Tour Texas’ Largest Azalea Garden

Designated “The Garden Capital of Texas,” Nacogdoches is home to the largest azalea garden in Texas. The Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden boasts one of the most diverse azalea collections in the United States. Encompassing eight forested acres along the historic Lanana Creek on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University, the impressionistic style garden features more than 7,000 evergreen and native azaleas accented with vibrant Japanese maples, camellias and other unique collections.
The heart of the garden, also known as the Council Ring, is surrounded by deep watermelon pink blooms of the ‘Judge Solomon’ and white accents of ‘Mrs. G.G. Gerbing.’ One of a kind native varieties found in the garden include the yellow ‘Aromi Sunrise’, orange flowering ‘Tipsy Tangerine’, and yellow ‘Admiral Semmes’.
The garden is located on University Drive just south of the William R. Johnson Coliseum (see map).
Limited handicapped parking is available on the west side of the garden (drive through the middle of the garden from University Dr. — no buses). All other visitors and buses can park in the parking lot behind Johnson Coliseum at the north end of the garden, or in the parking lot at the corner of Starr Avenue and University Drive.
Visitors are invited to explore the 25 miles of driving routes through the beautifully landscaped residential areas. Each trail starts at the Visitor Center, located at 200 E. Main Street. 

Bloom Update as of 4/25: The majority of the azaleas are past peak. The gardens are still beautiful and have some deciduous azalea blooms! 

Click here to view the 2022 Azalea Trail map. 

Azalea Trail




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