Azalea Trail gardens: what it takes

Azalea Trail

TYLER (KYTX) - "We've built all the stone walks, all the iron work, the pergola that you see in the background."

Guy Pyron and his wife, Joan, moved to Tyler from Dallas almost 20 years ago.

"It just kind of grew from there over time and Tyler's been good to us."

Guy says before they built this beautiful oasis in their backyard, they had nothing to work with but a blank canvas.

"We started without any type of plan. It's just something we like to do."

After putting their hobby to work all these years, the Pyrons' historic home is now a staple along the Azalea Trail.

"I've had people ask me, how long does it take? and, I said, well I don't know because we've never finished yet."

"This yard does not just happen. I mean, you don't just buy a house and this is what your house looks like."

Kim morris with the Tyler convention and visitors bureau says the Azalea and Spring Flower Trail is a community effort.

"The homeowners throughout the Azalea District, they just take this season and they love it, and they nurture it. And, they make it come to life."

Pyron says luckily, the East Texas climate is great for growing azaleas.

He offers this advice-

"Keep them watered. And, we trim ours right after they bloom each year and fertilize a couple times a year. And, if they're in the right place and get the right water, they'll do fine."

Pyron says different azalea varieties can withstand different conditions

"But, as a general rule, we try to have ours to have morning shade and no direct afternoon sun."

Pyron says ivies, ferns, and camellias also thrive in East Texas.

Those are just some of the plants you'll find in Pyron's backyard.

"And, this is one way hopefully we can give back to Tyler, and the people of Tyler, and the community."

The Pyrons say they really boost their garden with more plants and flowers for color right before the trail, just in case all of their azaleas don't bloom in time, which is exactly what happened this year.

The trail is 10 miles long and attracts more than 100,000 visitors to Tyler every year.


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