Azalea trails begin with ribbon cutting

Friday, March 15, 2013 - 5:49pm

The 54th annual Azalea and Spring Flower Trail started this Friday with an official ribbon cutting at the historic home of Joan and Guy Pyron. The ribbon was cut by none other than published gardening author and radio personality, Neal Sperry.

For the next four weeks visitors and tourists will be able to enjoy ten miles of azaleas, dogwoods, and spring flowers.

KETK spoke with Tyler Convention and Visitors Bureau Kim Morris tells KETK why this event is so important to the city of Tyler, saying, "This is a huge economic impact to Tyler. Last year the Azalea Spring and Flower Trail brought in over 2 million dollars worth of economic revenue to businesses throughout town, so this is a huge, cool deal and it's such a beautiful event."

The flowers are not the only thing that visitors will get to see on this ten mile trail; the Azalea Belles draw quite the crowd as well. These Azalea Belles will be making appearances at houses throughout the duration of the trail to take photographs and greet visitors.

In fact, the Azalea Belles are actually featured in their own web series featured on the Tyler Azalea Trail's website. The web series will feature twelve of the Azalea Belles to give viewers an inside look at the being a part of this historic trail.

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