Texas Hill Country Wildflower Trail brings roadside beauty

The Texas Hill Country’ renowned worldwide for its annual wildflower display, is inviting visitors to experience nature’s beauty firsthand. Spring will be here before long and the Hill Country will be in bloom. 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 found in the Hill Country include bluebonnets, Indian paintbrush, phlox, Mexican poppy, winecups, Indian blanket and lemon mint. “The Wildflower Trail is very important,” Deborah Farquhar-Garner, Wildflower Trail Coordinator, said, “because it promotes one of Texas’ prettiest resources’wildflowers. With the recent rains, we are hoping for some good blooms” states Deborah. Some plants have been spotted but very few blooms as of mid-March. Lakes, rivers and streams provide a shimmering backdrop to the wildflower display around Brady. Visitors will be surprised to discover fields of sunflowers growing in McCulloch County, accenting the bluebonnets, Indian paintbrush, dogwood, Mexican hat, brown-eyed Susan and goldenrod. Top events through the spring include the Texas Muzzle Loader Association Spring Shoot at Brady Lake, Heart of Texas Golf Association Three-person tournament, Lions Club Honors Banquet, 4-H Whiz Bang shoot, Relay for Life, Duffers Scramble, HOT Golf Association Memorial Day Tournament. In June, Brady hosts the Texas Muzzle Loaders Championship Shoot, HOT Golf Assoc. Parent-Child Tournament, the July Jubilee and the Heart of Texas Thunder Drag Boat Races.. Brady is also home to the Heart of Texas Historical Museum and the Heart of Texas Country Music Museum. There is no charge for driving the wildflower routes. More information on event listings, locations and activities along the Texas Hill Country Wildflower Trail is available by contacting the Wildflower Trail Headquarters toll free 1-866-TEX-FEST (839-3378) or visit the web site www.tex-fest.com.

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