Although I prefer to show my city at its best, I must also call them as I see them. We toured six gardens but this final one was not worthy of being on this tour. Sorry to say that this one garden was a complete waste of time.
With nine gardens available to tour all across the city in just six hours, we spent a lot of time paring down the selection to six and mapping our route in advance. I was looking forward to seeing this garden as it was closest to my house and who doesn't want to see what other gardeners in their area are doing. This garden was titled "Wildscape and Butterfly".
Nice welcome sign, but a weedy and unkempt yard is not "wildscape".
This is not a wildscape in the backyard either, it's a haphazard collection of flower pots stuck in among some scrawny groundcover. While it might be OK as a typical backyard it is not worthy of a garden tour.
At least the Butterfly Garden was labeled (although I'm not sure butterflies can read), but there was nothing much here that butterflies would like except a yellow saucer of sugar water. The handout was a list of basic butterfly information and plant lists from the internet. Nothing specific to this garden.
The sponsor provided a substantial gift certificate to the owners but this was not worthy of their generous gift, and they had no part in the selection process.
We left three gardens off the list, I wish this had been one of them.
On a brighter note, the San Antonio Herb Society is a good organization which is one of the sponsors of the popular San Antonio Herb Market event each year. This year the market is on October 20th at The Pearl. Overall this first annual tour was a good event and I would expect a more careful selection next year.