The 83rd Azalea Trail heralds the beginning of Spring! Blooms of Spring will be in full swing on March 2, 3 and 4, 2018. The Trail kicks off with a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Lazy Lane entrance of Bayou Bend on Friday, March 2nd at 10:30 a.m. This year, longtime friend of the River Oaks Garden Club, Harris County Judge Honorable Robert A. Eckels will perform the ribbon cutting duties. This traditional ceremony will honor past presidents of the River Oaks Garden Club. A ticket to the Trail gives admission to 6 locations within the River Oaks neighborhood, including 4 private homes and gardens, Bayou Bend and Rienzi. This year’s ticket also includes admission to the prestigious annual Texas State Floral Association Designer of the Year Competition at the Kilroy Visitor and Education Center at Bayou Bend (Memorial Drive entrance) on Saturday afternoon, March 3 from 1:00 – 4:00. Laura Dowling, guest author and former White House florist will also be featured. Finals designs will remain on display on Sunday, March 4. A 7th free location, also in River Oaks, is the River Oaks Garden Club Forum of Civics where free advice from “Ask the Experts” can be enjoyed each day. A free trolley will provide easy access to all 6 locations of homes, gardens and house museums. Homes and Gardens.
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