Azalea & Spring Flower Trail

March 20 – April 5, 2020
2021 Dates Pending

We welcome you to Tyler’s 61st Annual Azalea & Spring Flower Trail, featuring mile after mile of blooming azaleas, dogwoods, and spring flowers. This annual spring event has been described as a floral wonderland and a photographer’s paradise. Enjoy springtime in Tyler…stroll the beautiful gardens, join one of the many community events, and visit our offerings of fine and performing arts.

 

Even though the blooms have come and gone, enjoy this glimpse into this year’s season. 4/6/20

AZALEA FAQ

The entire Trail is approximately 8 miles.

The Lindsey Trail was the original trail. A second trail, the Dobbs Trail (Rusk Trail), was added to accommodate additional homes displaying flowers and azaleas that bloomed during the Trail. As more homes were added, it became confusing, if not impossible, to design a single trail that could be easily followed. Both trails have and will be changed as more homes and streets participate.

The trails are named after the streets where they become distinct trails.

Parking is allowed on any of the streets with the exception of South Broadway Ave (U.S. 69). Two of the most popular places to park:
South College Avenue, between Lindsey Lane and Dobbs Street near Bergfeld Park.
Belmont Drive, between First & Second Street, is a great place to stretch your legs and see the flowers and azaleas up close and personal.

You may walk the trail but it would be best to walk the area between West 4th Street and West Dobbs Street. The streets are wider and there are plenty of sidewalks.

You can expect cool weather in the mornings, warming up in the afternoon. Texas weather, however, can change rapidly causing temperatures to cool or rainy weather. It is best to wear layers of clothes that can be removed if the temperature turns warm.

There are several restaurants located around Bergfeld Center and Downtown Tyler. There is a complete listing of restaurants available at the Visitor’s Center (315 North Broadway) or here on our site.

You can locate a hotel, bed and breakfast, or RV/campground here on our site. There is also a list of hotels available at the Visitor’s Center at 315 North Broadway. The Center usually has a list of hotels that are offering specials and has coupon books available for those who would like one.

There are several other activities and attractions occurring during the Azalea Trail. Visit our online calendar for details.

EVENTS

Gone with the Wind

  • March 21 / Sat / 2-6pm
  • Admission $7 per person; 4 and under $4
  • Liberty Hall
    103 E. Erwin St.
  • 903.595.7274

Kick off Azalea & Spring Flower Trail with southern sweet tea and the classic Civil War epic, Gone with the Wind, at the historic Liberty Hall! Some of the Azalea Belles themselves will be there, so don’t miss it!

Dallas Hunter Jumper Scholarship Circuit – Season Opener

  • March 21-22 / Sat – Sun / 8am-5pm
  • Admission: FREE for spectators
  • Texas Rose Horse Park
    14078 State Hwy 110 N.
  • 903.882.8696

The Hunter/Jumper sport is made up of two disciplines: Hunter and Jumper. Each show offers competition for riders of varying age and skill levels. Each offers Hunter, Jumper, and Equitation classes.

Gallery Main Street Art Exhibit

  • March-April / Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm / Second Sat, 12-4pm
  • Admission: FREE
  • Gallery Main Street
    110 N. College Ave.
  • 903.593.6905

Check out Gallery Main Street’s local art exhibit at our new location inside the Plaza Tower at 110 N. College Ave. Grab a coffee, snack, and souvenir while you’re there.

Azalea Arts and Crafts Fair

  • March 21-22 / Sat 9am-5pm / Sun 11am-5pm
  • Admission: Free; Kid’s Zone and Food Trucks for a fee
  • Bergfeld Park,
    1510 S. College Ave.
  • 903.531.1214

More than 70 vendors expected with handmade items such as fine art, jewelry, wood crafts, metal, sewing, authors of books, photography, bath and body, candles, and so much more. Live entertainment both days.

New Texas Sinfonia

  • March 21-22 / Sat 7pm / Sun 3pm
  • Admission: $10
  • First Presbyterian Church
    230 W. Rusk
  • 903.597.6317

FPC has long been a hub for the fine arts in East Texas, and this season is no exception. This program features a chamber orchestra with a wide appeal to audiences with diverse musical tastes.

McC Rider’s Shuttle Service

  • Mar 20-22, Mar 27-29, Apr 3-5 / Fri-Sun / 10am-5pm (leaving hourly)
  • Admission: $10 per person; children 5 and under Free
  • Broadway & Dobbs Streets
  • 903.330.8262

Let someone else do the driving through the Azalea Trails in an open-air touring shuttle. Tours will depart from Broadway & Dobbs Streets.

