We didn't quite know what to expect as we drove to Tyler, Texas for its annual Azalea Trail Festival since it was our first foray to this town.
The Azalea District is well marked and can be walked--in fact, I think it's better appreciated that way. We parked in a church lot, then started walking along Dobbs Street and Lindsey Streets.
One of the residents had placed a sign in his yard inviting people to his garden, where a tulip tree, red buds and several azalea bushes were in bloom, as well as tulips, daffodils and moss baskets overflowing with flowers.
Several of the homes featured a unique trellis or arbor and interesting statuary. Cozy seating nooks amongst the greenery, distinctive fountains, stone footbridges, flagstone pathways, trickling brooks, koi ponds and even a greenhouse characterized some of the yards along the route.
Southern Belles dressed in flouncy gowns waved from some of the lawns. We were certainly inspired to be more creative with our back yard!
Please see additional pictures for some great garden ideas!
Picture #2 The azaleas were vibrant!
Picture #3 A little bird might like this!
Picture #4 A formal boxwood garden
Picture #5 Footbridges added something special
Special events are scheduled throughout the festival for everyone in the family. A photo contest is held each year to see who has captured the blooms to their best advantage!
I'm sorry to admit that I do NOT have a green thumb, so I really appreciate the efforts some people have made to create beautiful gardens. Fortunately, our backyard was already landscaped when we moved into our home.
I took many pictures as we made our way around the AZALEA DISTRICT in the hopes of being inspired to enhance our own landscaping.
Fountains added a romantic touch to the gardens, as well as, small, intimate seating areas tucked away in some far corner of the yard (pictures #2 & 4).
One family had neatly hung planters ascending a wall to their back door (picture #3) and another ingenius person circled the girth of a large tree with a 'belt' of pretty yellow flowers held in place by chicken wire(picture #5).
I think most of us were looking for ideas to apply to our own gardens and these are a few of them!