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Johnson City’s Wildflower Days
Coming Saturday, May 2 on the courthouse square and in the park!
Wednesday, April 22, 2009 • Posted April 21, 2009

An assortment of interesting vendors! Workshops with Master Gardeners and experts in photography, butterflies and lavender! Demonstrations of “plein air” painting, pottery making, tumbling and karate! Food! Wine! Home and Garden tours! Wild flower tours! Music! Family fun with activities for the kids!

Wildflower Days will present live music from the gazebo. Music for many ears is on tap…jazz, bluegrass, country-western, gospel and more. Listen to Dean Strickland, the Hill Country Community Band, Community Church of the Hills Praise Band, Little River Blue Grass, High on Hot Dogs, Bobby Beal Band, and the Johnson City High School Jazz Band. The town will fill with music!

Here’s more on the tour of historic homes and their gardens:

The Barnwell House, located on the courthouse square, is a two-story Texas Victorian built in 1913 using East Texas longleaf-pine. It has been basically restored and updated. The historic structure was built by Dr. James Barnwell and served as his family’s home and Blanco County’s first hospital. There’s more to learn on the tour.

The Little Yellow Building was built in 1944. It has been totally renovated to become a delightful, 1300 sq. ft. townhouse with a “New Orleans” flavor. Learn about its progression.

Across the courthouse square, enjoy tea cakes and tea on the patio and in the garden of The Pearl Hotel, a delightful structure completed in 1883, having 10 rooms serving those early travelers coming to the county seat. Learn of its other stories on the tour.

Chantilly Lace and Country Inn and Lavender Farm is welcoming the tour. It’s a charming bed and breakfast resting on 6 acres with beautiful oak trees, butterfly gardens and large field of lavender. A must see.

Within strolling distance is the Johnson Settlement Log Cabin built in the late 1850s by Samuel Ealy Johnson Sr. (President Johnson’s grandfather) and his brother Tom. The fields near the cabin have an abundant variety of grasses, enjoyed by occasional flocks of turkeys and chickens. This history-packed structure is located in the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park.

Enjoy the tour! Enjoy all the other events!

Additionally, fine arts enthusiasts will enjoy Johnson City’s several galleries, eclectic shops and historical sites around town.

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