President Of Azalea Society Of America To Speak At Symposium
Posted 02 - 25 - 2013


Want to learn how to build a new azalea garden or enhance an existing garden with azaleas? Then join us for the upcoming Azalea Trail Symposium on Saturday, March 2.



Titled “Building Azalea Gardens: Large and Small,” the symposium will feature guest speaker John Migas, the president of the Azalea Society of America and owner of a design/ build landscaping firm since 1998. Migas will share his methods on developing a historic azalea garden and residential gardens. Attendees may bring their plans for their own project for Migas to review and give suggestions. In addition, John and Barbara Stump will give guided tours of the Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden and the new Gayla Mize Garden, highlighting landscape concepts.



While at the 2013 Azalea Trail Symposium, Migas will check on the newest SFA Gardens project, the Gayla Mize Garden, and other local planting projects along the Nacogdoches Azalea Trail to help with the planning for the 2015 National ASA Convention to be held in Nacogdoches.



“We are thrilled to have John Migas come speak at this year’s Azalea Trail Symposium,” said Lindsey Mathews, Meeting and Event Coordinator of the Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau. “He is an expert when it comes to landscaping with azaleas, and we know that everyone who attends will learn a great deal about both landscaping and azaleas.”   



The Symposium will be from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 2, in the Stephen F. Austin State University Ag Building, 1924 Wilson Drive. Registration is $50 per person, $40 for SFA Gardens members, and includes lunch and a guided tour of the Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden – the largest azalea garden in Texas. The program should be helpful to master gardeners and novices alike.



The Azalea Symposium is part of the fifteenth annual Nacogdoches Azalea Trail, which will be held March 1-31. The annual event will also feature a Little Princess Tea Party, a Floral Design Exhibit, a Farmer’s Market Spring Fling, guided tours of the Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden and 25 miles of self-guided driving tours along the Azalea Trail.



For more information or to register for the Azalea Symposium, contact the Nacogdoches Convention & Visitors Bureau at 1-888-OLDEST-TOWN or visit www.nacogdochesazaleas.com. Be our friend on facebook @ Nacogdoches Azalea Trail.                                                            

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