Yes, there are tulips in Texas and like everything else in Texas, they are big and beautiful! If you want to walk among rows and rows of tulips, Texas Tulips is the place. They currently have two tulip fields – one in Gainsville, a 45-minute drive from Dallas and one near San Antonio.
A road trip to Gainsville to see a Tulip field near Dallas
This weekend my daughter visited a tulip field in Texas with her friend while we were tending to our garden. We have a yearly tradition of visiting the Dallas Arboretum during their Spring bloom season to enjoy the hundreds of colorful spring blooms from tulips, daffodils, Dutch Iris and hyacinths, pansies, violas, poppies and thousands of other spring-blooming annuals and perennials. If you time it right you can catch the garden’s collection of 3,000 azaleas blooming as well.
After seeing the social media ads for the Texas Tulip farms my daughter wanted to go check it out. Set in a farm only 45 minutes drive from Dallas, the pictures looked like a mini getaway to the tulip fields of Holland. For a minimum entrance fee and $2.50 a stem, you get to pick the tulips you want in a cute basket. Then you pay for the tulips and the staff puts them in gel and wraps them beautiful to take home and enjoy. Texas Tulips has brought the joy of Holland tulips right here to Texas!
History of the Tulip Farm
Pieter and Petra Koeman, who are originally from the Netherlands, brought a piece of their home to Texas by opening Texas-Tulips. They visited Texas several times, loved what they saw, and finally decided to set up a tulip company in Pilot Point Texas. They found the perfect fusion of fertile soil, country charm within the DFW-Metroplex, and nice weather during the spring season in the gentle, rolling hills north of Dallas. They plant the tulips in December and they bloom from March to the end of April. Their mother Afra at 73 years old, is still very active in the company, she along with her husband owned an 80-acre tulip farm and each winter grew tens of millions of tulips in their greenhouses. These tulips were then sold at flower auctions in the Netherlands.
Pick your own Tulips: Here is how it works
Once you arrive and enter you can take a picking basket, which is available on the field. You can then pick the tulips you want to buy and create your own wonderful bunch of tulips! Bring the tulips to the kiosk and they will wrap the tulips for you in pretty wrapping paper and put a special gel on the stems to preserve your tulips until you can get them home to a vase.
Texas Tulips have some of the gorgeous tulip varieties, some of our favorites are Texas Gold, Texas Flame, American Dream, fringed ones, parrot, striped tulips and the rose-like ones with multiple petals.
Best time to see Tulips in Texas
Spring is usually when we North Texans begin searching for bluebonnet fields to take our spring pictures, this year instead head to Texas Tulips for your Easter or Spring pictures. It’s a European floral paradise right in the heart of North Texas with rows upon rows of yellow, white and pink tulips blossoming. The gorgeous pictures make your friends think you went on a European getaway to the tulips gardens of the Netherlands and is a perfect little day trip from Dallas!
Best time to visit Texas Tulips
The best time to see full bloom varies every year but the Tulip farm allows people to visit whenever the tulips are in bloom. Generally, the season is between late February and early April. We have been a couple of times and late February to early March seemed like a good time. Plan a visit on a weekday if you don’t want to deal with the crowd. This Tulip field near Dallas Fort Worth area has become popular these days and can be pretty crowded during the weekends and parking becomes a nightmare. Please check their website before you go: https://texas-tulips.com.
Additional Information for visiting Texas Tulips
Texas-Tulips near Dallas: 10656 FM2931, Pilot Point, TX 76258
Open daily from 9 am until 8 pm.
$5 entrance fee 16 + / Children free entrance
Free parking / U-Pick Tulip Flower $2.50/stem
Texas-Tulips San Antonio: 15122 FM 775, La Vernia TX 78121
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Updated January 2020