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    Texas Connects Us: Texas Tulips

    A family from the Netherlands moved to Pilot Point to start Texas' first tulip field. And the TV show 'Dallas' may be a big reason why. (Published Friday, March 18, 2016)

    The popular saying, "I wasn't born in Texas, but I got here as soon as I could," certainly applies to a family from the Netherlands now making North Texas more colorful.

    "When we were young, we were always watching the television program about the Ewings, so it was always on my mind," said Cora Koeman. "It was a combination of the country and the city – the oil and the land, the farming land, the horses, but also the big city."

    Three years ago, with the catchy theme song of the TV show Dallas stuck in her head, Koeman and her mom left their home in the Netherlands for a family vacation to Southfork Ranch.

    "We had a rental car, and as farmers do, we were looking for good soil and just driving around and that brought us to Pilot Point," Koeman added. "Then I said to my mom, if you want to do something else with the tulips and have contact with the final customer, then I think this is the place."

    And that's how Pilot Point's "Texas Tulips" was founded.

    It's the only tulip field in the Lone Star State.

    The kaleidoscope of color leaves visitors in awe.

    "The flowers are just gorgeous," said customer Constance Stanton.

    Moving their business from the Netherlands to North Texas wasn't easy, but it's paying off.

    "It's one of the biggest decisions you make in your life. We had a company for almost 40 years, so it was a very hard decision," Koeman said. "I like Texas so much, I wish I was born here."

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