You can tell it's spring, because the Azealeas are in full bloom!
The couple met with Joe Lambert in their Lakewood living room, and he assured Mrs. Lechner she could have her azaleas if his men dug trenches 2 feet deep and replaced the heavy clay with peat moss and sandy loam. Three of Lambert's sons, Edwin, Henry and Joe, Jr., worked on the Lechner project. Within three years, according to the biography, "police were needed in the streets outside to direct the traffic that piled up as motorists paused to admire the magnificent blooms. One Sunday Walter counted the crowd. Over 5,000 people went through their yard." "Even the firemen would come out in fire wagons to look," reads the biography. "It drew people from all over the state and country."
Southern ladies love their gardens and their flowers. All you need is a green thumb. Or if you live in Park Cities, a great gardener.