Big crowd expected at Azalea Trail this weekend

Big crowd expected at Azalea Trail this weekend
Over 500 varieties of azaleas line trails at SFA. Observers say this weekend and next week blooms will be ‘poppin.'' (Source: KTRE Staff)
Over 500 varieties of azaleas line trails at SFA. Observers say this weekend and next week blooms will be ‘poppin.'' (Source: KTRE Staff)
Now is the time to get those family photos in front of blooming azaleas. (Source: KTRE Staff)
Now is the time to get those family photos in front of blooming azaleas. (Source: KTRE Staff)

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - If you're looking for something free to do this Easter-weekend, you might want to consider a stroll thru the azalea gardens at SFA.

The "Ruby Mize" Azalea Garden had lots of visitors on this Good Friday.

Visitation is likely to increase with the azaleas popping and reaching their peak through the week.

"Seven thousand azaleas, probably 60 to 70 percent of them are in bloom right now," said Dr. David Creech of the SFA Mast Aboretum. "You know, we have a wide season and I think there are 550 varieties in the garden, but you've got eight acres, a little over a mile of trails to walk on."

Other highlights include the Japenese Maples leafing out and the final camellia blooms.

Also don't forget to walk across University Drive to the Gayla Mize Garden, also in its full glory.

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