From the moment this gardener moved into her northwest Austin home in 2009 she knew she was ready to make changes to her landscape. There were several problems she had to overcome, from a down sloping back area, a dog run that was not utilized, to frequent deer nibbling everything in sight. Taking one area at a time, she went from a formal garden to a more Earth-Kind principal, using native trees and shrubs. She changed the back sloping lot from an overgrown area to one that houses rainwater collection tanks, a butterfly garden and a keyhole garden where “Rocky” the steer stands guard. The neglected dog run was turned into a creative play area for her small grandchildren to use when visiting. Fruit trees and other native plants were added to each area to create a better environment for all. A secret garden was designed to foster her love of adventure. A wide deck anchors the back of the house with views of downtown and the U.T. tower. Here and there, splashes of color fill pots of all sizes and terraces surround the deck with small trees and hardscape. A city gardener with a long-range plan making better choices, one space at a time!