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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
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!! :-)
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.
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
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 :-) ).
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!
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
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
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.
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...
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. :)
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. :-)
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..
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 .
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
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 !
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
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!!!)
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.
Tsk, tsk, Terri. Sylvia is not going like the fact you don't have any hostas :0) shade or no shade
I was looking through some old pictures today and thought of another garden you'll need to visit, Val.
Mrs.Lee's Garden, outside of Gilmer, is open a few weeks during Daffodil season. I don't remember the exact size. It's a couple of miles of trails with nothing but daffodils. Very cherry!
No next time , Carri , four times is enough .Like pets , when this one goes , no more pets .
Tired of cooking , picking up , laundry , shutting cabinet doors , washing dishes , hollering , "Clean your sink and toilet " , cleaning the shower ,doing all the yard work ,hauling hoarder junk to the dump,. and putting up with a 45 year old step daughter that thinks it's all about her and her kids . His boys are treasures .
Shut up Sally , the paycheck is very good . LOL
It really isn't that bad , but why is it a man retires and a woman never does ?
Digger, they are easy to grow. I got a box almost full of them in the outside fridge. I bought them last fall, had surgery and never got around to planting them. Want some? Dmail me a address. They are yellow.
I have, but I'm not doing hosta's now as I have NO shade at this point. Should be about five more years and some of the trees we've planted will throw enough shade to start thinking of hostas, etc. Right now I'm just trying to get the roses and veg garden established and then keep the weeds out LOL!
I hear you, my shade is disappearing! We counted thirty dead trees we need to take down and a few near the house are showing signs of hypoxylon canker. So far we have taken down two.lol At this rate we'll be done in fifteen years. I need to get some saplings in and stop pulling all the oak seedlings or I'll have no trees left.
Get those HYBRID POPLARS, they grow 20 feet in two years and they are dirt cheap. I suggest potting them up for about a year though. You have to order them online, they dont sell them around here. http://www.eburgess.com http://www.excitinggardens.com
After your real trees grow you can chop them down for firewood. :)
That is wonderful news, Val! Wishing you and your family a smooth transition!
Sylia, thank you so much! I think the hybrids will work great! I did some research on them last night and looks like they are very easy from cuttings, too. I'm going to get some cuttings this winter. The west side of my house is turning into a sweat box!
Thanks Baja, I'm aware of the unsavory Lombardy Poplar. However, the hybrids really do seem different and chinaberries are invasive in my part of Texas...Of course, the drought had little effect on my invasives.lol
My neighbor across the back fence in Texas has a china berry he refuses to get rid of . I pull and dig up seedlings each fall when we get there to spend the winter . I 'm strongly considering ringing that tree if I catch him gone .I hope the roots get into his septic system .
The poplar I was referring to is the yellow poplar ,known locally by some as tulip poplar . Beautiful but a very soft ,week tree that is native on the east coast .
Ash is another to stay away from. After several years when they are too big to cut easy , the big limbs start splitting and dropping . Whole neighborhoods north of Austin , in Round Rock planted with them when developed
Yes, he accepted the job. He is finalizing the details. He will go out to Texas first. My youngest daughter is finishing her last year of high school so we will have a staggered transition, but i can't wait. I woke up the other morning and was dreaming of living in a house with much more greenery around me than here in Phx, AZ. It made me smile. I know that comes with the humidity , but that is what keeps the plant from frying like they do here. I am looking forward to growing new things, meeting new people and slowing down a bit. Plus I know I have new friend out there. :-)
Gabriell, Thanks! I am looking forward to it. I intend to spend as much time there over the next 10 months as possible (that is when my daughter graduates). We have lots of friends in Houston, but I am looking forward to having someone closer by. My Husband leaves here on August 17th :-( and my daughter starts her senior year Aug 8. My oldest daughter is marrying her fiancée who just joined the Navy, in January and moving to Florida, so we will be closer to them as well.
LOL. I feel like I am writing the next chapter to days of my lives or something. Anyways, I already feel welcome there. I love the southern hospitality.
Congratulations! I went through the move to Texas much in the same way as you--husband moved first, then I finished up with rehab of our old house and sold it, then moved too! Our younger son did not want to leave school at first, but once he went down to visit a few time and made friends he decided it wasn't that important and he moved and graduated down here...Stressful but fun all in one! Best of luck!
Thanks terri. My first visit with my daughter will be in October. My husband sends me lots of pictures and he likes the guys he works with. BTW, they told him about a magazoine called guns and gardening. I had to laugh when I thought about who might be the target audience. I have subscribed to birds & blooms, but just because I like the birds and flowers.