Check out these places to enjoy nature’s blooms in North Texas.
Want to bring the beauty of nature indoors? Spring is arriving along with the opportunity to pick your own flowers and relish their blossoms and fragrances. Whether you’re looking to take a day trip or stay closer to home, festivals in Dallas and Waxahachie and spots in Pilot Point, Ponder and Weatherford offer chances for flowery fun.
The Dallas Arboretum’s annual floral festival is in full swing. Running through April 11, Dallas Blooms touts 500,000 tulips, thousands of azaleas and hundreds of Japanese cherry trees, as well as a host of activities to keep attendees busy. This year’s theme is “America the Beautiful,” with the gardens featuring patriotic topiaries, including a large American flag. The festival also features live music on the weekends, cooking demos, Mommy and Me Mondays, Tiny Tot Tuesdays, BOGO Wednesdays and Thirsty Thursdays, which include a taste test of beers from different regions of America. Attendees 5 and older are required to wear masks.
Easter festivities will take place April 2-4 and include face painting, a petting zoo, photos with live bunnies, performances by Karate Dance Party, Counterfeit Radio and Groovadelix, and more. Additionally, Easter Brunch will be offered April 3-4 at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at Restaurant DeGolyer. Tickets are $59 per adult, $39 for children, and include a buffet, nonalcoholic beverages, parking and admission, tax and gratuity.
Through April 11, daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Road, Dallas. $17 for adults, $14 for seniors 65 and older, $12 for children 2-12. Entrance to the Rory Meyers Children’s Adventure Garden is $3 extra. $15 for parking, $10 if purchased online. Admission is buy one, get one free on Wednesdays. dallasarboretum.org.
Waxahachie’s Poston Gardens usually features more than 1 million tulips to browse from late February through early April. This year, the tulips move off-site to the Waxahachie Civic Center, where Poston Gardens is organizing its debut charity event, Tulipalooza.
The festival will be held daily, rain or shine, through March 28. Live music, food trucks and other vendors, as well as a you-pick-’em tulip field featuring a quarter-million bulbs imported from Holland, will provide family-friendly fun.
Tickets can be purchased in person or online at tulipalooza.org/tickets. Ticket fees from in-person purchases will go to Daymark Living; attendees who purchase tickets online can direct the proceeds to one of 12 area charities. Tulips from the you-pick-’em field are $2 per stem to take home.
March 19-28, daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Waxahachie Civic Center,2000 Civic Center Lane, Waxahachie. $20 for adults on weekends, $15 during the week; $5 for children. Senior admission is discounted to $12 on March 23. tulipalooza.org.
About an hour north of Dallas, visitors to Pilot Point’s Texas Tulips can tiptoe through the tulips seven days a week. Texas Tulips’ 2021 season began in early March and runs through early April. The family-owned,6-acre you-pick tulip farm boasts thousands of blooms in a variety of colors. Tulips are priced at $2.50 a stem.
If you’re looking to grow your own tulips, the farm is offering bulb sales now for blooming next spring. Bulbs prepared for planting will be delivered from early December through early January, so by this time next year, you could have your own tulip blooms. Bulbs are $1.20 each, sold by the dozen.
Through early April, daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 10656 FM2931, Pilot Point. $5 admission. texas-tulips.com.
Aunt Sue’s Barn
Head a little farther west and you’ll find Aunt Sue’s Barn in Ponder, where attendees can pick their own bouquets. According to “Aunt Sue,” as the season progresses, thousands of flowers will be blooming, with up to 50 different types and stems to choose from. Due to the tumultuous Texas weather, owner Sue Newhouse says the start date has been pushed back to April 1, at the latest, though she hopes to begin the week before. Check the website for updates. Visitors will be welcome Wednesdays through Saturdays until May 29. So if you’re a planner, you could even score a Mother’s Day gift by visiting closer to the occasion.
Tickets are available online, and Newhouse plans to charge $25 for the first week or two of April, when attendees can pick up to 25 stems for their bouquets. After that, the price will rise to $50 for the rest of the season, when more flowers will be in bloom, giving guests the chance to pick up to 50 stems. Masks are required in the greenhouse. Aunt Sue’s Barn also offers monthly flower subscriptions, flowers by the bunch, tea in the garden, garden tours, a special Mother’s Day event and more.
April 1-May 29, Wednesdays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at 13700 N. County Line Road, Ponder. $25-$50. auntsuesbarn.com.
From humble beginnings as Max and Billie Clark’s personal garden in 1972, Clark Gardens in Weatherford has blossomed into a 50-acre botanic experience. Open season runs in spring from March 1 through July 4 and in fall from Sept. 3 through Nov. 29.
Attendees have the chance to see thousands of flowers, various birds, butterflies, swans, peacocks and more in the sprawling botanic garden as they keep a lookout for the model trains that run through the greenery on 700 feet of track. Additionally, the garden features ponds, lakes, waterfalls and a Historic Tree Trail made up of 86 trees with informational signs for each tree. With almost 4,000 different varieties of iris flowers, according to its website, Clark Gardens is also a nationally recognized iris garden.
The botanic garden also offers group tours, special events including date nights and picnic packages, and an onsite lodging facility. The garden sometimes closes due to inclement weather, so call ahead. Clark Gardens operates as a nonprofit and is available for members to enjoy year-round, but nonmembers must schedule appointments in advance for the summer and winter seasons.
Spring season runs through July 4, Mondays through Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 567 Maddux Road, Weatherford. $9 for adults, $7 for seniors 65 and older, $5 for children 4-12 years old, and free for those 3 and under. clarkgardens.org.
UPDATED at 2:35 p.m. March 22 with information on Clark Gardens.