Azalea Trail kicks off, but when will the flowers arrive? - KLTV.com - Tyler, Longview, Jacksonville |ETX News

Azalea Trail kicks off, but when will the flowers arrive?

TYLER, TX (KLTV) -

By Morgan Chesky - bio | email
Posted by Ellen Krafve - bio | email

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - For many East Texans the Tyler Azalea Trail marks the unofficial start of Spring. Friday, the Trail kicked off its 51st year.

But, so far, the blooms are few and far between along most of the trail.

The event that brings $2.3 million to the Tyler area is now up against mother nature, and this year's Azalea Trail could be a little bit harder to find.

An extended winter has turned finding the beautiful Azaleas into a scavenger hunt. Most buds on bushes are still shut tight, waiting for warmer temperatures. Near downtown Tyler a few lone blooms have peeked out, but nowhere close to the display featured a year ago.

"I'm not setting my hopes real high," said Justin G. Turner, the Vice President of Tyler Tourism. "That's just because I don't want to be disappointed, but I think we're going to do as well as we did last year if not better...If you're planning on coming I'd say wait until at least next weekend, maybe Easter weekend, even the weekend after, if you're having to drive in a long distance."

Forecasts have freezing temperatures hitting this weekend, but master gardeners say it only takes a couple warm days to coax the flowers from hiding.

At the Tyler Chamber of Commerce hopes are high for a great Azalea season.

Easter weekend, which draws the biggest crowds, is still two weeks away, giving the buds plenty of time to bloom.

If you are interested in visiting the Trail and want to check the status of the flowers, click here. You will find posted pictures of the flowers daily.

Copyright 2010 KLTV. All rights reserved.

  • NewsMore>>

  • John Tyler receives donation for local lawyer to help upgrade helmets

    John Tyler receives donation for local lawyer to help upgrade helmets

    Friday, August 18 2017 11:14 PM EDT2017-08-19 03:14:50 GMT
    KLTV StaffKLTV Staff
    The John Tyler Lions always seem to look sharp in their uniforms. But thanks to East Texas lawyer Keith Miller, the Lions will look better and play safer. Helmets that advertise lowering the impact of hits, and possibly reduce the amount of concussions, come with a hefty price-tag. Miller's donation of 7,500 dollars, will go to help the lions cover that cost. "Keith Miller's been a big sponsor of John Tyler High School football program for years now.  I know it's...More >>
    The John Tyler Lions always seem to look sharp in their uniforms. But thanks to East Texas lawyer Keith Miller, the Lions will look better and play safer. Helmets that advertise lowering the impact of hits, and possibly reduce the amount of concussions, come with a hefty price-tag. Miller's donation of 7,500 dollars, will go to help the lions cover that cost. "Keith Miller's been a big sponsor of John Tyler High School football program for years now.  I know it's...More >>
  • Red Zone Rundown: Kilgore looks to a pair of Bulldogs speed to up offense

    Red Zone Rundown: Kilgore looks to a pair of Bulldogs speed to up offense

    Friday, August 18 2017 11:08 PM EDT2017-08-19 03:08:11 GMT
    KLTV StaffKLTV Staff
    The last time we talked about the Kilgore Bulldogs, quarterback Buddy Jackson and wide receiver Jonathan Shepherd were apart of the 800-meter relay team that won gold at the 2017 state track meet. But today they are back in the pads, and looking to turn their speed into touchdowns.  Competing in District 9-4A, Kilgore has always had a strong run game that helped them become the 2016 District Champs. However, in order to surpass their opponents this season, including Carthag...More >>
    The last time we talked about the Kilgore Bulldogs, quarterback Buddy Jackson and wide receiver Jonathan Shepherd were apart of the 800-meter relay team that won gold at the 2017 state track meet. But today they are back in the pads, and looking to turn their speed into touchdowns.  Competing in District 9-4A, Kilgore has always had a strong run game that helped them become the 2016 District Champs. However, in order to surpass their opponents this season, including Carthag...More >>
  • Arp ISD takes extra precautions after high levels of asbestos reported in city's water

    Arp ISD takes extra precautions after high levels of asbestos reported in city's water

    Friday, August 18 2017 10:43 PM EDT2017-08-19 02:43:21 GMT
    Sample of water taken from sink inside Arp Junior High School. (Source: KLTV News Staff)Sample of water taken from sink inside Arp Junior High School. (Source: KLTV News Staff)

    Holding up a sample of water collected from a sink at the Arp Junior High school, the district’s superintendent says “it looks like lake water.” 

    More >>

    Holding up a sample of water collected from a sink at the Arp Junior High school, the district’s superintendent says “it looks like lake water.” 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly