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Ladies in period dress during the Tyler Azalea Trail

Why It’s Interesting

This triplet of Spring events are good excuses to get outdoors and relax in an enjoyable setting.

The Story of Three Azalea Events

It occurred to me earlier this week that Spring is slipping up on us. Here in Texas azaleas and bluebonnets are the big favorites. bluebonnets appear on road sides and in fields across many areas of the state. Azaleas on the other hand are more common in well developed gardens. There are several well developed Azalea tours in Texas each Spring, and I would like to talk about them and also solicit suggestions for additional locations worth going to see.

East Texas seems to have more than it’s share of azaleas in the spring. Tyler is definitely a good destination if you’re interested in floral displays in a garden setting. This year is the 49th annual Azalea Trail for them. They have mapped tours of spectacular gardens in beautiful old neighborhoods. You wouldn’t want to miss the Tyler Rose Garden either. They have plenty of azaleas planted there and work on the gardens for a peak during this event. The Tyler Azalea Trails event is from March 14 to April 6, 2008. See their Web site for more details.

Nacogdoches Texas has an Azalea Trails event each year. The claim is that they have Texas’ largest azalea garden in the oldest city on Texas. The garden is the Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden at Stephen F. Austin State University. I’ve never attended this event but I have been to Nacogdoches. Somehow I know this is a good event and worth a look. Check out the Web site for the Nacogdoches Azalea Trails.

The Dallas Arboretum has an absolutely spectacular floral display each spring. They call it Dallas Blooms. I attended this one a couple years back and is was almost too much. The variety and expanse of displays was amazing. They have 66 acres of gardens, and you will be very tired if you walk them all. They say this year it will feature over 400,000 blooming bulbs and 3000 azaleas. Admission is not free, but this is truly a magical place each spring.

So these are the places I know about. Somehow I’m sure there are dozens of other organized events like these across the state of Texas. Please feel free to post your comments and recommendations for Spring floral displays and organized events.