Monday, February 20, 2012

Totally Texas -- Rains bring spring flowers

I write this on a day of continuous rain, trying to cheer myself with the reminder: in Texas, winter rains bring spring flowers. Substantial rain combined with this season’s mild weather could bring us a bumper crop of spring blooms and wildflowers. To help you with spring chores and show you where to enjoy the beauty of flowers like the cherry blossoms now gracing the Dallas Arboretum, today’s blog is dedicated to spring flowers in North Texas.

(Remember, flowers don’t always bloom on schedule. For events involving outdoor flowers, contact the websites to verify best bloom times.)

On-going -- Texas Discovery Gardens releases newly emerged butterflies daily at noon (because flowers need butterflies)! Entry to butterfly house included in admission, $8 for adults, $4 for children 3-11. At Fair Park, 3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Dallas, 75201. See

Mid-February - March --Mrs. Lee’s Daffodil Garden in East Texas, Highway 271 North, south of Gladewater. Open 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily, weather permitting. Free. For bloom times and road conditions, see

February 25 -- Calloway’s Nurseries’ Gardenfest program of speakers and workshops, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at its Arlington South, Flower Mound, Hurst and North Plano stores. Topics include bulbs, roses, color in the garden and more. Free. See for complete schedule.

February 25 -- North Haven Gardens, 7700 Northaven Road in Dallas holds classes on winter-planted vegetables, drought-hardy gardening and roses as edible herbs. Free. See for details.

February 25 -- Texas Discovery Gardens offers a new class on butterfly biology, 10 a.m. - noon. Cost: $15; $10 for TDG members. Register at

March 3 -- Texas Discovery Gardens’ tour of butterfly house (repeats on first Saturdays); 11 a.m. through 5 p.m. (last ticket sold at 4:45 p.m.). Included with admission price. See

March 3-April 8 -- Fort Worth Botanic Garden, 3200 Botanic Garden Blvd., joins the butterfly fun with Butterflies in the Garden in its Conservatory, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tickets $10 for ages 13 and over, $6 for children. See for details and discounts.

March 3-April 8 -- Dallas Blooms, at Dallas Arboretum, 8617 Garland Road, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily. See for pricing and special events during the festival MSN called one of the top places in the world to see spring flowers.

March 11 -- Japanese cherry-blossom viewing (hanami) -- Dallas Arboretum, including music and family activities. (Although the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens does not have a festival coinciding with cherry-blossoming, it updates bloom times on its Facebook page.  See link at

March 23-25, March 30-31 & April 1 & 6-8 -- Palestine Dogwood Trails Celebration. Festival in downtown Palestine March 24, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Complete calendar available at

March 23-April 8 -- Tyler Azalea and Spring Flower Trail. Azalea Trails Arts & Crafts Fair March 24-25; Saturday (24th) 9 a.m. -6 p.m.; Sunday (25th) 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. For complete calendar of events, see

April 1-30 -- Ennis Bluebonnet Trails. Bluebonnet Trails Festival April 21-22, 9 a.m. -5 p.m. See

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