Georgetown Red Poppies are enjoying quite a reputation in central Texas and beyond!
Each year we celebrate the Blooming Red Poppies with the Fabulous Red Poppy Festival!
The story goes that after WWII a soldier sent home some Red Poppy Seeds from Europe. At first the Red Poppies began to grow wild, and now folks in Georgetown cultivate the plants and flowers. There are several locations around town where you can see these beautiful flowers growing; usually mid to late March thru mid to late April.
“On April 25, 1990, Georgetown was certified by local residents and the Texas Legislature as the “Red Poppy Capital of Texas.” Red poppies have been a part of Georgetown’s landscape for over seventy years.
“Red poppies have grown naturally in street and highway right-of-ways, in vacant lots and parks lands, and in native and cultivated areas of our citizen’s yards. We understand that Georgetown is one of the few locations in the United States where red poppies reseed themselves from year to year.
“Each April as the poppies bloom, Georgetown celebrates with the annual Red Poppy Festival.” ~From the City of Georgetown
If you’d like to try growing your own Red Poppies, you can pick up a packet of seeds at the Visitor’s Center located on the Georgetown Square. Here’s the address and there’s a map at the bottom of this page.
Georgetown Visitors Center
103 W. 7th St., Georgetown, TX 78626
We thought you might enjoy a few pictures we took in 2018 of the Georgetown Red Poppies!
If you click on any image you’ll get a larger view and a slide show.
-If you’d like to know more about the history of Red Poppies in Georgetown the city has an article here. https://poppy.georgetown.org/about/
-The City of Georgetown has put together an interactive map of the Red Poppy Locations.
-And, here’s a printable map of the Red Poppy Locations.