We began our tour in central Austin at the Jennifer and Fred Myers garden along the banks of Shoal Creek. This garden had me at the curb. Visitors and passers-by are greeted with this inviting view of the garden through these old wood church windows.
Like most gardens, this one is a work in progress and the owners show it that way for the tour. I found this to be a refreshing approach. You can see bricks from the unfinished wall project through the windows here.
A front walk to the right features Will Fleming Yaupons formally arranged. A similar view was on the cover of The Welcoming Garden by Gordon Hayward.
A stone pedestal, urn, and vintage fence pieces anchor a corner of the driveway.
The garden isn't all formality, a casual crushed granite path leads from the driveway to the front walk.
Plenty of agaves, palms, and flowers lend a tropical feel to the garden
The tree in the center of the photo is dead but has been left as is for the texture. The agave planted here repeat the patterns of the palm trunks.
A more formal stone path leads through this arch to the front walk.
Lights are strung across the front of the house and there are lights on almost every element of the garden, I'd love to see this garden at night.
The concept of outdoor rooms is elevated to a new level in this garden with an entire house represented in the front yard.
Bed and Bath
Living room with this wonderful outdoor rock fireplace. Lights are wrapping the chimney like a wreath.
The formal dining room is in this beautiful gazebo across the walk. More lights are on the gazebo.
Trees are wrapped with lights. The horizontal limbs of this live oak are supported with a small post.
Rustic vignettes have been casually placed throughout the garden
The bright blue trim continues around back.
The orange complements the blue, making both stand out. Old iron and found pieces are on display here too.
Across the back terrace and down the steps a formal arrangement of container plantings is a reminder of the formal front walk.
Down a lighted path to the lawn along the creek the owners have set up an ampitheater for live music.
This garden was as fun to visit as it looks. I'll post the other five gardens over the next week.
The Garden Conservancy Open Days supports the preservation of special gardens like Peckerwood Garden near Houston.