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Gardener’s Paradise: Spring Floral Festivals and Events

By Nicole Crites 4.10.17

From white prickly poppies to bluebonnets, sunflowers to prickly pear cactuses — the Lone Star State provides a plethora of perennials and native wildflowers that paint the highways and scenery as far as the eye can see. For fans of flowers and landscapes, check out these spring floral festivals across Texas. 

Dallas Blooms

Each year, the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden plants more than 500,000 spring-blooming bulbs throughout its 66-acre garden, resulting in the springtime festival Dallas Blooms, the largest floral festival in the Southwest. Through April 9, visit the colorful, booming tulips, daffodils, Dutch Iris and hyacinths, pansies, violas, poppies, and thousands of other spring-blooming annuals and perennials. This year’s theme is “Flower Power,” which will highlight a different 1960s theme each weekend.

Nacogdoches Azalea Trail

With over 7,000 azaleas, the Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden located on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches is the largest azalea garden in Texas. The garden acts as the centerpiece for the annual Nacogdoches Azalea Trail, going on through April 15, which features three driving routes of more than 25 miles showcasing spring’s blooming azaleas and the city’s residential and historic districts. The Azalea Trail will also feature special events such as The Old Stone Fort Bike Ride, Main Street Shop and Stroll, and Azalea Art Day.

San Antonio Festival of Flowers

San Antonio’s premier floral event, the Festival of Flowers, is returning May 27. The show is $6 for adults and free for children under the age of 10. Exhibitors include a mix of commercial retailers and nonprofit organizations showcasing their plants, products, and more. Events during the show include cooking demonstrations using seasonal herbs, a floral design challenge, and a city-wide plant exchange, where more than 1,500 plants and seeds are traded, making it the largest plant exchange in Texas.

Lavender Festival

Just a few miles from Gainesville sits Lavender Ridge Farms, a lavender, cut-flower, and herb farm. The farm is hosting its ninth annual Lavender Festival during Memorial Day weekend, May 27–29, with free admission and parking for visitors. The family-fun environment allows you to learn about agriculture and farming while getting to pick all of your own lavender, iris, and cut-flowers.

Bluebonnet Festival
Burnet is recognized by the Texas legislature as the “Bluebonnet Capital of Texas.” Each year, on the second weekend of April, the annual Bluebonnet Festival draws 30,000 people to Burnet. From April 7–9, people will flock to the small town to celebrate the blooming wildflowers and attend fun events such as an annual parade, live music, midway rides, pet parades, shopping from the various featured vendors, and more. 

If you didn’t quite manage to get your fill of floral festivals — check out the quaint town of Ennis, home to some of the most awe-inspiring bluebonnet trails in the Lone Star State. (Just be sure to use your Texas Farm Bureau member benefits to save on car rentals and hotel stays for your trip!) 

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