The Travis County Master Gardeners Association has set the date of May 6, 2017 for their next popular Inside Austin Gardens Tour (IAGT). The tour provides a rare look inside five private gardens and one public experimental garden that demonstrates realistic, sustainable gardening practices for Central Texas that will inform and inspire.
The tour’s theme remains “For Gardeners. By Gardeners,” focusing on the vast variety and practical beauty of native and well-adapted plants in the garden. In turn, each garden has a theme that highlights a particular set of characteristics Central Texas gardeners are likely to encounter in their own gardens. Those themes are
Earth-Kind Landscaping – Environmentally friendly principles and a secret garden.
Wildlife Restoration, Preservation – Twenty-three acres of fruits, veggies, beehives and miniature horses.
Birds, Butterflies, and Zen – Natives and natural attractors, along with meditation space.
Sun & Shade – Sunny daylilies to die for; shady umbrellas and gingers to soothe the soul.
A Journey Through Fairyland – Whimsical design, a plethora of plants, and a garden piano.
AgriLife Testing Ground – Rainwater collection, New varieties and proven winners.
Wendy Buck, the 2017 IAGT Chair, described the unique nature of the tour: “This really is a garden tour for gardeners, by gardeners. These distinctive private gardens have never been open to the general public before. Our aim is to educate and enthuse. Interested gardeners can experience a wide array of ideas, learn the details from the Master Gardeners that created the gardens, and know how to execute those ideas successfully in their own gardens.”
Native and well-adapted plants require less water and less maintenance. They survive the Central Texas environment which includes erratic swings in temperatures, high summer heat day and night, drought, flood, clay soil, and rocky soil. They are also remarkably varied in style and structure. Natives provide food for animals and insects while establishing a beautiful, unique sense of place. They are the foundation of all the sites on the Inside Austin Gardens Tour.
About Inside Austin Gardens Tour
Originating in 2005, the IAGT is held every 18 months by the Travis County Master Gardeners Association and Travis County AgriLife Extension Service. The one-day event features behind-the-scenes looks at gardens of Travis County Master Gardeners. As many as 2,500 people typically attend. A pass to all six gardens is $20 in advance or $25 on the day of the tour. Individual gardens are $5.
Educational programs conducted by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service are open to all people without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation or gender identity. The Texas A&M University System, the U. S. Department of Agriculture and the County Commissioners’ Court of Texas cooperating.
About Travis County Master Gardeners Association
TCMGA is an educational, non-profit, service organization which renders non-biased horticultural information to the community. Master Gardeners receive special training in horticulture, which includes continuing education as well as the initial 50 hours of training. Master Gardeners are trained and certified by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service of Travis County. More information at http://horttest.tamu.edu/travis/master-gardeners/travis-county-master-gardeners-association/
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