The first week of January, over 12,000 tulips were planted around the W.H. Stark House and the Frances Ann Lutcher Theater of the Performing Arts. In the beginning of March, visitors to those locations should see the tulip blooms start to appear.

“We’re hoping for a successful bloom and that the public comes to see the colorful display,” say Jones. “Optimal growing conditions are necessary for tulips to thrive and germinate in the Southeast Texas Region, and with this year’s recent cold spells the conditions seem ideal, but you never know until blooms begin to appear,” said Chris Jones, downtown gardening supervisor.

Jones hopes to expand the beautification project in the future, even though the planting was quite an undertaking.

This year’s tulip blooms can be seen around the Lutcher Theater at 707 Main Avenue and around The W.H. Stark House at 610 Main Avenue.