Fast-forward several decades. Tyler’s small-town charm convinced lots of city folks to call it home. Far from dividing the current homeowners, that WPA drainage project with its old-world-style stone bridges helped bring them together, transforming three separate gardens into one. The centerpiece of the Tyler Azalea Trail, it draws thousands of tourists every spring.
All three sets of neighbors―Guy and Joan Pyron, Don and Bonny Edmonds, and Gordon and Margaret Davis―moved to Tyler from other parts of Texas. And because their homes were in the heart of the town’s historic Azalea District, they all created gardens that were unique to their personalities yet had a common thread: amazing azaleas.