Sunday, October 4, 2015

Cottage Natives Garden Tour

The Inside Austin Garden Tour is coming up on October 17th. The theme for this year's tour is "For Gardeners, By Gardeners".  On this tour you'll see primarily DIY gardens and get to meet the gardeners themselves. Most of the garden hosts like this garden belonging to Martha King will be happy to talk to you about the their garden. In addition, master gardeners will be on site to help answer your gardening questions.

All of the gardens will contain plant tags identifying plants throughout the garden.

Many of the gardens are designed with wildlife in mind. Martha has many water features to ensure that no bird or butterfly goes away thirsty.

Plants like this mature specimen Barbados cherry provide much needed food for wildlife. The fruits of the Barbados cherry are edible for people as well. They taste like lightly sweetened, moist cardboard, but it's good to know they are there if the need arises.

Martha's garden has a lot of fun art and vintage items. I love garden art as much as I love plants, so Martha's garden was right up my alley.

There were plenty of plants in Martha's garden. She has a huge double lot, so most of her garden is a mix of shade and sun that allows her to grow a variety of plants like the purple oxalis and the yellow flowered thyrallis pictured below.

There's a vegetable garden just past the garden gate below and don't miss the olive tree covered with tons of olives.

One of the many highlights of Martha's garden is her hell strip. She has the largest hell strip I've ever seen and it's full of colorful plants. Passersby must really appreciate all of her efforts.

Stay tuned. There are 4 more garden previews to come.

The Inside Austin Garden Tour is put on by the Travis County Master Gardeners. Don't miss it! Here's the info, so you can mark your calendar:

Date: October 17, 2015
Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Check out the Map
Cost: $19 Online, $20 at the tour, Single tickets for individual gardens are $5

There are seven gardens on the tour. Six of the gardens belong to individual homeowners and the 7th garden is the demonstration garden at the Travis County Agrilife Extension Office. As always, the demonstration garden can be visited free of charge.

1 comment:

  1. Your comment about the taste of Barbados Cherry had me cracking up. Good to know! I think Martha's Barbados Cherry is the largest one I've ever seen in person. Mine get killed to the ground every winter, but she's in a warmer part of town.