A ‘Secret Garden’ in Southeast Missouri Blooms for All to See

Say hello to spring right here.

Spring is in the air, especially around what you might call a secret garden blooming in rural Cape Girardeau County, Missouri.

It’s called the Pinecrest Azalea Gardens.

Here you’ll find 52 acres of spring blossoms out near Oak Ridge.

We’re talking more than 500,000 plants… azaleas, rhododendron’s, holly and more!

Heartland Weekend’s Nichole Cartmell visited and says it’s absolutely gorgeous.

The Penzel family started the gardens back in 1963. They would welcome friends and family in to say hello to spring.

Today, Gene Penzel and his wife Linda are continuing that tradition, opening the gardens for all to enjoy. For them, gardening is a lifestyle.

Since the 60s, the gardens have grown into a destination of sorts. Families from all over will annually stop here, take pictures, enjoy a picnic on one of the many benches, or just live life in full bloom.

The gardens bloom each spring from March 15 through May 15.

You’re of course welcome to stop by any day as long as the sun is shining.

Prime flower-viewing time is usually during the last two weeks of April and the first week or so of May.

How to get there:

To reach the gardens from I-55; Take the Oak Ridge Exit 111, turn west onto Rt. E, go straight through Oak Ridge, pass Oak Ridge school on your right, continue until Rt. E until ends at Rt. B, turn left onto Rt. B, go one mile to County Road 472 on your right, turn onto 472, go 1/2 mile and turn onto Torre Lane.