Through the ages, Mother Nature worked alone splashing the countryside with brilliant colors. In 1983, there were very few sources for wildflower seeds and the seeds that were available were prohibitively expensive. Today, Wildseed Farms in Fredericksburg, Texas lends a hand. John R. Thomas, Wildseed’s founder and president, knows the importance of beautiful wildflowers along our highways.
The public’s love of wildflowers and demands from landscape contractors and the highway department motivated Thomas to turn his sideline turf seeding business into a full-time wildflower farm. In addition, he developed a machine to plant the tiny seeds and another to harvest them. The new company pioneered the practice of planting wildflowers in rows on large acreage.
The farm has more than 1,000 cultivated acres in Texas and over 200 acres of wildflower fields at its Hill Country headquarters outside of Fredericksburg. Come and view a real working wildflower farm and stay to shop at Blossoms Boutique, Lantana Nursery and the famous Brewbonnet Biergarten. Fun for the whole family!
There is a growing market for top-quality wildflower seeds. The farm attracts the attention of people all over the country through retail sales, catalog sales and consumer education. At its Wildflower Market Center, seven miles east of Fredericksburg on Highway 290, fields of wildflowers bloom from March through October, boosting retail sales. More than 350,000 people a year stop by the Center. Visitors can explore walking trails, watch the farm staff work and take photos. In Pick Your Own fields, they can create bouquets. They can buy wildflower seeds and pick up one of the farm’s award-winning and extremely informative catalogs. And for shopping and sipping, there’s a gift shop and a Brewbonnet Biergarten.
Wildflower seed, grown here on the farm, are available through our free mail order catalog which can be accessed online, or we can send one to you easily and quickly! Our catalog features seeds for over 90 varieties of wildflowers, grasses, herbs and exotic garden variety seeds. Online we include a selection of our specialty foods that we sell in our Market Center!