FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 2007 Contact: JUSTIN TURNER (903) 592-6978 49 th ANNUAL AZALEA AND SPRING FLOWER TRAIL SCHEDULED FOR TYLER TYLER, TX 3 Plans are currently underway for the 2008 Azalea and Spring Flower Trail March 14 3 April 6 in Tyler. This annual celebration features eight miles of beautiful home gardens filled with colorful azaleas, dogwoods, tulips, wisteria and redbuds. cVisitors to our city can view these wonderful plants during their peak blooming season and experience the beauty and vibrant colors that only an East Texas spring can provide, d said Justin Turner, Tyler Convention and Visitors Bureau.
The eight mile driving tour begins at 500 S. Broadway (Hwy 69/Business Route) and E. Houston St.
From there, visitors can follow the posted Azalea Trail signs as they tour one of Tyler 9s most attractive residential areas. For the more industrious visitor, walking is a great way to enjoy the trail and allows the opportunity to take pictures. On each weekend beginning March 14th, visitors have the chance to meet the Azalea Belles, high school coeds, as they serve as official greeters to our beautiful flower city.
The Azalea Belles are dressed in antebellum style fashion and are available for photographs and ... more. less.
to answer questions about Tyler. cThis is a great opportunity for young people to learn about our city and all it has to offer the visitor, d said Justin Turner. cMany of these young people go on to be great ambassadors for our city. d The Tyler Convention and Vistors Bureau awards prizes in four categories to homeowners along the trail.<br><br> The awards are Best Display of Azaleas and Spring Flowers, Best Landscaped Yard, Best of Show (a combination of the first two) and the President 9s Azalea Trail Award. This year awards will be given to homeowners on both Trails (Dobbs and Lindsey) so there will be two awards in each category, with only one President 9s Award. Homes are judged on a number of different qualities such as unique landscape styles, floral display, garden architecture and use of garden plants.<br><br> Houses are judged by a committee of Chamber volunteers and judging takes place the weekend prior to opening day. So while you are out on the trail be sure and look for the signs. Along with the Azalea Trail& other 2008 events include the Azalea Trail Arts and Crafts Fair, Historic Tyler on Tour, McClendon House Tours, Azalea Quilt Show, Apache Belle Spring Show, living history demonstrations and historic home tours.<br><br> The Main Street Flower Market will once again be on the grounds of the Historic Goodman Home. Several other events planned for this spring include the Spring Fling Plant Sale, Spring Home Garden Tour and the Four Winds Renaissance Faire. Several public gardens are open during the early spring for tours such as Ms.<br><br> Lee 9s Daffodil Garden, the Tyler Municipal Rose Garden (Azalea Section) and the Ina Brundrett Azalea Garden on the Tyler Jr. College Campus. Beginning March 14 th and each weekend through April 6 th , visitors may obtain trail information at the Visitors Information Center located in the Chamber of Commerce, 315 N.<br><br> Broadway from 8:30 am 3 5:00 pm, Monday 3 Saturday and 9:00 am 3 3:00 pm, Sunday. The visitors center will be closed on March 23 rd , Easter Sunday. For a complimentary visitors packet please call (800) 235-5712 or visit www.tylerazaleatrail.com ###<br><br>