Thursday, April 24, 2014

Inside Austin Gardens Tour Preview - Garden 3

Garden 3 - Austin Neal, 1106 Northwestern Ave, 78702

Inside Austin Gardens Tour
Saturday, May 3, 2014
9:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Tickets are available at each garden 
$15 for all gardens or $5 per individual garden
The demo garden and children under 16 are free

Austin and I were in the same Master Gardener class, so when I saw his garden was going to be on the tour, I volunteered to work the morning at his place. I'll be strolling Austin's garden from 9 a.m. to 12:00 noon, so stop by and say "hi".

I found so many great ideas to inspire me in Austin's garden and my visit reaffirmed my notion that I have to learn how to weld. Austin knows his way around metal and his work is so creative and interesting.

While you're in his garden you'll be surrounded by this marvelous fence made of welded panels fitted with recycled wood.

The street facing portion of the fence is covered with vines like this passion vine.

The inside of the fence has a very contemporary feel, which perfectly matches his modern style home.

Recycled roof tiles are re-purposed as planters. Love this!!!

Austin's garden is still new and evolving, but many of his plantings have matured quickly like this ice plant and salvia.

Ice Plant

Salvia Fruticosa
Everything in Austin's garden has style and flare right down to his veggie garden beds. 

Thanks for sharing your garden with us Austin. I can't wait to see it again on May 3rd.


  1. I loooooooved Austin's garden. I can't wait to see how it looks once the deck is done. I love his distinctive "modern rustic" hardscaping and had no idea he welded that fence himself! I also really liked how the yard was divided into zones-- the cool shady quiet lawn zone, and then the indoor-outdoor space closer to the house that had the veggie and flower beds. The proportions of everything were great, and I liked how things were also designed with ease of maintenance in mind.

  2. The water trough and pond that he's building into his deck promise to be amazing. I just hope he can get it all done in time for the tour!

  3. AHHA! so that's the salvia!

  4. I loved the use of recycled materials in this garden. great imagination on the planters and the wasps nest mobile. I could gather a few of those myself.

  5. This really was an interesting garden. He still has so much to do, before the tour. I wish him good luck.

    And, you figured out what the salvia was. Way to go!

  6. Beautiful fence and planters--those unique touches add so much to a garden! Nice photos, Ally.