River Oaks Flowers
Spring Fever officially arrives in Houston with Azalea Trail swooning
There’s a two week period every spring in which Houston comes to life, sprouting green shoots of St. Augustine grass and technicolored blossoms galore. It is after the freeze season, but before allergies set in, and it reminds us why we tolerate those mosquito-laden summers.
It’s the ideal time for Houston’s annual Azalea Trail, a yearly tour of some of Houston’s loveliest, spring showiest and most coveted gardens.
The 2011 Azalea Trail runs from Friday through Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. This year the tour visits the Bayou Bend Gardens, Rienzi, and the River Oaks Garden Club Forum of Civics Building, along with four fabulous private homes and gardens in Houston’s glitzy River Oaks neighborhood.
A $20 ticket buys your entrance to all venues. But if you’d like to do the try-before-you-buy thing, stop by the Garden Club’s Forum of Civics building near the corner of Westheimer and Kirby. The building is offering free entry all weekend in honor of its 100th birthday. A little Houston history to compliment the wonderful weather.
Wander the property’s jaw-dropping outdoor gardens, then jump inside to check out the latest in flower arranging. The building will also showcase an elaborate indoor patio garden installed by Condon Gardens and Patio Shop and a camellia blossom display from Houston’s Camellia Society. Already a stud with the spade? See if you can stump the horticulture chumps at the celebrated “Ask the Experts” sessions with master gardeners and reps from McDugald-Steele.
Who knows ... Maybe you’ll catch Spring Fever and pony up for the full tour.