The final garden I’ll show you on this sneak preview of the upcoming Inside Austin Gardens Tour, hosted by the Travis County Master Gardeners, is an inviting, lovely garden with a picture-perfect garden house, set in the hills above Lake Austin. This flagstone-and-gravel path leads along the side of the house to the back gate, which is flanked by handsome stone pillars.
A pretty, rustic display of pumpkins, ball moss, and twigs adorned the tops of the entry pillars.
Inside the gate, the first thing you see is a Native American medicine wheel herb garden, which Carolyn planted in memory of her mother.
The second thing you see is an arbor-shaded dining patio, with steps leading up to a swimming pool on the right and a stone path beckoning you to a garden house in back.
But first let’s stop and smell the roses.
I love all the happy blues in this garden. Carolyn has a great eye for color and inviting, natural decor.
More blues at poolside
From the pool deck you get a view of the stone garden house that Michael, a stonemason, built for his wife. It’s absolutely charming, reminiscent of Hill Country structures I’ve seen in Fredericksburg, Texas.
Twinkle lights, natural cedar posts, and a turquoise beaded board ceiling—love it!
A rustic turquoise bench and cow skull add Southwestern flair.
Colorful porch furniture invites you to sit a spell.
Inside Carolyn has a potting bench and plenty of storage (all neat as a pin), plus chairs for relaxing and enjoying her “getaway.”
Or maybe a card game with friends? Bird pictures and tea towels decorate the walls and windows. And look—there’s even a drain in the flagstone floor in case she needs to hose the place down. Simply perfect.
Date: October 20
Time: 9 am to 4 pm
Tickets for the tour (all of the gardens) are $15 in advance, or $20 on the day of the tour ($5 for individual gardens).
Gardening Demonstrations/Education Sessions at the Williams Garden
10 am – Herbs & Herb Vinegar with Vicki Blachman
1 pm – American Indian Medicine Wheel Herbs with Velia Sanchez
For a look back at my post about the Hill Country-style Phillips Garden, click here. I hope you’ve enjoyed my sneak preview of the Inside Austin Gardens Tour 2012. See the gardens for yourself this Saturday.
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