Every year in April, crowds of people flock to the Brenham Area to see the Texas Bluebonnets and other wildflowers. In Independence, Texas there is a Garden named Antique Rose Emporium. I was invited to go there by my friend and her Mom, Dad and cousins in Brenham. A few snaps of the day are below, with plenty of bluebonnets for You. Many native plants were for sale. I got one small Scarlet Buckeye Tree for the Bird Sanctuary. I have shared info from Wikipedia about the Buckeye Tree. Enjoy!
Antique Rose Emporium:
Top Page of their website. See link for complete info.:
The Antique Rose Emporium continues a long tradition of gardening in the Independence and Brenham area.
As early as the 1850s, commercial nurseries offered a wide variety of plants and trees, and many residents took an interest in the plantings on their properties. These historic associations appealed to Mike and Jean Shoup when they were selecting a location for their eight-acre garden center in 1984.
The impressive McKnight-Hairston House, a two-story stone house with expansive wooden porches, stood on this property for over a century. Both the McKnight and Hairston families were early residents in Independence. The L-shaped house was located just across the road from Baylor University’s Male Campus. A number of outbuildings completed the complex including a detached kitchen, smokehouse, milk house, corncrib, and barn.
Find where this site is located on our INDEPENDENCE MAP.
Return to TOURING INDEPENDENCE to see other historic sites.
Bluebonnets are everywhere!
This is the bloom of red buckeye tree. (I bought a little tree)
|Red Buckeye flowers|
- Aesculus pavia var. pavia: typical Red Buckeye.
- Aesculus pavia var. flavescens: yellow-flowered Red Buckeye.
This tree growing and blooming now at The Rose Emporium
The yellow brick road!
...this is brendasue signing off from Rainbow Creek. See You next time!