Designated the Garden Capital of Texas, Nacogdoches’ breathtaking natural beauty is a sight to behold year round. It’s especially a must-see during the month of March and April when profusely flowering azaleas take center stage during the eighteenth annual Nacogdoches Azalea Trail.

As always, the centerpieces of the Azalea Trail are the 25 miles of self-guided driving routes that meander through the oldest town in Texas and the stunning Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden, also known as the largest azalea garden in state. The 25 self-guided driving routes showcase the city’s beautifully landscaped residential areas and historic districts. The routes are divided into three trails named for the azaleas they feature, including Southern Indica Trail, Evergreen Azalea Trail and The Fashion Azalea Trail. Each trail begins at the Visitor Center, located at 200 E. Main, and maps are available online at www.visitnacogdoches.org as well as at the Visitor Center.

The Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden boasts one of the most diverse azalea collections in the United States. Featuring over 7,000 azaleas, the garden explodes into a kaleidoscope of color during the month of March. Paved walking paths weave visitors past evergreen and native azaleas in varying shades of pink, purple, white, red and yellow. The heart of the garden, aptly called the Council Ring for its circular shape, is surrounded by deep watermelon pink blooms of the ‘Judge Solomon’ azalea and white accents of ‘Mrs. G.G. Gerbing’ azalea. Unique native varieties found in the garden include the yellow ‘Aromi Sunrise,’ orange flowering ‘Tipsy Tangerine,’ and yellow ‘Admiral Semmes.’

The Nacogdoches Azalea Trail will also feature several special events including free guided tours of the Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden every Saturday, A Bloomin’ Good Volkswagen Show featuring over 100 VW Bugs, a “Little Princess” Garden Party, a Main Street Shop and Stroll, Farmer's Market Spring Fling and more.

For more information about Azalea Trail events or to schedule a group tour, please call the Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau at 888-653-3788, log onto www.visitnacogdoches.org.