike. She was a tireless promoter of beautification of America. Her flower roots are right here in Johnson City
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|PORTAL WILDFLOWER PHOTO GALLERIES|
|WILDFLOWER PHOTO COLLECTIONS & RESOURCES|
TEXAS WILDFLOWERS BY JO SPENCER: http://www.ranchflowers.com/photoszg_links; Lots of great photos.
WILDFLOWERS, WEEDS AND THINGS THAT BLOOM: Web
GARY LIPE'S WILDFLOWERS: Web
GARY REGNER PHOTOGRAPHY, WILDFLOWER PICTURES: Web
|WILDFLOWER TOURS, TRAILS, SIGHTINGS & FESTIVALS|
HILL COUNTRY WILDFLOWER TRAIL: Wildflower Trail Headquarters:
www.tex-fest.com. 1-866-839-3378. The Texas Hill Country, renowned for its annual wildflower display, invites visitors to experience nature's beauty firsthand. Nine central Texas communities have joined to create the Texas Hill Country Wildflower Trail. From late March through June the towns of Brady, Burnet, Early, Fredericksburg, Goldthwaite, Johnson City, Llano, Mason and San Saba are celebrating the natural roadside beauty that must be seen to be believed. Favorite wildflowers include bluebonnets, Indian paintbrush, phlox, Mexican poppy, winecups Indian blanket and lemon mint.
HILL COUNTRY WILDFLOWER TOUR: www.txdot.gov, select Travel, then Wildflowers; TXDOT Wildflower Hotline: 800-452-9292. Recording announces where wildflowers are to be found. Travel counselors available 8a-6p. Information available by 7 regions of the state, including the Hill Country. The TXDOT Department's wildflower effort is part of a vegetation management program encouraging the growth of native species that require less mowing and care. April is considered the prime month for blooming wildflowers. TXDOT spreads more than 33,000 pounds of wildflower seeds (over 30 varieties) along Teas highway rights of way each year.
JOHNSON CITY ANNUAL WILDFLOWER FESTIVAL: Johnson City is the Wildflower Capital of the Texas Hill Country, and they celebrate every year with a wonderful festival in April. They have exhibits, vendors, crafts, entertainment, garden tours, wildflower art and photography lessons, and moisture permitting, some of the most beautiful wildflowers you will ever see. Click on: www.JohnsonCityTexasChamber.com/wildflower_loop/index.html.
LADY BIRD JOHNSON WILDFLOWER CENTER: Imagine a place where everything is in its place. A place where the gardens, trails, and architecture celebrate the natural and cultural heritage of the Texas Hill Country. A place where people reconnect with the land and learn to appreciate the natural beauty, economic value, and environmental necessity of native plants. This place is the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, in Austin. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
SCENIC ROUTES: The lack of rain this spring will make it less likely to see an abundance of wildflowers. It just not our turn this year unless you find a naturally moist area. Most of the back roads are normally brightened by the roadside beauty. One of the most popular half-day routes is Hwy 16 from Medina through Kerrville to Llano and San Saba. Hwy 281 in parallel with Hwy 16 is also popular. The Willow City Loop in Willow City in north Gillespie County is particularly wonderful. Most of the quiet back roads are where the real treasures are found, especially in the north Blanco County area, and Gillespie County. Truth is, if you just take your time traveling the roadways you will see the magnificent beauty of Hill Country wildflowers (provided there was rain in the spring). Happy scenic traveling!
LONE STAR: Texas Wildflower Sightings
FLORAGE.COM, TEXAS WILDFLOWERS: http://www.florage.com
|UNIVERSITY & GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS REGARDING WILDFLOWERS|
PLANT CONSERVATION ALLIANCE: www.nps.gov/plants. National Park Service initiative.
RICE UNIVERSITY, WILDFLOWERS: Web
WILDFLOWERS IN BLOOM (A&M): http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/wildseed. Horticulture Program, Texas Cooperative Extension.
TEXAS DEPT OF TRANSPORTATION (TXDOT) WIDLFLOWER DATATBASE OF SIGHTINGS: Web. 800-452-9292 (counselors 8a-6p).
|WILDFLOWERS OUTSIDE THE TEXAS HILL COUNTRY|
DALLAS/FORT WORTH: Texas Parks and Wildlife; pictures and sightings.
DEWITT COUNTY WILDFLOWER ASSOCIATION: Web
JACK COUNTY TEXAS WILDFLOWERS: www.ranchflowers.com. Photos
NEWTON COUNTY TEXAS WILDFLOWERS: Newton Photos
PHOTOS BY COLETTE: www.photosbycolette.com; Pictures of Texas Wildflowers
MCCREE'S HIKING TRAILS AND WILDFLOWERS: Web; Based in Oregon
|WILDFLOWER SEEDS & PLANTINGS|
WILDFLOWER SEED FARMS: www.wildseedfarms.com. Located in Fredericksburg, TX. This commercial farm has an amazing display of vibrant wildflowers in season, along with a expansive store selling everything plant oriented. Gift shop, occasional live entertainment and restaurant. A must see destination.
EASY WILDFLOWERS: www.easywildflowers.com; About wildflower seeds and wildflower potted plants native to the Midwest and Eastern USA.
NATIVE AMERICAN SEED: www.seedsource.com; All about wildflower seeds.
SANDY ROAD GUEST HAUS:
An upscale Western-style Guest House Bed & Breakfast
in a Beautiful Ranch Setting in the Gorgeous Texas Hill Country
B&B Reservations & Information: 281-300-7177
9242 RR 1320 (Sandy Road), Johnson City, TX 78636
Web: www.SandyRoadGuestHaus.com Email: info@SandyRoadGuestHaus.com
Come Relax & Enjoy!
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