We'll begin our preview in Shari Bauer's garden overlooking the Pedernales River (Perd-n-alice for non-Texans) near Spicewood. Titled "A Journey Through Fairyland" on the tour website our journey reveals a treasure trove of colorful and artfully arranged found objects. Shari's garden was featured on Central Texas Gardener in April. We began in the shed filled with pretty vignettes.
And then there's that view from the porch.
A porch just right for sitting with friends and family.
In the garden this Willys Jeep from the 1940s makes a cool fountain. The headlights turn on at night along with many lights throughout the garden. Friends drop off garden fairies for Shari's "fairy rescue" project.
Multiple outdoor seating and dining areas give Shari and her husband places to enjoy different areas of the garden each day.
Natural Spanish moss is a dull gray so Shari dyes it to add bright color to her arrangements.
Don't miss the succulent draped and fringed piano.
We also loved this beautifully detailed succulent dress form.
Along the way you'll find doors to secret gardens to enjoy.
Next up is Dorothy Thering's Wildlife Restoration and Preservation garden just a few minutes away in Spicewood.
They've embraced timeless Texas Hill Country style.
A huge raised-bed vegetable garden is just one of the destination spots on this large property.
A solar powered fountain makes sense in this full-sun spot down the hill from the house.
We stopped to feed sweet and friendly Miniature Nubian goats named Lucy and Ethel.
Dorothy's turquoise-accented shed draws attention on the other side of the drive.
Festive style inside and out
The shaded shed side garden invites on a hot day.
This view reminds me so much of summers in the hill country. Before they built their house Dorothy, battling breast cancer at the time, would find respite in the beauty of this place.
"Sun and Shade" is our next stop on the tour. I looked forward to meeting Velia Sanchez-Ruiz having remembered her garden from Central Texas Gardener in 2015. She was away at another garden event but I'm sure she'll be there on tour day. Check out the video, so much to learn from her love of gardening.
As a member of the Austin Daylily Society, Velia has quite a collection which are all carefully labeled.
Velias style shows throughout her garden.
Shrimp plant is one of those passalongs we rarely need to purchase in Texas. A recirculating ceramic fountain completes a shady corner vignette complete with hanging mirror.
Daphne Jeffers' "Birds, Butterflies, and Zen" garden is a study in contrasts with its colorful sunny front beds.
That exuberance is cooled by a quiet Japanese garden in the back.
The screened building holds bird feeders. The screening is large enough for small birds to get through while keeping doves and squirrels at bay.
Bamboo fencing adds authenticity to the garden.
If you're gardening on a slope Peggy Hart's Earth-Kind garden shows how to make it work while saving water and energy. Her minimal lawn front yard features native and adapted plants.
A great example of how to landscape a shady side yard.
Peggy tamed her steep backyard with steps and terraces
More goats! This time they're pretend goats and this steep slope is a good place for them.
Peggy has added a keyhole garden for veggies and herbs. She has a deer problem necessitating the netting and wire cages. You will also see Ollas at work to efficiently water her raised beds.
A huge rain collection system gives access to plenty of water.
The relaxing deck....
...features Texas-style touches.
This preview post is just a taste of each garden to encourage you to head up to Austin to see these gardens in person and I'll post more detail in the next few weeks.
The Inside Austin Gardens Tour is this Saturday, May 6th, from 9am to 4pm. You can find more information at the link.