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Johnson City Texas, Wildflower Days
Spirit of the Hill Country
Wednesday, March 26, 2008 • Posted March 25, 2008

Wildflowers! Farmer’s market – all sorts of interesting booths and lavender too! Workshops with photographers, master gardeners, rainwater experts! Home and garden tour! Arts and crafts! Food! Live music! Family fun! That’s part of the array of activities for WILD FLOWER DAYS in downtown Johnson City, Texas, April 19 & 20, 2008, from 9 AM – 5 PM.

Enjoy the Hill Country wildflowers and fresh air and make the most of a tremendous opportunity to increase your gardening savvy by visiting with the local Master Gardeners and rainwater collection experts. A local lavender grower will also discuss the popular Hill Country plant.

A tour of historic and interesting homes and gardens ranks high on the to-do list:

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Stribling House, a 1914-era structure, was built by Emory Stribling, an early Blanco County settler and rancher. The home was built during the short period of time between the Victorian and Craftsman styles and therefore incorporates both styles as seen in the gingerbread cut-outs in each gable and the interior woodwork. Inside, enjoy the unique aspects of this home. Step back in time!

A wildflower photography workshop will be available with a local professional photographer. Not to be missed.

A Farmer’s Market and food booths with all sorts of homegrown/homemade goodies will be easily accessed. More on that next week! Arts and Crafts booths and live music too!

Enjoy Johnson City’s excellent art galleries and great shops and restaurants around town.

Sponsored by the Johnson City Chamber of Commerce: 830-868-7684. More event details at: Inquiries to Event Chairperson: Jan Clemons at 8380-868-2600; Contact Jan if you are interested in participating or volunteering.

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