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April Showers… Bring Wildflowers to the Village

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March, April, and May are the prime blooming months in Texas, and my favorite time of the year. This is where the browned grass turns into a lush green, and a myriad of colorful wildflowers and vegetation starts appearing. Here at The Village we are lucky to have examples of the entire magnificent flora that a Texas spring has to offer.

Starting in March, our visitors and staff had the privilege of witnessing our white, yellow, and violet irises. Now in April, our valley has been speckled with Texans’ favorite wildflower, the bluebonnet. of course, and a few other varieties of wildflowers. I am not sure if you all are aware of this, but Texas has over 5,000 native species of flowering plants. This is due to the multitude of plant habitats and weather conditions throughout Texas. We have seen an abundance of rain in the past month and half, which leads to the colorful scenes alongside our highways and our fields. The Texas Department of Transportation and Texas Forestry Department are responsible for the upkeep of all of our wildflowers throughout Texas. Here at The Village we are hoping to have our wildflowers repopulated by the Texas Forestry Department in the years to come.

Our Village also has many gardens on site, a fragrance garden, a couple of small herb gardens, and our family sustaining Farmstead garden. Below is a picture of our history educator, Mr. Kennedy, harvesting winter crops so he can replenish the Farmstead garden with spring/summer vegetation. Turnips, Swiss chard, mustard greens, and kale were replaced with onions, cowpeas, and other spring vegetables. Mr. Kennedy maintains this garden all year long.

wildflower-2Back at the farmstead we also maintain a year round fragrance garden. We call it a fragrance garden due to its intoxicating scent of sage, rosemary, lavender, tarragon, and bay leaf. These are staple herbs that are used fresh or dried during the winter months for cooking, medicine, and/or personal fragrance. (If you are unaware, doctors and bathing in the late nineteenth century, were few and far between.)wildflower-3

So … If you are out and about in Dallas, and need a reprieve from the hustle and bustle of urban life, stop by The Village. You can bring your dog, (not inside of the buildings) a picnic, a kite, take as many photos as you want and share them with us on Instagram and Facebook, (no flash photography inside the buildings) or do what I do and just enjoy the beauty that is spring here at The Village with all the lovely flowers and various gardens we have to offer!

Post written by Guest Services Representative Amanda Morton.

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