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Tyler Texas

Litchfield Park, AZ

I am thinking of moving to Tyler Texas. Anybody live there or close to there?

East Texas, TX

I live about approx. 75 miles south of tyler....we go there a lot....where I live we have a dollar general and a mobil mart,lol. we go to tyler to do a lot of our shopping. very nice place...growing by leaps and bounds

Litchfield Park, AZ

Thanks Lizzie. I lived in Houston for 5 years plus I saw the HGTV dream home built on the lake there (My favorite of all the dream homes). My husband has a job opportunity there and I am so excited, even though my hair freaks out in the humidy!! :-)

East Texas, TX

It has been humid! I think you would really like it there

Tyler, TX(Zone 8b)

I live in Tyler, born and bred.It is a wonderful place to live. Good schools and very church oriented.We have always been "dry" but there is a petition in the works for an election to go" wet".Now there is an uprising of people who are opposed.It will beinteresting.

We do have hot humid summers but we are just used to it. I think you can adapt.Email me if you have any more questions.

(Phyllis) Flint,, TX(Zone 7b)

WE moved to Tyler Area almost 6 years ago now from northern Illinois and I love it
As gabriell says it is very church oriented and has some good schools in the area.
Very friendly folks and a number of places near the lakes for sale.

Plenty of places to go out to eat and shop
and some Great nurseries for buying plants

but then when I moved here I joined DG and made some great Friends and the majority of my plants were given to me at swaps

Litchfield Park, AZ

Thanks for the feed back. My husband goes on Monday for a job interview. I am glad to hear they have some good nurseries there as sometimes I go just to window shop and see what is new (but usually don't leave enmpty handed :-) ).

Milton, MA(Zone 6a)

Good luck to your husband!

Litchfield Park, AZ

Thanks Carrie

Litchfield Park, AZ

How well do tomatoes grow there? What else do you love to grow there (besides the roses and azaleas)?

Rancho Santa Rita, TX(Zone 8a)

Almost anything does well
here, except delphiniums

Alba, TX(Zone 8a)

I'll bounce in late. We also moved to NE Texas from Chicago area, have been here a little over five years now. We're north and west of Tyler and really like it. We do go into Tyler quite a bit. A bit congested for us (moved here to get away from that), but do enjoy the restaurants and parks when we go there. I actually picked this area in part because Chamblee's is in Tyler (and now a division of David Austin). One can grow many things here! Good luck to hubbie in his job interview and it is a nice place to live! Can get country or small city in the Tyler area and also don't have to drive very far to get to Dallas or even Houston or Austin for a big city fix and shopping every once a year or so!

Grand Saline, TX(Zone 7b)

We're 40 miles north and shop in Tyler. I think part of the success of Tyler, is that is situated in the middle of an agricultural region. Tyler is a smallish city, or larger town, depending on how you look at it. So many smaller surrounding towns rely on shopping there. Tyler is large enough to have one of everything (except W-mart, there's two, maybe three of them).

Tyler has the rose festival, the surrounding towns have lots of agricultural festivals, cane syrup, sweet potatoes, watermelon, salt, peanut butter, strawberries, tomatoes. If it grows here, we celebrate it ;0)

Be sure and check out the monthly bloom thread on the Texas forum, it will give good idea of what we can grow here.

It's worth mentioning again, Tyler is an ultra conservative community, it's what draws many to the area. But again, I'm an outsider and might just be socializing with the wrong crowd.lol

Good luck to your husband!

Litchfield Park, AZ

Wow I feel like I have friends there already :-) I love all the information. Terri, I am looking to get out of such a big city too. Looking for a little slower pace. Cocoa my husband will love hearing there is a peanut butter festival and I will definitely check out the monthly blooms

(Phyllis) Flint,, TX(Zone 7b)

Yep Cocoa is right there are walmarts and there are 3 of them
Brookshire's is the grocery store mostly and there are plenty of them all over town and they all have a branch of a bank in them.
and yes church is a popular thing in the area and that is not to say church is bad at all.

Before we moved down here I did some research on the area and Tyler is like #1 for retirement community as we have plenty of doctors and hospitals in the area.
5 yrs ago Tyler was 8% cheaper cost of living then Rockford Ilinois and 11% from Champaign - Urbana

It does get congested on the loop especially at the time school/work starts and when it gets out at 4 til 6 pm, but depending on where you are going there is always an alternate route you can take instead of the loop that might be just as fast if not faster.

