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By guruscottyJanuary 27, 2020January 29th, 2020No Comments

Compiled by Meda Kessler and Babs Rodriguez

Founder of the Poston Gardens Foundation and Daymark Living, John Poston enjoys the view with son Michael, born with Down syndrome.
Photo courtesy of the Poston Gardens Foundation.

Waxahachie’s wonderland of tulips

The 30-acre Poston Gardens grows a jaw-dropping assortment of tulips — we’re talking hundreds of thousands of flowers in happy colors — available for sale. Opening date depends on the weather but, once the tulips are up, the public is welcome in for purchases and strolling. This year, look for daffodils as well as four new tulip varieties, including “The City of Waxahachie.” And, as if a beautiful day out weren’t reward enough (selfie ops are endless), sales enable the Poston Gardens Foundation to help fund scholarships at Daymark Living, a facility for adults with intellectual and developmental delays. Open daily. Admission, $15 weekdays, $20 weekends. Tulips are $2 each and parking is $5. Follow Poston Gardens on social media or join the mailing list on the website for updates on upcoming events; 900 Cantrell St., Waxahachie, postongardens.com.


May 3 The Colleyville Garden Club’s Promenade Garden Tour includes walks through residential gardens, with club members and master gardeners stationed on-site to answer questions. Follow the Colleyville Garden Club on Facebook and visit colleyvillegardenclub.org for more information.

17 This year’s Hidden Gardens of Fort Worth Tour unlocks the secrets of green spaces gracing five homes in the Westover Hills neighborhood. Tickets go on sale April 1. Follow Historic Fort Worth on Facebook and @historicfortworth on Instagram, and look for more information at historicfw.org closer to the tour date.

Westover Hills is this year’s featured neighborhood for the Hidden Gardens of Fort Worth Tour.
Photo by Meda Kessler.


There’s magic in cavorting with butterflies, especially exotic ones like the Glasswing or Pink-Spotted Cattleheart.
Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

Butterflies in the Garden | Feb. 29-April 12

The Fort Worth Botanic Garden’s restored conservatory houses the six-week exhibit alive with flittering and floating works of natural art. Co-hosted by the Botanical Research Institute of Texas, the semiannual event allows visitors to stroll among hundreds of butterflies as the winged wonders frolic among tropical plants and other foliage — the warm, moist air doubles the delight on chilly days. Species from Central America include the crowd favorite Blue Morpho (a remarkably large specimen, with wings a vivid azure), but there are star players from around the world. If you’re lucky, one might even land on you, be it a Morpho, Malachite, Glasswing or a Pink-Spotted Cattleheart. All tickets are on a timed entry; buy on the website or at the door. Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., 817-392-5510, fwbg.org.

Dallas Blooms | Feb. 29-April 12

Whatever the weather, in Dallas, spring always begins with this spectacular floral festival featuring a profusion of 500,000 blooms, including 100 varieties of flowering spring bulbs — tulips, especially, along with hyacinths, daffodils, poppies and more. This year’s floral symphony is accompanied by six topiaries depicting different musical instruments. And, doubling down on the “Sounds of Spring” theme, topiary musicians “playing” the violin and piano add fun notes of their own. Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Road, 214-515-6615, dallasarboretum.org.