The Inside Austin Gardens tour is this Saturday, October 20 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. I was treated to a pre-tour with a bunch of other bloggers, so y’all have an idea of what you’re in for. Find out more about the tour, including talks that will be given at each garden, here: http://www.tcmastergardeners.org/what/gardentour.html
Renee’s garden is on a lot that is long and narrow and the garden is reclaimed from what was once a ligustrum forest (ask her about her chainsaw parties!). One thing that really strikes me about her garden is how incredibly multifunctional it is. Renee is someone who loves to entertain, and her garden shows it. There are lots of comfy seating areas with lots of chairs, as well as a stage where she’s hosted backyard concerts. There’s a firepit seating area for the winter and a water feature seating area for the summer. Also, surrounding all of those areas are lots of plants, especially food plants. Renee is a fabulous cook, as we all found out firsthand. Her sunny front yard is home to a ton of edibles as well. And not only does her garden not only feeds people, it’s a fabulous wildlife habitat, with plenty of water, food, and shelter for birds and insects. She also has quite a diverse collection of garden art. It’s a fun garden to explore, that’s for sure, and I love how it isn’t just for looks, but is obviously lived and worked in as well.