I love the fact I am able to grow things almost year round and that includes veggies.

Rancho Santa Rita, TX(Zone 8a)

We live about an hour away - in
a little town - just close enough to
Dallas to take advantage of
medical, shopping and restaurants
and the be able to pop back home.

I have two drivers who iive in Tyler
who love it !

Yje main thing you would need to
get used to - and I say this lovingly,
is that east Texas accent.

What did hubby think when he
interviewed ?

I personally think yall would love
it here. *yes I AM prejudiced)
but you DO already have friends
here!

BUda, TX(Zone 8b)

We're just south of Austin and our son went to Tyler Junior College several years ago. We made several trips to Tyler and really liked it. Tyler is a very big rose growing area with 4 or 5 big nurseries there. One trip we picked up almost 40 rose bushes to bring back for ourselves and friends. Not too bad a price at $2 each. We still have about 12 along our front fence.

Like they said, the area's growing. I hope they've finally got the road construction finished....

Grand Saline, TX(Zone 7b)

I'm glad you brought the hospitals, Phylis. Hopefully, you'll never need them Val, but incase you do, the medical facilities are outstanding.

I've been trying to think of some other things...the zoo landscaping is gorgeous in the spring time!
My favorite nursery.. http://www.bluemoongardens.com/Events.html

Oh, and Tyler is only a short drive to America's largest flea market.

Houston Heights, TX(Zone 9a)

I lived in Tyler from 1996 to 1998, transferred there from Houston by my company. It was culture shock for me. The evening news was very different from the evening news in Houston. It had a much slower pace and I thought some aspects of the town were 30 yrs behind Houston. It has extremely good medical facilities attracting patients from 2-3 hours away for care and is quite a commercial hub with many state highways crossing there. It is in the "piney woods" of East Texas and is quite hilly with the red soil so loved by pine trees. I lived in an apt in Tyler so was unable to garden outdoors which I missed so much. Im back in Houston now, retired and happy. I love my city with all its diversity, tolerance, art, music, museums, vibrant economy, and access to almost anything. Houston has no zoning laws so a neighbor down the street has free roaming guineas and one can paint their house purple if they like. I grew up in the country and and I dont miss it very much. I like the city much better. Just my 2 cents!

Ozone, AR(Zone 6a)

Hi Had to put in my two cents worth. We brought up our girls in Overton and my DH worked at GE (NOW TRANE) in Tyler, Till he retired. It's a great place. The Zoo is great and last i knew was free. Jacksonville not far south has great Nurserys,with great sales. People are friendly in general. I go back to visit at least once a year.
Plan on becoming a big football fan.
The wild flowers in the spring will take your breath away. There are no mountains nor beaches but the
scenery is beautiful. Like rolling hills. Paved country roads that beg for you to see whats around the next curve. The U OF Texas has a campus there and Tyler JR College is tops too.
Texas A&M has a research center in Overton. You'll also find some beautiful old homes around. The only downer is the hot humid summers, But the mild winters make up for it.
Hope you injoy your new home.
Vickie

Litchfield Park, AZ

Well the interview went well and we should know by next week. Steadycam, thank for your 2 cents. I would rather have several opinions so I can form realistic expectations. Even though I have lived in a big city for most of my life, I have lived in small town and even out in the country of Chickasha, OK (that is were my Dad lived) and enjoyed those places. Baja Blue, I love the Texas accent and the southern hospitality. Cando1 I am not a fan of the beach (I know this makes me a rare breed), but I will take a lake over the ocean although I do love mountains. I understand there are a lot of lakes around the area. I know there are more bugs in East Texas :-), humidity (which the plants should love) and apparently from your forums --- snakes. I checked out the pictures of the Dallas Arboretum and it looks amazing. Has anyone been there?
I want to the you all for the information and please keep it coming.

Milton, MA(Zone 6a)

Fingers crossed for your husband--I remember that "in between" period of not knowing, and it's not easy at all.

Grand Saline, TX(Zone 7b)

Good luck to him!

Yes, the Dallas Arboretum is beautiful, except in the hottest parts of the summer. My family has planned on going in the fall to see the Dale Chihuly exhibit. I believe that ends in November, maybe you will be settled by then :0) The DA also has big displays of tulips and iris in the spring, too, it's wonderful!

You''l also have to plan a road trip to the sunken gardens in San Antonio. Lots of koi pods, waterfalls and garden built in the bottom of an old quarry, very cool.


