Every spring for 81 years, Houstonians gather in awe of the Rhododendron's famous flush of flowers blooming brightly on their bushes throughout River Oaks. For three days, March 11, 12 & 13, some of Houston's most stately homes open their gardens for public display during the Azalea Trail. The River Oaks Garden Club organizes the pilgrimage in advance of prevailing seasonal weather conditions. This year, winter's warmth has the azaleas flushing with color right on schedule.
The 81st Azalea Trail leads garden lovers through neighborhood streets, along bayou vistas, canyons, formal gardens and the museum homes of Bayou Bend and Rienzi all in honor of the cheerful spring flower. Azalea's prefer shade but bloom the best with some sun. This year spring is alive and filled with color.
The ticket price is $10.00 per garden or $25 for all seven homes. Come rejoice in the wonderful spring-like weather and get inspired for your own garden! Take one day this weekend and enjoy a languid cruise down Lazy Lane for a chance to see the magnificent display. The azaleas bloom only once a year, so grab someone dear and delight in the brilliant color bursting forth heralding the coming of spring.
For more information about the Azalea Trail visit the River Oaks Garden Club website www.riveroaksgardenclub.org
If you are interested in growing your own azaleas visit the Texas A&M AgriLIFE Extension website for the Azalea Gardening Fact Sheet http://harris.agrilife.org/files/2011/05/azaleas.pdf