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Texas In Bloom

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The Lone Star State comes alive with color in the spring. Fields throughout much of Texas are dotted with the vibrant hues of the bluebonnet (the state flower), the reds of Indian paintbrushes, and wildflowers galore. It’s common to see cars pulled over along the sides of highways, families and children tiptoeing with care through the wildflowers, to pose for a family portrait. The state is also home to unique gardens that offer year-round introductions to Texas horticulture.
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200 E Ennis Ave, Ennis, TX 75119, USA
Every spring, the little town of Ennis is hard to miss. It has been named “The Official Bluebonnet City of Texas," as its highways and roads are lined with fields blanketed in thick hues of Texas's state flower. Ennis has over 40 miles of mapped...
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4801 La Crosse Ave, Austin, TX 78739, USA
I have been reading about a national conference held in the 1960's about natural beauty held at the White House and co-chaired by Lady Bird Johnson. Her vision led to many programs and projects throughout the United States as well as the creation...
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1792 Willow City Loop, Willow City, TX 78675, USA
Boasting a population of only 75 residents, Willow City sits 12 miles to the northeast of Fredericksburg, and has become known for being the gateway to the famed Willow City Loop, a 20 mile stretch that twists and turns through the scenic Hill...
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8525 Garland Rd, Dallas, TX 75218, USA
Set on the banks of White Rock Lake, this 66-acre sanctuary offers scenic trails, blooming gardens, and peaceful green spaces for when you want some quiet time with nature—plus kids’ areas, holiday events, and a packed calendar of...
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555 Funston Pl, San Antonio, TX 78209, USA
San Antonio's Botanical Gardens offer much more than diverse and beautiful flora—they also provide you with a greater sense for the city and state's history. The photo shows one of several buildings in the gardens; this one an authentic Pineywoods...
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420 Rose Park Dr, Tyler, TX 75702, USA
The largest rose garden in the nation can be found in the charming town of Tyler. The Tyler Municipal Rose Garden has over 14 acres filled with more than 600 different varieties of roses here, separated into sections like the Sensory Garden and...
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10000 FM 50, Brenham, TX 77833, USA
The Antique Rose Emporium was born over 30 years, following the creation of the Mermaid rose (seen here)—a species deemed as a “survivor” rose, and one that is versatile and can survive in extreme climates without a lot of care, Located in...
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408 4th St, Blanco, TX 78606, USA
A smaller town smack dab in the Hill Country, between Austin and San Antonio, Blanco offers respite year round from the busy city life with its B&Bs, live music venues, and the Blanco River and State Park. There's also the Blanco Lavender...
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464 Becker Farms Rd, Fredericksburg, TX 78624, USA
During a trip to France to learn more about the Viogner grape, the owners of the much-respected Becker Vineyards felt at home in Provence, where the sandy granite soils and summers reminded them of the Texas Hill Country. Inspired by that trip,...
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6003 Memorial Dr, Houston, TX 77265, USA
A house museum in the larger collection of Houston's Museum of Fine Arts, this display resides in the former home of Ima Hogg, a Houstonian who was a philanthropist and civic leader. It is largely decorative art and paintings, but the grounds...
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Big Bend National Park, TX, USA
The home of over 1,200 species of plants and 60 different cacti varietals, Big Bend National Park's spectacular landscape is famous for its sweeping views, unique geology, and diversity of species. Bluebonnets in Big Bend bloom and peak earlier...
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4111 University Ave, Lubbock, TX 79413, USA
The Lubbock Memorial Arboretum, brings an oasis of green to the local landscape, with 93 acres of open space situated in K.N. Clapp Park. The Lubbock Memorial Arboretum is home to a variety of plants, trees, animals and birds, and is used as an...