The sixteenth annual Nacogdoches Azalea Trail will usher in springtime in East Texas March 1-31, 2014 with a mixed bouquet of mainstay favorites.
As always, the centerpiece of the Azalea Trail will be the 25 miles of self-guided driving routes that meander through the city and include the stunning Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden – the largest in the state of Texas. Each trail begins at the Visitor Center, located at 200 E. Main St. in historic downtown Nacogdoches. Color-coded signs mark the routes, and maps are available at the Visitor Center.
“Each year thousands of people from all over come to Nacogdoches to see the gorgeous azaleas on display. With over 7,000 azaleas, the Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden is absolutely spectacular and a must see,” said Melissa Sanford, executive director of the Nacogdoches Convention & Visitors Bureau.
The Nacogdoches Azalea Trail will feature several special events including a Photography Show, Tour of Gardens, A Bloomin’ Good Volkswagen Show, Azalea Symposium and everyone’s favorite, the “Little Princess” Garden Party.
Entries in the eighth annual Azalea Trail Photography Show will be on display March 18-31 at The Cole Art Center, 329 E. Main St. Cash prizes will be awarded for the top 3 entries.
The Tour of Gardens returns this year. Nacogdoches’ finest residences on the Azalea trail will open their gardens to the public on Saturday, March 22. Tickets are $15 and available at the Visitor Center, 200 E. Main.
There are several other great events scheduled for Saturday, March 22. Hundreds of Volkswagen “Bugs” will invade Nacogdoches at the twenty-fifth annual “A Bloomin’ Good Volkswagen Show” 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Festival Park. The Farmer’s Market will kick off spring in Texas’ Oldest Town 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. with live entertainment, children’s activities, a variety of wonderful vendors and more! The ever popular “Little Princess” Garden Party will be held in the Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden at 10:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 per person and may be purchased at the Visitor Center, 200 E. Main. The Main Street Shop and Stroll will also take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in downtown Nacogdoches. Downtown stores will be offering a variety of unique finds, great deals, and specialty items all right at your fingertips.
For more information about Azalea Trail events or to schedule a group tour, call the CVB at 936-564-7351 or 888-OLDEST-TOWN, log onto www.nacogdochesazaleas.com, or be our friend on facebook @ Nacogdoches Azalea Trail.