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Tyler Azalea Trail & Spring Flower Trail


61st Annual Azalea & Spring Flower Trail will be held on March 20 - April 5, 2020

A highlight of each spring season in East Texas is the 10-mile long Tyler Azalea Trail guiding visitors through neighborhoods of quaint brick streets, historic homes, and residential gardens filled with blooming azaleas, dogwoods and tulips.

History of Azaleas in Tyler

The first Azaleas were planted in Tyler in 1929 by Maurice Shamburger, in the Lindsey Lane area. Other neighbors soon followed, and the area became well known for its springtime beauty.

Over the years the word spread across East Texas and beyond about Tyler azaleas. In 1960, the first marked tour routes were established to help guide tourists.

The Azalea Trail Today

Today, over 100,000 people from all over the USA visit Tyler each spring to attend the Azalea Trail. Two marked routes exist today: the Lindsey Trail and the Dobbs Trail (see area map below).

2020 Tyler Azalea Trails

IMPORTANT NOTE

Concern over the spread of the Corona virus resulted in cancellation of many Azalea Trail events. Also, some gardens that were open to the public in the past were not open this year, and the Azalea Belles were not be on duty.

For details and a list of cancellations, visit the website of the

Tyler Convention & Visitors Bureau
phone 800.235.5712

 

What to See Along the Azalea Trails

The trails also display a high concentration of white and pink Dogwoods, Redbud trees, Japanese Maples, and spring bulbs such as tulips and daffodils.

Featured along the trails is the Azalea National Historic District, established in 2003, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It comprises about 950 homes built in the first half of the 20th century, with a large concentration of structures from the 1930s when the oil boom had a huge economic impact on Tyler.

The two trails officially begin at the Tyler Convention & Visitors Bureau, at 315 N. Broadway, and travel south. A good starting point is the corner of Houston Street and South Broadway Avenue.

Markers designate the routes that meander through the area streets for motorists. Actually, you can begin anywhere along the routes and not be disappointed.

Parking is generously provided by the First Presbyterian Church, near the corner of Dobbs and South Broadway.

For a map of the trails, visit the website of the Tyler Convention & Visitors Bureau or their offices.

The Trail is nationally recognized, and has been the subject of articles in publications such as Southern Living and Texas Highways.

Bloom Reports and Trail Maps

For more information, printable trail maps, and bloom reports, we recommend a visit to the website of the
Tyler Convention & Visitors Bureau
phone 800.235.5712


The Azalea Belles

Tyler Azalea Belles attending the ribbon cutting ceremony officially opening the Tyler Azalea and Spring Flower TrailsTyler Azalea Belles appearing at the ribbon cutting ceremony of the Azalea Trails (TylerTexasOnline staff photo)

The official greeters of the Azalea Trail are known as the Azalea Belles, young women from the local area who serve as Tyler ambassadors along the trails. The Belles, dressed in antebellum gowns, have an opportunity to promote Tyler, greet visitors and pose for photographs in front of scenic azaleas and spring flowers in the historic Brick Street District.

The Belles are 9th and 10th grade students and are chosen each year from area high schools or home school families. It's an honor to be chosen as one of the Azalea Belles, a tradition that dates back many years.

Each participant is assigned a long antebellum style dress for the duration of the Trails. Two or three Belles are assigned to each posing location/home.

Freshman and sophomore high school girls residing in Smith County are eligible to apply.

 

Photos from Recent Tyler Texas Azalea Trails (TylerTexasOnline Staff Photos)

The photos  below were taken along the Tyler Azalea Trails. Blooms were well underway on azaleas, tulips, dogwoods, redbuds and other flowers and trees.

"You are Welcome to Walk Through our Back Yard" ... sign on the Tyler Texas Azalea & Spring Flower Trails
"You are Welcome to Walk Through our Back Yard" ... sign on the Tyler Texas Azalea & Spring Flower Trails

Along Dobbs Street during the Tyler Texas Azalea & Spring Flower Trails
Along Dobbs Street during the Tyler Texas Azalea & Spring Flower Trails

Young violin player entertaining the crowd at the opening of the 2014 Tyler Azalea Trails, March 21, 2014

Quaint cottage along the Tyler Texas Azalea & Spring Flower Trails
Quaint cottage along the Tyler Texas Azalea & Spring Flower Trails
Tulips in full bloom in Tyler along the Azalea & Spring Flower Trails
Photo of tulips in full bloom in Tyler Texas along the Azalea & Spring Flower Trails
Yellow Azaleas
Yellow Azaleas, Tyler Texas
Purple Creeping Phloxl
Purple Creeping Phlox seen on the Tyler Azalea Trail
Dogwoods in Spring in Tyler Texas
Dogwoods in Spring in Tyler Texas
Lady Bankshire Roses g on the Tyler TX Azalea Trail
Lady Bankshire Roses blooming on the Tyler TX Azalea Trail

The Fitzgerald Home, 815 South Broadway Avenue, Tyler, Texas, on the Azalea Trail. Built in 1898, now restored ... includes the offices of Historic Tyler, Inc. On the National Register of Historic Places.
The Fitzgerald Home, Tyler, Texas, on the Azalea Trail


The Woman's Building, 911 South Broadway Avenue, Tyler, on the Azalea Trail between Dobbs Street and Lindsey Lane. This 3-story, Federal style structure built in 1932 is on the National Register of Historic Places
The Woman's Building, South Broadway Avenue, Tyler, Texas, on the Azalea Trail

Photo along the Tyler Texas Azalea Trails on March 6, 2016 Photo along the Tyler Texas Azalea Trails on March 6, 2016


That Other Tyler Flower: The Rose

Tyler is also the Rose Capital of America, the location of the Tyler Rose Garden, the nation's largest municipal rose garden, and the site of the Annual Texas Rose Festival held each October.

The Tyler Municipal Rose Garden and Rose Museum
The Tyler Municipal Rose Garden and Rose Museum (TylerTexasOnline staff photo)

 

Map of Popular Areas along the Tyler Azalea Trail
(courtesy of Google Maps)



 

East Texas Landscaping for Azaleas

At TylerTexasOnline, we love gardening, and landscaping, and East Texas is a great place for that pastime, especially during spring!

Pink azaleas in full bloom in Tyler Texas
Pink azaleas in full bloom in Tyler Texas

Among our favorite azaleas to grow, whether they are pink, salmon, red or white, have been Pride of Mobile, Formosa, George Tabor, Mrs. G.G. Gerbing, Christmas Cheer, Coral Bells and many others both in Tyler and in Louisiana.

East Texas Flower Photos

For more flower photographs, be sure to view the Helen Lee Daffodil Garden photo gallery showcasing millions of beautiful daffodils blooming near Gladewater.

We also have a gallery of East Texas Flowers, and another gallery of East Texas Birds for backyard nature lovers to explore.

Are you a hummingbird lover like us? Check out the photos and hummingbird videos in our Hummingbird Central website. And be sure to visit our new butterfly website at www.ButterfliesAtHome.com

In addition to the Azalea Trail photo gallery shown below, we've also included various azalea varieties that we have grown over the years. All photographs were taken by the author.


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