Weekends are meant for gardening and road trips—so why not combine the two with a green-filled weekend in Edom, Texas? An hour and a half outside of town, nestled among the tree-lined roads of East Texas, Edom is a nature lover’s delight with nurseries, a vineyard, and blueberry farm. With only 375 residents, this sleepy little town is a great place to recharge while taking charge of your landscape.
Make a day of it
Edom is small enough to tackle in a day. (Which will give you the second half of the weekend to get your plant purchases in the ground!)
Grab a little red wagon and take a stroll through this nursery, which feels more like a private garden than a retail center. The center surprised us with some hard-to-find specimens we have been hunting for all over Dallas.
13062 FM 279, Chandler. 903-852-3897.
Situated on three acres right outside the city limits, Glenda Mae’s showcases 400 named daylily varieties and even more unnamed varieties. Take your pick (and a few pics—photo ops abound). Not a daylily fan? They have plenty of other plants to choose from.
4741 FM 2339, Murchison. 903-235-2529.
Artist Joseph Hopps’ masterpieces will add a touch of whimsy to your garden while providing a stylish abode for your feathered friends. Made of Red Heart cedar, which is native to East Texas, his elaborate birdhouses will delight your eyes, crafted with copper roofs, turrets, bells, leaves, vines, and sconces.
8301 FM 279, Edom. 903-852-7893.
Founded in 1982, this farm offers blackberries and blueberries by the pint or gallon—simply pick and “Edom” right off the bush! Summertime is prime picking season—should you miss it, you can sample their preserves and baked goods from the Country Store and Bakery.
10268 FM 314 Edom. 903-852-6175.
Take a break from your landscaping plans at Green Goat Winery. Owners Rip and Cindy Cunningham will greet you with a glass of one of their nine varieties. Warning: A stroll through the vineyard will have you setting your sights on something larger than a backyard container garden.
11384 FM 279 Chandler. 903-360-0448.
Make a weekend of it
While you’re able to see all of Edom’s offerings in an afternoon, you may want to stay and take in the piney woods of East Texas. Luckily, Edom has several places to hang your gardening gloves.
- Dragonhead Retreat Choose from the 1,200-square-foot cabin or 2,400-square-foot lodge and enjoy 25 wooded acres with hammocks, bench swings, and a rock garden.
- Wood Haven Cabins Retreat Stay in one of five rustic, hand-built cabins, each with porches and views of a private lake.
- The Farm House Retreat This scenic event venue boasts nine cabins with room for two or more.
The best days to visit are Friday–Sunday (most places are closed on weekdays).