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One of the principal goals of the Azalea Society of America is to promote the appreciation of azaleas in public and private landscapes. To help achieve that goal, we put an Azalea City program into place in early 2004 to find, recognize and certify those municipalities that promote and display azaleas as Azalea Cities.

We invite you to explore the requirements to be recognized and certified as an official Azalea City. In general, successful applicants for Azalea City status will have shown a dedication to highlighting azaleas through proclamations for an Azalea Week, festivals, tours, and the prominent display of azaleas in public gardens and landscapes.

When you become certified as an Azalea City:
  • we will provide you with a news release package appropriate for local broadcast and newsprint media;
  • an Azalea Society member will present your representatives with an official certificate suitable for hanging in a prominent location; and
  • we will document your certification as an Azalea City in our quarterly journal, The Azalean.

You could reasonably expect the certification and accompanying publicity to result in increased tourism. The certification period is for five years, contingent upon a continuing azalea emphasis in your municipality. At this time, there is no fee for application and certification as an Azalea City.

We encourage you to download, read and understand the Azalea City application, and the guidelines for completing the application. We appreciate your interest, and we look forward to receiving your completed application to arrive for our consideration and hopefully, for certification. If we may assist you in any way, including answering any questions on these documents, please do not hesitate to contact Joe Schild, our Azalea City program chairman, by email, telephone or by regular mail.

document downloads  

Azalea City Application (54KB PDF file )

Azalea City Guidelines (56KB PDF file)

You will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader program to open and display these documents. It may be downloaded at no cost from Adobe.

contact information  

ASA Azalea City Program
Robert E "Buddy" Lee, Committee Chairman   52063 Ridge Crest Drive
Independence LA 70443

azalea cities

We congratulate these certified Azalea Cities.

Azalea CityCertified Date
Nacogdoches, TexasSeptember 23, 2004
McComb, MississippiMarch 28, 2005
South Gate, CaliforniaOctober 26, 2006
Tyler, TexasDecember 10, 2006
Palatka, FloridaDecember 11, 2006
Houston, TexasDecember 12, 2006
Valdosta, GeorgiaMarch 10, 2007

Updated December 6, 2012