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Visiting The Antique Rose Emporium in Independence, Texas

Nestled in the rolling hills of Washington County, Texas, approximately fifteen miles north of Brenham and fifteen miles south of College Station is the tiny community of Independence, Texas.  The crowning jewel of the area is no doubt The Antique Rose Emporium.


Owner, grower and retail curator Mike Shoup began experimenting with old fashioned roses in the late 1970’s.

Armed with a Master’s Degree in Horticulture from Texas A&M, Mike’s fascination with old fashioned roses led him to explore a variety of Texas native floriculture.

Today, garden enthusiasts from all over the state make the trek to Independence, Texas to tour the gardens and purchase native Texas ornamental shrubs and plants.

The grounds of The Antique Rose Emporium are a garden-lovers paradise. Crushed granite pathways meander through eclectic beds filled with salvias, native grasses, parsley, thyme, rosemary, succulents, irises, bulbine, old fashioned roses and climbing clematis. No matter the season, the grounds are manicured to perfection and the blooms and blossoms do not disappoint.

Mike Shoup has been vigilant in his study and collection of native Texas plants. Buyers can rest assured that plants from The Antique Rose Emporium are best suited for the climates and long drought conditions typical to the Central Texas climate zones. No-fuss maintenance is the goal for many property owners throughout the region. Plants like hearty succulents, salvias, lantanas and grasses are ideal for gate landscaping, as they require minimal water and maintenance.

The charming country chapel provides an ideal setting for intimate weddings.

If you can’t make it to Independence, Texas, you can visit their online mail order site featuring old fashioned roses at .

If you are interested in exploring the real estate possibilities near Independence Texas, or any other country property near Brenham, Round Top, La Grange or Fayette County call the offices of Heritage Country Properties today. We specialize in luxury rural homes and ranches and would love to share a piece of the country life with you today.

When you hear the country calling, call Heritage Texas Country Properties.

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