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Cape Fear Garden Club’s “Belle Tea” Showcases 134 Southern Beauties

By: Jasmine McKee
Staff Writer

This past Sunday, April 1st all 134 Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Belles gathered at the home of garden club member Mary Lou McEachern for their Annual “Belle Tea.” The event is in conjunction with 59th Annual Azalea Garden Tour that will be held April 13th through the 15th. Cape Fear Garden Club’s Azalea Garden Tour (April 13-15) is one of the South’s longest-running and most popular garden tours.  The 59th  annual Azalea Garden Tour’s theme, “Follow the Blooms,” showcases 13 public and private gardens that includes a mix of established and new landscapes. For details and tickets: The 2012 Azalea Home Tour (April 14-15) showcases nine private homes and a church of historical and architectural interest.
For home tour tickets: A two-hour parade on Saturday morning in Downtown Wilmington features azalea-adorned floats, marching bands, clowns, show animals, and celebrities, including Queen Azalea Erika Dunlap, a former Miss America (2004) and the first Black woman to be crowned Miss Florida. Leading the parade will be Grand Marshal Major General James E. Livingston, USMC (RET). Other celebrity guests include: Miss North Carolina 2011 Hailey Best; former “The Bachelor” contestant/UNCW graduate Ashley Spivey, TopCat Lindsey Yoder (Carolina Panther Cheerleader), Colonel Jerry L. Ross, USAF (RET) and former NASA Astronaut; and Sergeant First Class Hugh Conlon IV (RET) and liaison for the U.S. Army Wounded Warrior Program.For more information or to purchase your Garden Tour Ticket visit