Dogwoods starting to bloom

 Dogwood trees are diminishing along the southeast. Southern Living shows 30 years ago dogwoods were the number one flowering tree. Now, that’s no longer the case. In Paducah, diminishing dogwoods don’t seem to be a problem.

Dogwood Trail Chair Mary Lynn Thompson thinks because of all their events each year, like the trolley ride and bike ride, Paducah’s Dogwood Trail is thriving.

Growing up, Doug Painter always got to experience Paducah’s Dogwood Trail.

“As a child, I specifically remember this house, and I never imagined that I’d live here,” Painter said.

Now they’ve lived in that house for 30 years. Doug and his wife Linda have kept the tradition going by planting dogwoods of their own, one of them honoring their niece who was in the army.

“She was on her way back to base one evening, and she was killed in a car wreck,” Painter said.

Thompson said there could be a decline of dogwoods outside of Paducah because of their short life span, 30 to 50 years.

“I think after they die people might replace them with something else,” Thompson said.

Southern Living reports crepe myrtles are the most common tree dogwoods are replaced with because they’re easier to care for.

Thompson said it takes some shade and extra care to get dogwoods through the first three years.

“They are probably harder to keep in August. You need to water them a little bit,” Thompson said.

The long winter also made for redbuds and dogwoods to bloom around the same time this year. Usually, they’re a week apart.

“It was colder longer, and then, all of a sudden, spring came. It just popped open at the same time,” Thompson said.

You can see a lot of dogwoods are peaking around town now, and will hopefully fully bloom by the end of next week.

If you’d like your own dogwood, you can get one at the Dogwood Trail’s annual tree sale Saturday.

The trees will be sold at Blooms and Gardens, Ead’s, Edward’s, Montgomery Gardens, Sander’s, and Wahl’s.

-Sunday, April 12: Dogwood Trail Begins

-Wednesday, April 15: Dogwood Trail Judging

-At 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 16: Dogwood Trail Trolley Ride at the PATS station, 850 Harrison Street; tickets are $1

 At 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 19: Bikeworld’s Dogwood Trail Bike Ride, 809 Joe Clifton Drive

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