15th Annual Life in Tyler Photography Contest

  • March 21-April 5 / Mon-Sat 8am-5pm / Sun 1-5pm
  • Admission: Free
  • Rose Garden Center
    420 Rose Park Dr.
  • 903.531.1214

Photos depicting life in Tyler including youth, adult, and professional categories. Information and registration form online. $3 per entry.

Spring into Bergfeld Center

  • Mar 26-28, Apr 2-4 / Thur-Sat / 10am-5pm
  • Admission: Free
  • Bergfeld Shopping Center
    7th, 8th & 9th Street Stores
  • 903.504.5557

Special events and spring sales in the various stores throughout Bergfeld Shopping Center.

Tyler State Park Dogwood Days Driving and Walking Tour

  • March 20-April 5 / Daily /8am-Sunset
  • Admission: $6 per person 13 and older; 12 and under free
  • Tyler State Park
    789 Park Rd 16
  • 903.597.5338

Take a self-guided vehicle tour or enjoy the many trails at Tyler State Park to see beautiful blooming dogwoods and other spring flowers. Enjoy fun and informative Ranger Programs on Saturdays.

Tyler Azalea 10k, 5k, & Kid’s Race

  • March 21 / Sat / 8am
  • Admission: $25-$45
  • Bergfeld Park
    1510 S College Ave
  • 903.721.0751

Photos depicting life in Tyler including youth, adult, and professional categories. Information and registration form online. $3 per entry.

Mingling in the Garden

  • March 27 / Fri / 11am-1pm
  • Admission: $10 per person or $25 per group
  • 1859 Goodman-LeGrand House & Museum
    624 N Broadway Ave
  • 903.531.1286

It’s a garden party! Enjoy refreshments while you take advantage of the beautiful atmosphere of the park. Picnic blankets, classic yard games, and ambient music. Remember to bring a plant for the plant swap at noon.

Eras of Success – The Women of Smith County, Texas

  • March 20-April 5 / Tues-Fri 10am-4pm / Sat 12-4pm
  • Admission: FREE
  • Historic Carnegie Library Building
    125 S College Ave
  • 903.592.5993

The Smith County Historical Society’s newest exhibit honors the success of Smith County Texas women. Encompassing personal stories, tragedies, and achievements, SCHS explores the obstacles women of the era overcame. Significant objects and photographs from the Society’s collections are on display to further acknowledge the accomplishments of these ambitious women.

Tyler Obedience Training Club – Dog Agility Show

  • March 21-22 / Sat-Sun / 8am-5pm
  • Admission: FREE for spectators
  • Texas Rose Horse Park
    14078 State Hwy 110 N
  • 903.882.8696

Dog Agility is a sport that tests a person’s skills in training and handling of dogs over an obstacle course. Competitors race against the clock as they direct their dogs to jump hurdles, scale ramps, burst through tunnels, and weave through a line of poles in an obstacle course configuration.

39th Annual Tyler Quilt Show

  • March 27-28 / Fri-Sat / 9:30am-4:30pm
  • Admission: $8 per person
  • Harvey Hall Convention Center
    2000 W Front St
  • 903.747.7072

Enjoy shopping with our vendors and viewing the beautiful quilts.

24th Biennial Needleart Show

  • March 27-28 / Fri 10am-5pm / Sat 10am-4pm
  • Admission: $3 per person
  • Tyler Rose Garden Center
    420 Rose Park Dr
  • 903.531.1212

Display of many types of needlework involving a threaded needle, Canvas work, drawn thread, counted cross-stitch, surface embroidery, stump work, black work, beading, and more. Boutique items available. Membership sign up.

Rose City Artisans & Flower Market

  • April 3-4 / Fri-Sat / 10am-4pm
  • Admission: FREE
  • 1859 Goodman-LeGrand House & Museum
    624 N Broadway Ave
  • 903.531.1286

Visit the fresh, upscale artisans and flower market on the front lawn. Find unique pottery, gifts, and paintings. Need flowers or plants? We have what you need, and the vendors are experienced growers.

Texas Rose Horse Park Spring Horse Trials – Cross Country Event

  • March 27-29 / Fri 3-6pm / Sat-Sun 8am-4pm
  • Admission: FREE for spectators
  • Texas Rose Horse Park
    14078 State Hwy 110 N
  • 903.882.8696

Three phases of cross country events: Dressage consists of exact sequence of movements, demonstrating balance, rhythm, & obedience. Cross Country proves speed, endurance, & jumping ability of horses over varied terrain and solid obstacles. Show Jumping tests horse and rider’s precision over series of fences, which are easily knocked down.

