East Texas is Blooming

East Texas is blooming. This is a wonderful time of year to visit East Texas, for a spontaneous weekend getaway or a more lengthy vacation.Three unique spots alone are worth the trip: Mrs. Lee’s Daffodil Garden in Gladewater, the Tyler Azalea Trail, and the Nacogdoches Azalea Trail.

Visit East Texas to see azaleas in bloom.

Midway between Tyler TX Bed and Breakfasts and Jefferson Texas Bed and Breakfast Inns is Mrs. Lee’s Daffodil Garden, a floral paradise open each spring when the daffodils are in bloom. The daffodils are spread out over more than 800-acres: under trees, surrounding a log cabin, and along the edges of the lake, pond, and waterfall.

The land was originally purchased by Mr. and Mrs. Lee for its gravel; but Mrs. Lee grew to love it and had the vision to transform it into what it is today. She had the old gravel pits converted into a lake and pond and had a replica pioneer log cabin built overlooking the lake. She also purchased an entire boxcar of Dutch daffodil bulbs, which she had planted throughout the property. Each spring for 30 years, Mrs. Lee retreated to her daffodil garden. Since her death in 1984, Mrs. Lee’s Daffodil Gardens have been open to the public while the daffodils are in bloom.

As of March 14, 2011, the majority of the daffodils have peaked; if you can’t get there soon, mark your calendars for 2012.

The daffodils may be fading, but the azaleas are not yet at their peak. March 25 – April 10, 2011 is the 52nd Annual Tyler Azalea and Spring Flower Trail. Gravel trails meander 8 miles through town, past residential gardens and historic home sites. Walk it all in one day, or spend the night in a Tyler TX Bed and Breakfast and spend a few days enjoying the flowers in bloom.

Azaleas are also the main draw of the Nacogdoches Azalea Trail, about 90 minutes southeast of Tyler. The 25-mile driving trail through the city and the Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden is officially open from March 12 to April 2, 2011. As of this writing, camellias and magnolias are in full bloom and azalea buds are starting to swell. In addition to seeing the flowers in bloom, visitors are invited to take part in a number of special events such as a Main Street Sidewalk Sale (March 19), A Photography Show (March 22), and a Little Princess Garden Party (March 26).

Please visit Mrs. Lee’s Daffodil Garden or call 903-845-5780 for additional information. Please visit the Tyler Azalea Trail for bloom updates. Please see the Nacogdoches Azalea Trail for additional information and bloom updates.

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