This upcoming Sunday afternoon will be Dothan’s annual Azalea Dogwood Trail, a meandering course through the city’s Garden District that allows motorists to enjoy an explosion of color from blooming azaleas, dogwoods and other flowering spring plants.
As is often the case, there’s a possibility that the blooms won’t be at their best. On Saturday, prognosticators forecast severe weather for our area.
The date for the Trail has always been a moving target. In a March 21 story, Eagle writer Lance Griffin noted that the requisites for the ideal Trail are difficult to meet: “… a sunny day with temperatures in the 70s. Azaleas and dogwoods are in full bloom, providing the perfect surroundings for maidens in their exquisite antebellum gowns. … Oh, and please schedule around Easter Sunday … .”
A cold front is expected to bring heavy rains to the area late tonight or early Saturday. However, residents should keep in mind that the highlight of the Azalea Dogwood Trail doesn’t appear overnight.
For days – often, weeks – before the official event, Dothan comes alive with color. Camellias bloom, then Japanese magnolias, Bradford pear trees, redbud trees and, of course, dogwoods and azaleas in various styles and colors.
City workers painted the trail stripes on the roadways several days ago, so one could follow the trail at their own pace whenever they like.
Today might be a good time for a pleasant drive, with another circuit on Sunday, when there are festivities in Solomon Park.