Azalea & Spring Flower Trail

March 19-April 4, 2021

Visit Tyler each spring when we celebrate the season with more than ten miles of residential gardens and historic home-sites covered with azaleas, tulips, wisteria, dogwood, and more. This annual spring event has been described as a floral wonderland and a photographer’s paradise. The Azalea & Spring Flower Trail takes place in March and April each year. Springtime in Tyler is one of the best times of the year to stroll the brick streets and enjoy the beauty of the area.

Download the 2021 Azalea & Spring Flower Trail Brochure

Follow Visit Tyler on Facebook for a progress of the blooms.

We are taking every precaution to make sure visitors are safe in light of the pandemic, therefore, we are encouraging everyone to enjoy a driving tour of the Trail. As we get closer to the date, we will update this page with any special events that will be happening during this time. Thank you for your patience.

Bunny & Egg Hunt

The popular Bunny Hunt is BACK! This year we have partnered with Pollard United Methodist on an egg hunt as well. Download this form with hints on where the bunnies are located this year. Fill out the form and turn it back in for a chance to win a prize. You might find an egg during your hunt as well. The egg is your’s to keep and will contain a gift card from a local business valued at $25. New eggs are placed each weekend of the Trail.

Download Bunny and Egg Hunt Form

Enjoy this glimpse into last year’s spring season. (Released 4/6/20)

Bloom Update – Updated April 6, 2021

There are still quite a few azaleas blooming. Other flowers that are blooming include Japanese Maples, dogwoods, and Bradford pears. See the photos below for updated photos of the Trail.

Unfortunately, because of the unprecedented winter storm in Tyler (and Texas) in February, there will not be very many azaleas blooming this year during the Azalea & Spring Flower Trail. However, we will still be celebrating spring in Tyler! #RoseCityStrong

Tyler is a beautiful place to visit during the spring, and some of the blooms you can expect to see include crabapples, deciduous azaleas, dogwoods, ornamental pears, spirea, tulips, and wisteria.

It is still a little too early to know for sure the full amount of the damage to the azaleas, but Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Horticulturist Greg Grant estimates we will only see about 15-20% of our normal blooms. We will be posting a progress of the blooms throughout the season so that you will be able to see in real time what the Trail looks like. Please check back to this page for those updates and follow us on Facebook.

Other things you can do in Tyler during spring include viewing the historic homes and museums, shopping, and parks as well as great places to eat and drink. Some favorite outdoor attractions include the Caldwell Zoo and Tyler State Park, who will be hosting its annual Dogwood Days Driving & Walking Tour. Also, be sure to check out our events page for any events that will be happening in the area during this time.

You can also download the FREE Thirsty Pine Tour and Outdoor & Adventure Passes for discounted rates to some of your favorite local attractions and food locations. Make sure to finish the passes for a chance to win a grand prize vacation getaway package!

Plant Care After a Freeze

If you are worried about the health of your plants, the first thing to know is you probably won’t be able to tell at for least 2-3 weeks after a freeze if your plant has been damaged.

A lot of azaleas and other evergreen plants after the freeze will have brown leaves, but this is not an indicator of the life of the plant. According to Greg Grant, the best way to know if your plant is damaged beyond repair is to wait until warmer weather and longer days, then assess the status of the stems of the plant. If the stems are dried, brittle, or cracked, those parts of the plant have probably frozen and can be cut back.

“Most plants in this area will probably re-sprout at some point from the ground or lower stem,” Grant said. “Actually a blessing in this situation was the snow because the snow acted as insulation for the plants. This means that most of those plants will see new growth at the lower part of the shrub where the snow was.”

For more information on dealing with freeze damage, visit the Aggie Horticulture Facebook page, the Smith County Master Gardener Facebook page, and Neil Sperry’s GARDENS Facebook page.

 

Listen to Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Horticulturist Greg Grant’s full interview about how to care for your plants after a freeze, when to cut them back, and what to expect to see in Tyler this spring on this month’s episode of Rambling Roses podcast.

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.

For the safety of the residents who live in the Azalea District, visitors are encouraged to doing a driving tour of the Trail.

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 are several other activities and attractions occurring during the Azalea Trail. Visit our online calendar for details or the Experience Tyler page for more ideas.

Unfortunately, because of the unprecedented winter storm that occurred in Tyler (and Texas) in February, there will not be very many azalea blooms this year. However, Tyler is still a beautiful place to visit during spring, and some blooms you can expect to see include crabapples, deciduous azaleas, dogwoods, ornamental pears, spirea, tulips, and wisteria. If you are worried about your plants after the freeze, please see our resources above on how to assess if your plant is damaged. We will be keeping a progress of the blooms above as spring gets closer as well.

