NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - The friends of historic Nacogdoches and the Nacogdoches azalea trail are presenting their first garden tour of homes throughout the city. Flowers are just starting to bloom in time for spring at some of the home gardens and this weekend visitors of the tour will have the chance to enjoy the beautification these gardens have to offer.
"There are eight lovely private gardens that are going to be on the tour from 10 to 4 on Saturday and they're opening up their lovely gardens," Lindsey Mathews, Nacogdoches convention and visitors bureau event coordinator, said.
Nancy Tipton was contacted last fall to be part of the garden tour and has spent the past few months preparing her garden that part of Banita Creek runs through.
"I think anytime that we can have an event that will bring in people to see how lovely Nacogdoches it certainly makes us very proud of Nacogdoches being the oldest town in Texas," Tipton said. "There is a lot of beauty here that I think we sometimes take for granted."
Many residents and visitors often notice the Nacogdoches azalea trail but Saturday they will get the chance to see flowers and plants that have been growing in home gardens around Nacogdoches for weeks, months and years.
"They are definitely landmarks and things people notice in Nacogdoches because they're some of the most beautiful gardens in all of Nacogdoches; and with the azalea trail it's the perfect timing," Mathews said.
The garden tour of homes begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday until 4 p.m.
Tickets are 15 dollars and can be purchased at any home garden or at the Nacogdoches convention and visitors bureau on Saturday.
The eight featured gardens are located in Nacogdoches on Mystic Lane, Tudor, Creekview Bend, Colonial Drive, and Raguet.
"We're really excited to offer gardens in the spring for people to come visit," Mathews said.