A Bright Piece of Holland in Texas

Texas Tulips in Pilot Point, TX offers visitors a one-of-a-kind experience with tulips. (Photo courtesy of Cora Bot-Koeman)

By Jessica Crabtree

When it’s spring time in Texas, we expect wildflowers of all colors lining the roads and country side, not to mention our state flower, the bluebonnet. In Pilot Point, just east off of Farm Market 2931, new colors are emerging—tulips!
Yes, you read that right, tulips! In fact there are tons of them in rows of all colors: reds, white, light pink, dark pink, multiple orange colors, yellows, deep purples and more!

As if their beauty isn’t enough, their scent is equally as gratifying. So how did these uncommon Texas beauties make their way here? That story begins 5,000 miles away in Holland, also known as the Netherlands.

Pieter and Petra Koeman operate Texas Tulips with Pieter’s mother, Afra and sister, Cora Bot-Koeman. Nearly 40 years ago Afra and her late husband Piet started a horticulture farm producing leeks, chrysanthemums, irises and tulip bulbs in Holland. Eventually the family operation turned to exclusively growing tulips bulbs in greenhouses and became known for their early-emerging tulips. Production of the bulbs increased to 80 acres and each winter the family grew tens of thousands of tulips. Those tulip bulbs were then sold for wholesale at auction to vendors. To read more pick up the March issue of NTFR.

Petra and Pieter Koeman. (Photo by Jessica Crabtree)
Petra and Pieter Koeman. (Photo by Jessica Crabtree)