Tulips in Texas? You bet!

Texas Tulips sign

Tulips in Texas? You bet!

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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22 Comments

  1. Looks fun! I’ve been to a Tulip place in Oregon – this looks just as fun!

    1. Author

      IT was a fun afternoon for sure. I have never visited Oregon, but I would like to go. I hear that it’s beautiful. Thanks for stopping by today.

  2. Well, I’m amazed! I’m a Texas girl who used to live in Fort Worth and I never hear about the tulip farm. I’m glad to discover something new. Thanks for sharing at Over the Moon

    1. Author

      Shelley, I know! I had never heard of it either. Honestly, I wouldn’t have thought they would grow successfully here either. I was wrong! It’s a great place to visit. Thanks for popping over.

      1. Just want to let you know that this is my selection for Featured Post this week. Be sure to stop by Over the Moon this week to collect your badge!

  3. Here in Michigan we have this town on the west coast called Holland and they do a tulip festival each year. It’s amazing.

  4. Tulips here in Ontario mean spring is officially staying (usually means no more snow!) I love this post! Popping by from #fdflinkparty. Have a great weekend!

  5. My mom used to grow tulips in front of our house (I grew up in the Dallas area) every year. I always thought they were lovely.

    1. Author

      Wow! I’m surprised. I guess I thought our winters would not be cold enough for the tulip bulb to do its magic. Thanks for visiting.

  6. This Tulip farm looks like my idea of heaven. I’d pick about 50 probably. What a fun outing!

  7. I lived in Europe as a kid. Even though the last time I was there was in kindergarten and I’m 40 now I remember seeing two laps in Europe. I believe it was in Holland. They are definitely one of my favorites. Glad to know you don’t have to go so far to get them locally ! #fdflinkparty

  8. What an awesome idea. I would be broke when I was done picking. When I lived in PA we had a place where you could pick flowers at $5 a bunch. I did that often. The varieties were amazing..
    Enjoy your Easter,
    Bev

    1. Author

      Thanks Bev. Wow, $5 a bunch is a lot better than $2.50 each! The flowers were beautiful though. Thanks for coming by.

  9. Wow, it looks like it really was busy. What a fun outing! Reminds me of the tulip festival in Washington. Yes, you always want to buy flowers that are still in bud to get your money’s worth. Glad you had a fun day!! Thanks for sharing with SYC. I’m sure it’s not intentional, but I’m not seeing a link back to the party.
    hugs,
    Jann

    1. Author

      Hi Jann. Thanks for stopping by. Sorry about the link. I guess I forgot since there wasn’t a button to pick up. I’ve linked you now. Thanks again!

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