Life On The Azalea Trail

If you didn't get out and enjoy the 2007 Azalea Trail, you'll have to wait until next year.  The event, which brings thousands of tourists to East Texas every year, wrapped up today.

People from all around the world make their way to see the beautiful landscapes, but it may be the homeowners who have the most fun.

Countless visitors stroll through the lush gardens every year, many of them dreaming of someday having their very own backyard paradise.

Toni Morrison, a visitor from San Antonio says, "I'm going home to try it again, because our dirt... I think our dirt is different, and I'm going to read up to see how I can make a flowerbed with the dirt, and what I need to fertilize."

But For Bonny and Don Edmonds, the Azalea Trail is home, and they wouldn't trade it for anything.  "If you're a people person, and you're proud of what you do, you'll love it. If you're a more private person, you're probably not going to get that big a kick out of it," says Bonny.

Don says the best part of living on the trail is sharing his passion for gardening with others who appreciate it's beauty.  "It's the creativity of it. It's like a blank pallette and really, I've said many times, 'the landscape is not about having it. It's about doing it," says Don.

Guy and Joan Pyron decided they wanted to live on the Azalea Trail after visiting it many years ago. What started out as a small hobby has grown into one of the most spectacular landscapes on the tour.

"We never anticipated opening the yard to the public. It wasn't a plan, but as we started to do more and more, as you can see, most of the garden is in the back, rather than in the front.  I would see people lined up on the front sidewalk looking back here trying to see what was back here, and I'd invite them to come on back," says Guy.

Now, there's an open invitation for visitors to enjoy this landscape year after year. Maybe, like the Pyrons, the beauty will inspire some visitors to put down permanent East Texas roots.

If you missed the official trial, you can still get a look at some of the blooms for another week or so.

Lindsay Wilcox, Reporting.