Carnivorous plant gallery Texas Triffid Ranch offers rare selection in Richardson

Paul Riddell owns and operates the Texas Triffid Ranch. (William C. Wadsack/Community Impact Newspaper)
Paul Riddell owns and operates the Texas Triffid Ranch. (William C. Wadsack/Community Impact Newspaper)

Paul Riddell owns and operates the Texas Triffid Ranch. (William C. Wadsack/Community Impact Newspaper)

Image description
Tucked away in a shaded corner of a south Richardson business park, Paul Riddell runs a viewing gallery without any typical art installations. Instead, the Texas Triffid Ranch offers visitors the chance to view 45 different species of carnivorous plants and hybrids. Carnivorous plants attract, capture and digest small creatures.

“We really are a gallery more than anything else,” Riddell said of his fish tank-sized enclosures. “All of these are custom pieces made by myself. I [also] do a lot of commissions and consignments.”

Riddell became enamored with carnivorous plants after coming across a purple pitcher plant in the wild while living in Tallahassee, Florida, in 2002. After moving back to North Texas, he began showing his own carnivorous plants at events beginning in 2008.

“I ended up doing presentations for events, such as comic and science fiction conventions, mostly because most people have never seen any of these in person before,” Riddell said.

He then set up the first Texas Triffid Ranch gallery space in 2015 before moving to Richardson in 2017.


In addition to showing at upcoming conventions, the Texas Triffid Ranch holds monthly porch sales where customers can buy plant enclosures. Those typically range in price from $25-$450, though commissioned pieces can go higher, Riddell said.

“I do a lot of work for doctors, dentists [and] lawyers who want to have something there to go in their office,” he said.

Riddell said he also advises people on getting started and what to do after their first purchases.

“[My regulars now] show me pictures of their kids,” he said. “In some cases, it’s literally their human kids and their plants have grown up together. That’s a lot of fun.”

Texas Triffid Ranch

405 Business Parkway, Richardson

214-789-8365

www.texastriffidranch.com

Hours: By appointment
By William C. Wadsack

Senior Reporter, Plano/Richardson

William joined Community Impact Newspaper in December 2019. He previously served as managing editor of several daily and weekly publications in North Texas and his native state of Louisiana.



MOST RECENT

A conceptual rendering shows what a high-speed rail station in Dallas could look like. A final design on the station has not yet been released. (Courtesy Texas Central)
Reversing course, Texas Supreme Court grants rehearing for high-speed rail eminent domain case

In the Oct. 15 order granting a rehearing, the Supreme Court set a date of Jan. 11 to hear oral arguments.

The amended version of the planned development unit will now go to the Austin Planning Commission for review. (Rendering courtesy Austin Environmental Commission)
CI NATION ROUNDUP: Austin commission OKs development plan near Lady Bird Lake; shopping center coming to Porter and more top news

Take a look at the top five trending stories across all of Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas as of Oct. 15.

A rendering of a flexible space inside Panther Creek High School, which includes learning stairs and a collaboration board. The school's attendance zones are drawn to pull from Lone Star and Memorial high schools. (Courtesy Corgan)
Frisco ISD proposes attendance zone modifications; rental community coming to McKinney and more top area news

Read the top business and community news from the past week from the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

PCR testing.
Richardson ISD partners with local lab to offer free COVID-19 testing for students, staff

The testing sites will be offered at the Lake Highlands High School auditorium on Mondays and the Richardson High School auditorium on Wednesdays.

Drinks.
Dunkin' eyeing early 2022 opening for new location on Belt Line Road in Richardson

The nationwide chain is known for its coffee and doughnuts and also offers bagels and all-breakfast sandwiches.

The Smoking Joint is now open under the umbrella of Click Click Chew virtual food hall in Cypress. (Courtesy Kirsten Gilliam)
CI NATION ROUNDUP: More restaurant, retail space could be coming to north Frisco development; Locatelli’s owners launch virtual food hall in Cypress, and more top news

Take a look at the top five trending stories across all of Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas as of Oct. 14.

Handel's Homemade Ice Cream offers more than 40 freshly made flavors each day. (Courtesy Handel's Homemade Ice Cream)
Ice cream shop now serving Highland Village; crepery and cafe opens in McKinney and more DFW-area news

Read the latest business and community news from the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

A rendering is shown of a flexible space inside Panther Creek High School, which includes learning stairs and a collaboration board. The school's attendance zones are drawn to pull from Lone Star and Memorial high schools. (Courtesy Corgan)
CI NATION ROUNDUP: Frisco ISD proposes attendance zone modifications; concerns are voiced over Grogan's Mill Village Center vacancies, plus more top stories

Take a look at the top five trending stories across all of Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas as of Oct. 13.

See how COVID-19 impacted Dallas County over the last week. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
Tracking COVID-19: Average number of new Dallas County cases drops 11% over last week

The seven-day average now sits at 571, which is a rate of 21.7 new daily cases per 100,000 residents, according to a county news release.

A rendering is shown of a flexible space inside Panther Creek High School, which includes learning stairs and a collaboration board. The school's attendance zones are drawn to pull from Lone Star and Memorial high schools. (Courtesy Corgan)
Frisco ISD proposes attendance zones for 2022-23; traffic signals coming to Lewisville and more DFW-area news

Read the latest business and community news from the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Mosquito.
Richardson to spray Oct. 12-13 after mosquito trap tests positive for West Nile virus

The Richardson Health Department plans to spray for mosquitoes in the southeast section of the city after a trap in the area tested positive for West Nile virus.

Gov. Greg Abbott on Oct. 11 signed an executive order banning all COVID-19 vaccine mandates (Courtesy Office of the Governor)
CI NATION ROUNDUP: Gov. Abbott signs order banning COVID-19 vaccine mandates; Frisco businesses seek to solve area workforce shortage, and more top news

Take a look at the top five trending stories across all of Community Impact Newspaper’s coverage areas as of Oct. 12.