The Palestine Herald, Palestine, Texas

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April 3, 2014

Blooming Backdrop: Dogwoods in full swing for last festival weekend


People driving around town recently may have noticed a certain type of tree opening up and spraying bouquets of little ivory blossoms everywhere.

It's the same one everyone loves to adore this time of year, none other than the regionally-prized flowering dogwood.

And wasn't it polite of the trees to bloom now, right as Palestine's three-week Dogwood Trails Celebration wraps up this weekend?

City of Palestine Marketing Director Breezy Lake-Wolfe said “it just happened overnight.”

“The dogwoods are in full bloom right now,” Lake-Wolfe said, adding that Davey Dogwood Park is especially picturesque. “I went out there (Tuesday) and it was just absolutely beautiful.”

The park is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily and features two entrances. The main entrance is located at 900 N. Link St., and a bus entrance is located on Queen Street off North Loop 256.

“They're in full bloom, and there are actually some trees that aren't open all the way in Davey Dogwood Park. So the next few weeks are going to be absolutely gorgeous for scenic drives, for our visitors and locals.”

Lake-Wolfe said the park is also a great place for people who want to picnic, ride bikes, take photos and just enjoy the dogwoods.

There are two picnic areas inside the park. One is called Manley Mountain, which is near the park entrance on North Link Street. The other picnic areas is at the center of the park with a pavilion area.



As if someone took a giant can of powdered sugar and emptied it over the top, the flowering dogwood's creamy blooms can be seen frosting trees and occasionally riding in the air.

As winter quietly exits, the flowers bring glad tidings of warm weather, arriving hand-in-hand with another anticipated visitor – the spring season, which officially arrived March 20.

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