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Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden
Texas Attractions: Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden

City: Nacogdoches

Location: On University Drive south of the Stephen F. Austin University Johnson Coliseum

Phone: 936-468-1832

Website: azalea.sfasu.edu

About the Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden:
The Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden is located on the campus of Stephen F. Austin University and is a project of the SFA Mast Arboretum.

It's the largest azalea garden in Texas, with around 7,000 azaleas spread over eight acres (and inside a 50-acre loblolly pine and pecan stand). There are 46 beds in the garden, connected by more than one mile of trails.

A key objective of the Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden is to present color throughout the year, and in addition to azaleas the garden includes good collections of camellias and Japanese maples.

The peak bloom season for the azaleas is March to May; for camellias, October to February; and there are also a good number of hydrangeas that peak May to August. The Ruby M. Mize Azalea garden is open daily dusk to dawn, and there is no entry fee, although on weekdays there will be a parking fee in lots near the garden.

Visitors can park for free on weekends south of the Johnson Coliseum or in the lot at the corner of Starr Avenue and University Drive. Those who visit frequently can contact the SFA University Police Department for a free visitor's pass.

Call the number listed above to arrange small group tours. Larger group tours should contact the Nacogdoches Convention & Visitors Bureau at 1-888-OLDEST TOWN.

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