Where to find Bluebonnets in Austin, Texas


Baby Bluebonnet photo from the book Austin, Texas: A Photographic Portrait

It’s April and Bluebonnet season in Austin is back, and soon everyone will want to take bluebonnet pictures in Austin!

While the location of the bluebonnets varies year to year, there are a couple of sure ways to take a great bluebonnet picture in Austin. The first option is to head to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in South Austin, where as their name suggests, they have large fields of bluebonnets throughout the gardens.

The other surefire way to see bluebonnets is to plant them in your own yard! You can buy the seeds at your local nursery if you live in Texas, or you can buy Texas bluebonnet seeds online at Amazon.com.

The other way to find bluebonnets is to scout out fields in public parks, school playgrounds, office parks, and alongside roads (not recommended!). The photo at the top of this post was taken in an open field near the Dell campus in Round Rock, Texas. There’s also often lots of patches up and down Interstate 35 (I-35) and Mopac (Loop 1).

This year (2011) I have definitely seen medium sized patches bluebonnets along the sides of north Mopac, on Highway 79 in Round Rock, east of I-35 and also I’ve seen smaller patches in Zilker Park near the Frisbee golf range.

In previous years, I’ve seen patches in the playgrounds of elementary schools, in people’s yards, and on college campuses such as Saint Edward’s University on South Congress.

Seen any Bluebonnets this year in Austin? Let us know in the comments!