||The Azalea Trail
The annual gardening event known as the Azalea Trail is right around the corner. This year is the 69th Annual Azalea Trail. One of the main draws for this the Azalea Trail, most people would have to admit, is the chance to see many of Houston's premier residences. Yes, it's a chance to see azaleas in bloom, but that voyeuristic mentality still wins out over the flowers, if you ask me.
But for those of us in with the gardening-is-life mentality, the annual Azalea Trail is actually a great chance to talk one-on-one with some of the state's greatest gardening gurus. That's because on each day of the event - happens to be on the weekends of March 6-7 and March 13-14 from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. each day - there will be a panel of experts at the Forum of the River Oaks Garden Club at the corner of Kirby and Westheimer.
Now while newly elected Mayor Bill White is not a gardening expert (that we know of), he will do the honors at the ribbon cutting ceremony officially opening the Azalea Trail on Sat., March 6 at 10:30 a.m. at Bayou Bend Gardens, Lazy Lane Entrance.
The Ask the Experts" area this year will be at the Forum of Civics Building featuring Organic Gardening, as well as a plant sale at Bayou Bend Gardens Greenhouse during the days of the Trail. Azaleas, camellias, perennials and an assortment of great plants, many of which are displayed at Bayou Bend Gardens, will be available!
And this year's panel of experts include…
Both weekends - Carter Taylor from Condon Gardens and
John Ferguson of Nature's Way. March 6th Helen Grivich will be there talking
about organic gardening and Mike Shoup from the Antique Rose Emporium with
his new book. March 7th, Jed Day from Davey Tree. March 13th - Ron Briland -
For ticket information please click to the River Oaks Garden Club website at
Azalea Trail, 2004 will feature four private River Oaks homes and gardens, as
well as Bayou Bend, Rienzi and the River Oaks Garden Club Forum of Civics
Building and Gardens.
The River Oaks Garden Club, a non-profit organization, raises funds to
support civic beautification, conservation and horticultural projects in the Houston
Until next issue, here's to
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