11 Places to See Flowers in Texas

While I’m not one to want fresh cut flowers sent to me as a gift, I do love to experience their beauty in nature. In thinking of all the wonderful places to view flowers in the Lone Star State, and there are many, I thought I’d share some of my very favorite spots.

Number 11 – Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin

Number 10 – Sweet Berry Farm in Marble Falls

Number 9 – Shangri La Botanical Gardens & Nature Center in Orange

Number 8 – Wildseed Farms in Fredericksburg

Number 7 – Fort Worth Botanical Gardens in Fort Worth

Number 6 – Round Top to La Grange on Hwy. 237

I took one of my most iconic Texas photos on Highway 237 in the spring a few years ago, as we were driving from Round Top to La Grange. As we topped a small hill, we saw cars pulled to the side of the road only to discover the most beautiful field of Texas bluebonnets, the state flower, and a large herd of Texas longhorns grazing in the field. This guy laid down in the flowers when I grabbed my camera and I couldn’t resist the shot. It hangs in my living room and will for a very long time.

Number 5 – Willow City Loop in Willow City

Number 4 – International Waterlily Collection in San Angelo

Number 3 – Texas Tulips in Pilot Point

Number 2 – Tyler Municipal Rose Garden in Tyler

Number 1 – Bluebonnet Trails in Ennis

As a Native Texan, I was used to seeing bluebonnets along the highways and interstates throughout my life. After all, the wife of former President Lyndon B. Johnson, Lady Bird, was instrumental in helping get the Highway Beautification Act passed during his administration and our roads suddenly became attractions in their own right. Since that time, the countless number of people who have stopped along the side of the road for a photo op of their children sitting in the state flower has to be in the millions. We won’t talk about the number of flowers crushed by these tiny bodies year after year, especially since most Texans are guilty of it and have the photos to prove it.

While I love our bluebonnets along the major roads, I have never seen anything like the fields of flowers I had the good fortune to view in 2012 in Ennis along the bluebonnet trails. That year was like none other they have seen. Not to worry, the fields still are grand, aromatic, and bring a sense of pride to every Texan, as you view the state flower in all its glory.

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