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AT MUSKOGEE’S AZALEA FESTIVAL, LEARN THE FINE ART OF FLOWER POWER DURING THIS YEARLY EXTRAVAGANZA COMPLETE WITH FOOD VENDORS, CULTURAL PERFORMANCES AND EXOTIC DEMONSTRATIONS. BY GINA CONROY

“Azaleas are beautiful but difficult flowers to grow, especially in Oklahoma,” says Ashley Wilbourn, tourism director of the Greater Muskogee Area Chamber of Commerce. “The fact that Muskogee has such a thriving abundance is unique.” 

Spring

IT’S A 28 APRIL 2018

Oklahoma in April. Where the wind comes sweeping through a breathtaking arboretum and botanical sanctuary carrying the sweet, spicy, and sometimes intoxicating fragrance of blossoming azaleas, tulips, dogwoods, redbuds, and wisteria. Where waving blooms of over 30,000 colorful azaleas from 625 varieties lure nearly 600,000 people to Muskogee from around the world for one of the area’s most popular events: the annual Azalea Festival. 

And Muskogee has been celebrating this unique bloom for the last 50 years. It all began when local nurseries were growing azaleas as a floral plant.

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