Celebrating Fifty Years Along Dothan’s Azalea Dogwood Trail

Spring is inaugurated about this time each year in the Dothan area with the long awaited viewing of the Azalea Dogwood Trail scheduled to open this Sunday afternoon, April 6, 2014.  With the azalea blooms and Dogwood trees at their peak, local residents as well as visitors from the Florida Panhandle and southwest Georgia can take a leisurely, scenic tour of one of the most beautiful areas of the city:  the historical garden district.  The heralded Azalea Dogwood Trail, dotted with lovely maidens dressed in antebellum period dresses on meticulously landscaped lawns, has been a tradition here for the past fifty years.  Azaleas, referred to as “Royalty of the Garden”, are found in virtually every garden district home in a variety of magnificent pink, red, and white hues.  The annual ribbon cutting at the intersection of Main Street and Woodland Street is scheduled to  take place at 1:50 P.M. on Sunday afternoon.

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Many different architectural styles are represented in the garden district such as Cottage, Georgian, French, Craftsman, Neoclassical, Tudor, and Bungalow.  French, Italian, and contemporary influences are also seen.  If you don’t live in the area, take a pictorial tour through the weaving streets lined with masses of live oak and dogwood trees, vibrant azaleas, spiraling cascades of spirea, and opulent blossoms of wisteria.  What a poignant impressionistic picture  nature paints!

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Enjoy the rebirth and hope of this glorious spring weekend….

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