EVENTS

62nd Azalea Virtual Arts & Crafts Fair

  • March 19-April 1
  • Online Event
  • 903.531.1214

This year’s event will be an online-only shopping experience. The over 50 vendors, featuring all handmade items, will be showcased on a Facebook event on the Tyler Parks and Rec Facebook page. The event will be live March 19-April 1 at 11 p.m. The featured vendors will offer a variety of handmade products.

Gallery Main Street Art Exhibit

  • March-April / Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm / Second Sat, 12-4pm
  • Admission: $25-$35
  • 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.

Tyler Azalea 10k, 5k, & Kid’s Race (Rescheduled for May)

  • May 1 / Sat / 8am
  • Admission: $25-$45
  • Bergfeld Park
    1510 S College Ave

Take a run through the beautiful Tyler Azalea Trail. This event has been rescheduled for May and will be in person. (Online only option also available.) We are proud to continue this longstanding tradition of running through this historic neighborhood.

Tyler State Park Dogwood Days Driving and Walking Tour

  • March 19-April 4 / 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 & other spring flowers. Enjoy fun & informative Ranger Programs on Saturdays. Advanced reservations online are encouraged.

Spring into Bergfeld Center 

  • Apr 16-17 / Fri-Sat / 9am-4pm
  • Admission: Free
  • Bergfeld Shopping Center
    7th, 8th & 9th Street Stores
  • 903.504.5557

Enjoy shopping, deals, and lunch at this annual spring tent sale at Bergfeld Center. Participating shops include The House of Wynne, RJ’s Jewelers, Sadie’s Stitchery, and Valerosa Gallery.

Bunny & Egg Hunt 

  • March 19 – April 4 / Fri-Sun
  • Admission: Free
  • Azalea Trail – Download Map
  • 903.593.6905

The popular Bunny Hunt is BACK! This year we have partnered with Pollard UMC & added an egg hunt . Download this form with hints on where the bunnies are located this year. Fill out the form and turn it back in for a chance to win a prize. If you find an egg it’s your’s to keep and will contain a gift card valued at $25.

“You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”

  • March 18-21 / Thurs-Sat 7:30pm / Sun 2:30pm
  • Admission: $20
  • Tyler Civic Theatre Center
    400 Rose Park Dr.
  • 903.592.0561

Don’t miss the PEANUTS gang in this musical featuring Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, Sally, Schroeder and, of course, Snoopy. See ALL the gang and bring the kids! We’re observing distancing at half capacity, so bring your mask and join the fun!

Off Square Downtown Spring Block Party

  • March 25 / Thurs 6-9pm
  • Admission: Free
  • Off Square Downtown Tyler

Enjoy live music, drinks, and shopping at this annual Off Square Downtown Spring Block Party.

Azaleas for Sale at Goodman-LeGrand Museum

  • March 27 / Sat / 10am-4pm
  • Admission: FREE (Suggested $2 donation)
  • 1859 Goodman-LeGrand House & Museum
    624 N Broadway Ave
  • 903.531.1286

Many varieties of azalea bushes will be available for purchase. Experts will be on hand to answer questions about the proper care for growing azaleas.

Dory’s Gardens Anniversary & Birthday Celebration

  • March 9 / Sat
  • Dory’s Gardens
    600 W. Rusk St.
  • 903.330.4663

Enjoy art workshops, line dancing demo, music and artisans along with gorgeous plants for sale at Dory’s Gardens 9 year Shop Anniversary & Birthday Celebration.

HISTORIC HOMES

Historic Tyler, Inc. Candlelight Tour & Party (Rescheduled for May)

  • May 21
  • 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 (Rescheduled for May)

  • May 22 & 23 / 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.

Goodman-LeGrand House & Museum

  • Tues – Sat / 10am-4pm
  • Free Admission, $2 Donation Suggested
  • Goodman-LeGrand House & Museum
    624 N Broadway Ave
  • 903.531.1286

A delight for antique lovers and historians, this Tyler landmark brings the past to life with original furnishing, photographs, and memorabilia dating from the mid-1800’s.

Bonner-Whitaker-McClendon Historic Home Tour

  • Fridays & Saturdays / 10am-4pm
  • Admission: $7 per person, Children under 12 Free
  • McClendon House

    806 W Houston St.

  • 903.592.3533

Historical Home built in 1878. Sarah McClendon was a noted Washington, D.C. news journalist, whose career spanned the terms of 12 presidents.

Roseland Plantation Historic Tour

  • By Reservation Only
  • Admission: $10 per person (reservations required)
  • Roseland Plantation
    2591 State Hwy 64 W (6 miles west of Tyler Pounds Regional Airport)
  • 903.849.0205

Enjoy a tour of the beautiful Roseland Plantation in eastern Van Zandt Country, just a short distance from Tyler. Reservations are required.

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