I guess it would be redundant for me to ask you to guess where I went over the weekend. I kind of gave it away in the title, huh? Still, I am somewhat amazed. I have lived in Texas all my life and I had no idea we had a tulip farm. Moreover, it is only about 45 minutes from me. Along with the fact that tulips are one of my favorite flowers, this outing was a no-brainer. So, today I’m going to share with you everything you need to know about visiting Texas Tulips.
First of all, you can find Texas Tulips in Aubrey, Texas. This is in the north Texas area for of those of you who have never even heard of it. It was a lovely drive down the country roads to get there. Lots of fields and cows. 🙂 We took that drive on a lovely Sunday afternoon. We arrived at the farm about 1:3pm. It was PACKED. I mean the cars lined up along the road waiting to get onto the property. How had everyone else heard of this?
We parked and followed the crowds to the entrance line. It was about a mile long, but it moved pretty quickly. Tip #1 ~ take cash to enter. Cash gets you in via the fast line. By the way, the entrance fee is $3 per person.
Rows and rows of all colors and kinds of tulips fill the farm. It is really lovely. However, make no mistake. This is not a botanical garden. It’s a farm. So the flowers are arranged in crop rows. I have no idea how many varieties grew on this farm. A. Lot. Some had a star shape. Some had an edge with a frill. It looked a little fuzzy. I have never seen anything like them.
I had an opportunity to speak with the owners, who are from Norway. They told us that they import the tulip bulbs from Norway every year. This explains the many varieties. They also explained that the tulip bulbs have to have a chill period before they plant them. Apparently, Texas winters are not always cold enough for the bulbs. This is another reason they import them and replant each year.
While visiting the farm, they permit you to pick tulips. Hooray for me! A gentleman walks up and down the entrance line before you go into the farm explaining exactly how to properly pick a tulip and get a long stem. Each tulip will cost you $2.50. Each time I selected a tulip, my son would kindly tell me my new total. #hedoesn’tgetit You pay for your tulips before leaving. The kind people at the tents add it up for you, wrap you flowers in tissue after they secure the stems is a plastic “bag” with some flower
goo food(?). I was happy to leave with 7 lovely flowers that I have enjoyed for watching open for a few days. Tip #2 – pick tulips that have not opened yet. That way you can enjoy them for a longer period of time.
After about an hour and a half gazing at the lovely flowers, taking photos, and picking some, we headed out. I’d say it was a fun way to spend a Sunday afternoon outdoors. Let me know if you decide to go. I’d love to know how it goes. Also, if you’ve already visited Texas Tulips, please share any advice or tips you have for other readers down below.
Until next time~
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