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Birds, Bees, Flowers, and Trees

Count the days until bluebonnet season! In Washington County, which predictably sports one of the loveliest displays of wildflowers in the state each spring, you can get in the spirit ahead of time.

At Ellison’s Greenhouses in Brenham, some 2.5 acres of greenhouse space harbor plants at all different stages, including mums, caladiums, geraniums, herbs, peppers, and even tomatoes. (Ask about Ellison’s new pick-your-own-tomatoes program.) In business for 35 years, Ellison’s recently expanded its retail operation to include statuary, home decor items, and garden supplies. Call 979/836-6011; www.ellisonsgreenhouses.com.

Nearby, Glasco’s Gardens and Gifts, which opened in 1999, boasts water gardens, antique roses, perennial plantings, and gift items ranging from fanciful thermometers to botanical candles. The 2005 seminar and workshop calendar here includes a March 12 workshop on bed preparation, perennial care, and nurturing spring color. Call 979/836-3210; www.glascosgardens.com.

Also on March 12, the 5th annual Brenham Flower & Garden Show heralds the season’s arrival by showcasing plants, flowers, crafts, and garden accessories from many local vendors and businesses. Call 979/836-3695; www.brenhamtexas.com.

From the March 2005 issue.

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