Magnolia, TX(Zone 8b)

I realize this probably never crosses anyones minds- Tyler does have a lot of diversity, only thing that ever irritated me in Tyler was the very bad habit of everyone tailgating, even griped at a county sheriff once and he laughed and admitted itwas true, chuckl. What drawl? That's just sugar on the icing.

Dallas, TX

I am looking at moving to Tyler or somewhere around it. I am also trying to get Smockette to move out that way too. Forgetting Phyllis and Coco, I told her she need to move there because I didn't know anyone there. Phyllis is really serious, but I could clown around with Lynea and Linda. lol We probably have a lot more Dgers out that way. Some one need to do a Plant Swap out that way. So I can come for the weekend. :)

(Phyllis) Flint,, TX(Zone 7b)

What? I am serious???? LOL
Well better stay away from me then when I'm not serious I could get you into trouble LOL

I thought since a spring swap didn't work that I would try again in the fall for one..unless someone else wants to do it instead


And Kittrina I have to agree the tailgating and the lack of turn signals is a pain, but it is mostly in the mornings around school time and after school/work it is the worst, but I have noticed it is just as bad in the humble area when I have visited my daughter down there. :-)


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Litchfield Park, AZ

hmm think this made a left turn I didn't follow. Must have been the lack of signals.

Deep East Texas, TX(Zone 8a)

Yup ~ that's east Texas for you. We don't need no turn signals, we just assume everyone knows where we're going. lol Maybe not as far north as Tyler but down here... sheese!

Wishing you luck if this move really is what you want. Kristi

Magnolia, TX(Zone 8b)

Yup, Humble IS bad- tho Huntsville has the worst Texas drivers bar none, everything goes there! Good luck guys!

Wells, TX(Zone 8b)

I moved from AJ Az to about 60 miles south of Tyler.. be prepared for the humidity.. my firit summer here it felt like I was breathing underwater everytime I went out side..lol.. My friend from mesa that was here in april she thought it was bad then..lol its way different from AZ but youll get used to it..

Dahlonega, GA

The only thing I dislike about Tyler is my ex in laws live there and have my 800.00 dollar micro convect that my ex D H stole from me.Other than that , there are good 4 lane hwys everywhere to help you get around easy . Lots of second hand antique places that are reasonable , usually out in someones front yard .

Dallas, TX

Digger if you ever get down this way I will go with you to get that convection oven. lol I have always wanted to try one out.
Phyllis yes you are serious remember those flowers you scooped up at that swap for your daughters wedding? LOL

Dahlonega, GA

That was years ago Sylvia .I even went to court over that and many more items that were mine when I married the B- - - - - d . Community property taken out of Louisiana . In La, when you get married , every thing you have becomes half your husbands .
I got the last laugh tho , I out lived all of them .AND half his retirement , which still comes in today .The teamsters are GOOD !

Dallas, TX

Digger, You go girl!!

Grand Saline, TX(Zone 7b)

I kinda sorry to hear that, Digger. I envisioned Sylvia going after that convection oven in military special OPs style... with hosta covered camouflage ;0)

Dahlonega, GA

Would have been fun , huh?
The same aunt and uncle in Tyler bought the camp house next to us on a lake in Ark . When they got too blind to drive from Tyler, they gave it to the nephew , my ex by then .He died about four years ago and his son scattered his ashes in the yard where his dad enjoyed sitting , watching the lake .After three years of trying to sell my house , next door , I found a cash buyer to take it and don't have to worry about the wind blowing dust in my face from that yard . LOL

Alba, TX(Zone 8a)

An OPs mission with hosta camouflage??? I don't grow hostas any more (as least not 'till I have some shade), but I've got lots of rose clippings, pulled up weeds, dead oak and pecan branches.....So count me in. If we can't go get the convection oven there must be something else in Tyler we can "re-aquire". ☺

(words just don't look like they are spelled right for me today!!!)

Dahlonega, GA

Yeh , when we get through with Tyler , we can attack Dallas .
Tyler is a laid back small city with low wages , low prices , good southern folks with a small town attitude that welcomes all new people into the fold and anyone looking for a slow paced lifestyle would love it . Not to say that there aren't high paying jobs there , just depends on what field you are in . I understand they have a good police , sheriff dept too.

Milton, MA(Zone 6a)

Digger, next time get a pre-nup! I've had some nasty ex- experiences.

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