The Azalea Garden Tour is a highlight of the annual North Carolina Azalea Festival, which is held in Wilmington. The Cape Fear Garden Club has hosted this tour for the past fifty-two years. Block discusses the club's long association with this event.
The azalea, perhaps more than any other native plant, is a symbol of springtime and Southern charm in North Carolina. This photo essay presents the variety of azaleas, traditions, and festivals found throughout the state.
Botanists are attempting to refine the classification of twenty species of native azaleas, which all fall under the scientific genus name of Rhododendron. As their research continues, people can learn about azaleas at the North Carolina Arboretum. The arboretum is home to the National Native Azalea Repository of azaleas representing nearly every species native to the United States, along with many natural hybrids and selections.