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Inside Austin Garden Tour

by gardengirl

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Black and Blue Salvia
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Come one come all, it's a preview of the 2012 Inside Austin Gardens Tour

It's that time again! Once every 18 months, the Travis County Master Gardeners host their Garden Tour. This year's tour is on October 20th, from 9am-4pm. I was so fortunate to be included on the preview tour of a few of the gardens - so here's a sneak peak!

 

Garden #1 - Carolyn and Michael Williams - Hill Country Heritage Garden

Carolyn and Michael have lovingly cultivated a gorgeous Hill Country spot, complete with an incredible cottage. One of the neatest features of the Williams' garden is the Herb Wheel. Beautiful plants some gorgeous salvia's, including 'Black and Blue.'

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Garden #2 - Jennifer and David Phillips - Hill Country Rural Home

Just the walk to the garden was a treat! Native Texas Kidneywood and Evergreen Sumac were in bloom, spinless prickly pears graced the posts of the barbed wire fence along with a million tiny yellow wildflowers. 

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Jennifer still had figs coming on her Black Jack Fig

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A true bottle tree! Gave me some ideas about what to do with the dead cedar trunk in my own yard.

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I was unfamiliar with this Butterfly Vine. 

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Pretty Mexican Beautyberry.

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Swiss Chard in clever raised beds in stock tanks with drip irrigation.

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Garden #3 and #4 - Donnis Doyle and Robin and Ann Matthews - Neighbors who love to garden

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Another interesting use of bottles in the garden

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The shared space between the gardens - butterfly iris

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Chile Pequin  - a native hot pepper

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The cute raised beds

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Jewels of Opar

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Beautiful Bur Oak and Chiquapin Oak

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Garden #5 - Renee Studebaker - Eat My Sidewalk

Renee's garden was a feast for the senses. I will let the pictures tell the story.

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White Cuban Buttercup

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Lion's Tail

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Malabar Spinach

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Potato Vine

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Passion Vine

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For more information on the tour go to insideaustingardens.org

 

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comments

Peaceful looking garden. Another idea for your dead cedar is a windchime tree. I made one with the top of large pine we had to cut down. Right now the summer decorations are on sale at most stores so not to costly to make, and sounds wonderful in a breeze. I uploaded a picture of mine. Thanks for posting these pictures.
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MRS.D commented on 10/21/12
Wind chimes! I love that idea!
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gardengirl replied: on 11/01/12
Great gardens! Looks like despite the drought, plants are looking good in the Austin area! Thanks for sharing!
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chief cultivator commented on 10/15/12

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