The Antique Rose Emporium
10000 FM 50
Brenham, TX 77833
It's that time of year again-time for the Brazos Valley Bucket List. The annual summer series runs on Mondays and Wednesdays in July and showcases some of the incredible things we have to offer right here in the Brazos Valley.
On this Brazos Valley Bucket List we keep the 4th of July fireworks going with color explosions of a different kind.
Just south of Independence a place known for its incredible gardens brings in visitors from all over the world. And it's all for a chance to stop and smell the roses.
It's a place in the Brazos Valley that can take you out of the country and into a garden oasis.
"I think it's beautiful," said Gayle Wehring with the emporium.
The Antique Rose Emporium, just north of Brenham is a playground for colorful butterflies, giant garden spiders and lots of frolicking birds.
"Everybody wants to get a date out here," joked Wehring about the playful animals.
Wehring has been digging her job at the Emporium for over a decade.
"I have a good job for a gardener's soul," said Wehring.
Designated as one of the rose gardens of the world destinations, the nine acres of foliage frees the stressed souls of visitors.
Jan Counts came from Sugarland to get some of the sensory sensation.
"It surprised me how beautiful it is and I think that a lot of people would like to see and they don't know about it," said Counts.
"Well we love Texas, it's a great part of the country," said Paul Kyburz who came all the way from Minnesota.
"Of course you have some plants here in the south that would not survive in our part of the country so we can see some unique things here that we normally can't see," said Kyburz.
"Once they go through cattle pasture after cattle pasture headed out here and then they find us. They're very surprised that this is out here," said Wehring.
The Antique Rose Emporium can be more than just a color explosion for your eyes. It can also be a learning experience for your taste buds. It's not to often that you get to eat a fresh fig everyday.
"I think it's a big surprise. You know that book, the secret garden. People don't know it's here and it's the Brazos Valley's own secret garden," said Wehring.
A secret garden that provides the perfect place for a picnic. And the best part, you don't have to do any pruning, unless you really want to.
"If you need something to do with your right hand while your left hand holds your chardonnay. Go ahead but you don't have to," joked Wehring.
The Antique Rose Emporium, a sweet smelling destination and the first on our Brazos Valley Bucket List.
The best part of the Antique Rose Emporium is admission to the gardens is free and it's open 7 days a week. Picnics are allowed and we're told bringing some fine Brazos Valley wine isn't only allowed, it's encouraged.