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
The Phillips garden inspires envy in two things they’ve got going for them that I want: a giant honkin’ rainwater collection system and a LEED-certified house. I also enjoy the size of their property, as I’ve used up pretty much all available plant space in my yard these days. Anyway, their garden is very naturalistic and comprised of tough plants. The veggie garden compensates for shallow soil with stock tank planting beds and drip irrigation. And walking down their driveway was fabulous, with the sweet smells of blooming kidneywood and blackfoot daisies filling the air. I am also in love with how they grew blue sky vine and snail vines up their front porch. It looks absolutely spectacular.