Tyler Texas Azalea Trail
Each year, during late March and early April, something magical happens in East Texas. Bursting with blooms, the 10-mile long Tyler Azalea Trail is most definitely the highlight of the spring season in East Texas. This year marks the 57th Annual Azalea & Spring Flower Trail. The festivities run from March 25 to April 10, 2016, spanning three weekends. I was fortunate to visit the first weekend, as a guest of Tyler and Texas Tourism.
I hope you’ll stick around for a few and join me on this beautiful photo journey. I have some gorgeous garden images to share with you!
The Tyler Texas Azalea Trail is a sight to behold. You can walk or drive the signed trail yourself, or take a guided tour through neighborhoods of quaint brick streets, historic homes, and residential gardens – many of which are open to the public. Blooming azaleas, dogwoods, daffodils, and tulips and a variety of other blooms are a feast for the senses. It was truly breathtaking and well worth the trek from Georgia to Texas.
The trail takes you through Tyler’s largest historic district, filled with gorgeous mid-20th century residences, all of which have been meticulously maintained. Some of the residences open their backyard gardens to the public. The Pyron and McGuire gardens were two of my favorites. They are so gracious to open their gardens to the thousands of visitors that pass through every year. These gardens are a true labor of love for the families.
I have visited and enjoyed many gardens over the years, but the Tyler Azalea Trail far exceeded my expectations. I didn’t want to leave. One could so easily spend days sitting in the gardens with a good book, or simply enjoying the scenery.
Everything about the town of Tyler was so warm and inviting, from the gardens to the people tending them. It’s the kind of place you’ll want to stay at for a spell.
As you make your way through the Azalea Trail, you will notice the Azalea Belles, young women who serve as hostesses for the event. The Belles are selected from the community and are required to perform community service.
Be sure to stop and chat with these lovely young ladies about Tyler history, and the spring flower trails.
There is still time to experience the Tyler Texas Azalea Trail which is open through April 10. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate spring. Go to the Visit Tyler website to learn more about this years Azalea and Spring Flower Trail, and stay tuned for more on my visit to East Texas. It was a lot of fun!