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Texas’ Best Spring Floral Festivals

By Nicole Crites 4.10.17

White prickly poppies, bluebonnets, sunflowers, and prickly pears burst into action in spring, making Texas springtime a riot of colors painting the highway scenery as far as the eye can see. These festivals are all about celebrating this bounty of native and perennial flowers. 

Dallas Blooms, Feb. 24–April 8, 2018
Each year, the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden plants more than 500,000 spring-blooming bulbs throughout its 66-acre garden, resulting in the largest floral festival in the Southwest. This year’s theme is “Flower Power,” and the display of colorful booming tulips, daffodils, Dutch Iris, hyacinths, pansies, violas, poppies, and thousands of other plants will highlight a different 1960s theme each weekend.

Nacogdoches Azalea Trail, March 8–April 14, 2018
With more than 7,000 azaleas, the Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden of Stephen F. Austin State University is the largest azalea garden in Texas. The garden acts as the centerpiece for the annual Nacogdoches Azalea Trail, which features three driving routes of more than 25 miles showcasing the city’s residential and historic districts and special events such as The Old Stone Fort Bike Ride, Main Street Shop and Stroll, and Azalea Art Day.

San Antonio Festival of Flowers, April 9, 2018
San Antonio’s premier floral event features 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. Tickets are $6 for adults and free for children under the age of 10.

Lavender Ridge Farms, May 27–29, 2018
Just a few miles from Gainesville, Lavender Ridge Farms hosts a Lavender Festival with free admission and parking for visitors. The family-fun environment allows you to learn about agriculture and farming and pick your own lavender and irises.

Bluebonnet Festival, April 12–14, 2018
The Texas legislature recognizes Burnet as the “Bluebonnet Capital of Texas,” so it’s pretty official. Each year on the second weekend of April, the Bluebonnet Festival draws 30,000 people to the small town of Burnet to celebrate the blooming wildflowers and enjoy a parade, live music, midway rides, pet parades, shopping with various featured vendors, and more. 

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