Spirits of Oakwood

  • March 28 / Sat / Gates Open at 1pm; Tours Start Every 10 Minutes; Last Tour at 4:30pm
  • Admission: $10 per person, children 12 & under free
  • Oakwood Cemetery
    Corner of Oakwood & Palace
  • 903.316.2201

Enjoy a guided walking tour through Historic Oakwood Cemetery. Historians will be dressed in period clothing portraying notable Tyler and Smith County citizens buried in this beautiful old cemetery.

East Texas Symphony Orchestra Concert: Symphonie fantastique

  • March 28 / Sat / 7:30pm
  • Admission: $18-$65
  • UT Tyler Cowan Center
    3900 University Blvd
  • 903.566.7424

Enjoy Hector Berlioz’s musical masterpiece, exploring the life of a troubled artist. Symphonie fantastique was described by Leonard Bernstein as “the first musical expedition into psychedelia.” Guest conductor for the concert is the internationally acclaimed Yoav Talmi.

Novel Ideas Book Club

  • April 2 / Thur / 7-9pm
  • Admission: FREE
  • 1859 Goodman-LeGrand House & Museum
    624 N Broadway Ave
  • 903.531.1286

You don’t have to be a young adult to enjoy award-winning literature. Every first Thursday of the month. Refreshments and open discussion over the book of the month. Read, listen to it, or watch it. Bring your perspectives and opinions.

Seniors Celebrating Life

  • April 2 / Thur / 8:30am-2pm
  • Admission: FREE and door prizes
  • Harvey Convention Center
    2000 W Front
  • 903.592.1661

Annual senior event includes free fun, educational, and interactive presentations to choose from that help seniors be more active and informed.

Texas Rose Dressage Classic

  • April 3-5 / Fri-Sun / 8am-5pm
  • Admission: FREE for spectators
  • Texas Rose Horse Park
    14078 State Hwy 110 N
  • 903.882.8696

A competitive equestrian sport defined as the highest expression of horse training, where horse and rider are expected to perform from memory a series of predetermined movements. Dressage is occasionally referred to as “Horse Ballet.”

Rambling Roses 48th Anniversary Dance

  • April 4 / Sat / 6:30-9:30pm
  • Admission: Dancers, $7 donation / Spectators, FREE
  • Tyler Senior Center
    1915 Garden Valley Rd

Rambling Roses 48th Anniversary Dance with the dynamic duo: Tim Tyl calling and Fred Ayers cueing. Food served at 6:30pm, dancing starts at 7pm. The best “tin can auction” in East Texas is right here. Try your hand at winning a super gift.

First Presbyterian Church’s Sesquicentennial Celebration

  • April 5 / Sun / 12 Noon
  • Admission: FREE
  • First Presbyterian Church
    230 W Rusk
  • 903.597.6317

FPC will be celebrating its 150th year. All are invited for a church-wide celebration!

HISTORIC HOMES

Bonner-Whitaker-McClendon Historic Home Tour

  • Mar 20-21, Mar 27-28, Apr 3-4 / 10am-4pm
  • Admission: $7 per person, special group rates for 15+ people,
    Children under 12 Free
  • 806 W Houston St.
  • 903.592.3533

Historical Home built in 1878. The McClendon’s had 9 children. The youngest was Sarah McClendon, noted Washington, D.C. news journalist, whose career spanned the terms of 12 presidents.

Roseland Plantation Historic Tour & Afternoon Tea

  • Mar 23, 25 & 27 / Mon, Wed, & Fri 2pm
  • Admission: $35 per person for Tea & Tour; $10 per person for tours only (reservation required for both).
  • Roseland Plantation
    2591 State Hwy 64 W (6 miles west of Tyler Pounds Regional Airport)
  • 903.849.0205

Four-course Afternoon Tea and Historic Plantation Tour.

Historic Tyler, Inc. Candlelight Tour & Party

  • March 27 / Fri / 7-9pm Tour & 7:30-10:30pm Garden party
  • Admission: Members $100; Non-Members $125; $135 at the Door
  • Host Historic Home TBA
  • 903.595.1960

Tour a beautiful home in one of Tyler’s historic neighborhoods. Mingle in a lovely garden party. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres, music, and refreshments.

Historic Tyler on Tour

  • March 28-29 / Sat 10am-5pm / Sun 1-5pm
  • Admission: Members $15; Non-Members $25
  • Historic Homes in the Historic Areas
  • 903.595.1960

See the lovely historic architecture from the outside and inside. Tour guides will tell you the story of the homes and the unique architectural elements.

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