The gardens were labeled by address so the first garden we visited was Kathy Cove.
Nice entry with the vintage metal on the fence. What will we find behind the gate?
What we found were gorgeous views. Add in a great landscape design, cactus collection, and interesting art. An awesome start to our tour.
The cactus appears to be an Argentine Saguaro.
The homeowner worked with Environmental Survey Consulting for the hardscape over several years and developed his own planting scheme with a selection of native plants. A look back up the hill to the front gate. Stair-stepped stone walls are used to house an extensive collection of cacti and succulents.
Niches and openings in the rocks hold plants. A rock water bowl provides a natural bird bath.
Just one of several nice pieces on display in this part of the garden
A stone wall fern grotto is a beautiful way to hide the underside of the deck.
The wall creates a lush tropical retreat along the pool
The serene walkway along the back of the house features small water gardens
Bronze eagle overlooking the slope. Wow.
Virgin of Guadalupe with an unusual crown and halo
A wheel bearing and spark plugs!
Stone steps lead up to a deck on the kitchen level with a piece of slag glass as accent
A stunning view of downtown Austin
This container on the north side of the house evokes the fern wall and water around the corner.
More stepped terraces on the north side of the house.
Trails lead to natural areas of the garden which is being restored with native plants.
None of us wanted to leave these peaceful gardens and mesmerizing views.
The landscape designers left us with this quote made of natural karst stones
"I like it when the land speaks its own language in its own regional accent."
Lady Bird Johnson
On to the Westridge Drive garden which is an even more modern design and will be covered in my next post.