Texas Tulips

Yes, there are tulips in Texas, and like everything else in Texas, they are big and beautiful.

Spring is usually when we North Texans begin searching for bluebonnet fields to take our Easter and spring photos. This year head to Texas Tulips for a new twist on that tradition. It’s a European-style floral paradise right in the heart of North Texas, with rows upon rows of yellow, white and pink blossoming tulips.

Texas Tulips // photos Priya Vin

Set on a farm only 45 minutes’ drive from Plano, Texas Tulips is a mini getaway for those who can’t make it to the tulip fields of Holland. For a $3 entrance fee (kids are free) and $2.50 a stem, visitors can pick all the tulips they desire. The staff puts them in gel and wraps them beautifully to take home and enjoy. Minimal concessions like chips, candy and sodas are available on site, but visitors can also bring a small picnic lunch.

Husband and wife Pieter and Petra Koeman, originally from The Netherlands, brought a piece of their home to Texas by opening Texas Tulips. Pieter’s mother Afra, at 73 years old, is still very active in the company. She, along with her husband Piet, owned an 80-acre tulip farm back home in The Netherlands, and each winter grew millions of tulips in their greenhouses. These tulips were then sold at flower auctions.

Pieter and Petra visited Texas several times, loved what they saw, and decided to set up a tulip business in Pilot Point, Texas. They found the perfect fusion of fertile soil, country charm and nice weather during the spring season. Tulips are planted in December and blooms begin opening in late February.

If you’d like to grow tulips in your own yard, plan ahead and buy their pre-cooled tulip bulbs that are sold by the dozen, ready for planting. The bulbs will be delivered December 2018 through early January. If you like the blooms but not the work, Texas Tulips will even come plant it for you. They have a bulb planting machine that can plant bulbs quickly and can even plant through sod. This service is available with purchases of 2,000 bulbs or more.

The tulip fields opened for the 2018 season this week and should last until late March. They are open seven days a week, 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. Check the Texas Tulips Facebook page for daily updates.

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