During February and March each year, East Texas area is treated to millions of blooming daffodils and other flowers at Helen Lee's Daffodil Garden.
We highly recommend a trip to see the gardens and walk among the blooming flowers, dogwood trees and redbud trees. Admission is free, but a donation is recommended, and appreciated, to help fund maintenance of the grounds through the year.
The grounds range from flat, open fields to hilly, wooded areas, and a number of small ponds and lakes. And don't miss Lake Josephine and the log cabin on the grounds near the lake.
The garden is located between Tyler and Gladewater, just south of U.S. Highway 271, about 21 miles from downtown Tyler and about 7 miles north of Interstate Highway I-20.
The two country roads (CR 3104 and CR 3103) leading to the gardens from U.S. 271 are narrow, but paved.
See the area map below for details.
The garden opens, depending on the weather, in mid-February and remains open through March or until the daffodils are no longer in bloom.
The garden is open during this time seven days a week. There is no charge for admission, but donations are accepted; we highly recommended making a donation to help insure this incredible garden continues for years to come.
For road conditions in the gardens and predicted blooming schedule, contact the Mrs. Lee's Daffodil Gardens at 903.845.5780.
You can also visit the New Lee Daffodil Gardens on Facebook for current information.
The road through the gardens is dirt/gravel, and one-way, but an easy drive
One large parking lot is available in an area with massive areas of daffodils and ideal for walks and photography.
A second parking area is located at the historic log cabin at Lake Josephine.
Shown below are a few photos of the daffodils and other wildflowers blooming during our most recent trip to the gardens in the spring of 2022.
Gladewater is an easy drive north of Tyler on U.S. Highway 271. It's a great place for exploring East Texas history, and is known for its large number of antique stores, antique malls, museums, restaurants, and festivals.
Be sure to view more information about Gladewater.
Tyler is the Rose Capital of America, the location of the Tyler Rose Garden, the nation's largest municipal rose garden, and the site of the Annual Texas Rose Festival held each October.
Established in 1952, the Tyler Municipal Rose Garden is the nation's largest rose garden, spanning 14 acres.
The gardens include over 38,000 rose bushes and over 600 different varieties, as well as reflecting pools, walkways and fountains. It was listed in 2011 in Livability.com's top 10 most inspiring gardens in the USA.
A highlight of the spring season in East Texas is the 8-mile long Tyler Azalea Trail guiding visitors through neighborhoods of brick streets, residential gardens and historic homes.
The first Azaleas were planted in Tyler in 1929 by Maurice Shamburger, in the Lindsey Lane area. Other neighbors soon followed, and the area became well known for its springtime beauty.
Today, over 100,000 people from all over the USA visit Tyler each spring to attend the Azalea Trail.
Two marked routes exist today: the Lindsey Trail and the Dobbs Trail.
And be sure to read our report on East Texas Botanical Gardens and Arboretums.
If you love daffodils, you might enjoy our photo gallery of East Texas Flowers, and another gallery of East Texas Birds for backyard nature lovers to explore featuring bluebirds, woodpeckers, buntings, goldfinches and much more.
And be sure to view our East Texas Butterfly Photo Gallery.
Are you a hummingbird lover like us? Check out the photos and hummingbird videos in our Texas Hummingbird Gallery.
Pollinators like butterflies, birds, hummingbirds, bees, moths, bats, ants, beetles, and small mammals pollinate plants and are responsible for helping plants reproduce. Pollinating creatures travel from plant to plant carrying pollen on their bodies via a process that allows the transfer of genetic material critical to the reproductive system of most flowering plants.
This video showcases common pollinators found around the home, and some of the many flowers they help reproduce.
It runs about 6 minutes, so sit back and enjoy ... and turn up your volume for some easy-listening music!
Like all YouTube videos, you can click to run it full screen, and mute the music if you like.