A cool, wet spring meant we were there just before most of the roses reached their spring bloom peak
The iconic terracotta arch beckons from the parking lot.
The mailbox really is tilted just like it shows in the catalog.
Even with just a few roses in bloom it was fun to tour the gardens.
Tin Man and friend
Does Agave hair make these pot-people not quite so creepy?
Flower bubble bath looks fun
The purple picket fence around the children's garden invites exploration
It was a surprise to see so many trees still dormant in late March. I learned Brenham is Zone 8b and a bit colder than Zone 9 Houston only an hour east.
I couldn't help but compare with the San Antonio location so it was fun to see this giant bottle tree.
A smaller version for normal-sized gardens
Since the terrain around Brenham is Blackland Prairie instead of Hill Country there weren't nearly as many spiky plants as at San Antonio's location so this was one of the few Agaves.
Rustic wood arbors were another commonality
Nicely done succulent fountain with pots. I already have two different sizes of these low bowl planters and might just give this a try.
Another terracotta arch near the sales office.
Oh, and they have plants for sale too. Blending merchandise with the gardens is a signature look at The Antique Rose Emporium.
Dress, chair, flowers, smile....
Something we definitely did not have in San Antonio was a small lake like this one.
Early Texas buildings have been moved to the site and restored.
There was a big windmill in the San Antonio gardens as well. Oh I do miss having them close by!
We're not nearly done with our tour, we're headed over to the rose bowers and more beautifully restored old buildings.
I'll cover those when I continue with the tour in my next post.