Compiled by Meda Kessler and Babs Rodriguez
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.
SAVE THE DATE
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.
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.