The Ruby Mize Azalea Garden in Historic Nacogdoches
The Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden is an eight acre public garden located on the banks of La Nana Creek in the University District between Johnson Coliseum, Starr Avenue, and University Drive. The Garden was developed as a project of the Stephen F. Austin University Horticultural department and the SFA Arboretum between 1997 and 2001 and contains 47 individually named beds with over one mile of walking trails that meet at the Council Ring, a central gathering and meeting place from which the entire garden may be viewed. There are 6,500 Azaleas, 200 Camellias, 200 varities of Japanese Maples, 180 varieties of Hydrangeas, and 400 rare ornamental trees and shrubs arranged in informal beds that are categorized by color, native plants, cultivars, and peak blooming periods designed to present colorful flower displays throughout the year. This View of Mize Garden from University Drive shows the "Purple Front Line," a 700 foot expanse of the garden's signature Azalea, "Koromo Shikibu," a repeat-blooming purple Spider Azalea.
(Next Picture: An Entrance to Mize Azalea Garden)