Over Memorial Day weekend Chris and I were in the Texas Hill Country near Fredericksburg and also very near Wildseed Farms. I had always wanted to visit and we had the opportunity this time around. We’ve bought seeds from them in the past so connecting the source of seed to what we plant here at the house was something I wanted to do. I’ll be honest, I was a little disappointed. I was expecting perhaps a tour of the fields, something guided where they talked about their seed growing techniques, crop rotations, etcetera but, nope, nothing of the sort.
Instead there’s a large parking lot, a large visitors center/gift shop, a garden center with potted plants and other gardening supplies outside, a restaurant, and a small display garden on the east side of the property. You can see the fields to some extent too, but aren’t allowed to walk through them. While all of these items are interesting, it lends itself to be more kitsch and touristy than anything, which is where I was disappointed. We didn’t even find any plants to buy, though there were a few cacti that caught our eye, just some seeds from inside their store. Ok, so part of the problem with not finding plants to buy is that either we had most of the interesting plants already or the other plants are common and can be found at big-box stores or a local garden center somewhere in Texas already. If you aren’t from Texas and the plants are new to you you’ll likely find something to buy.
That said, there were some beautiful aspects, which is what I’m here to show you.