The only public garden on the tour, the AgriLife Extension Demonstration Garden was created and is maintained by the Master Gardeners. It’s a space for experimentation and for the demonstration of various horticultural techniques. On display are several kinds of compost systems, vegetable beds featuring seasonal herb and vegetable varieties, squares of different turf types recommended for Central Texas, tough adapted roses, and plenty of flowers to appeal to butterflies, bees and other pollinators, as well as the occasional human.
The exotic flowers of Passionflower cover a chain link fence between a sidewalk and parking area. In my experience, it tends to spread like crazy, so this is the perfect spot to keep it in bounds! This is the host plant for the gulf fritillary butterfly.
While the Demonstration Garden is free and open to the public, there will be Master Gardeners on hand to answer questions during the tour. Read more about the Demo Garden here and check out a photo gallery here.
The Inside Austin Gardens Tour is October 17th from 9 AM to 4 PM. Tickets are $20 for all 7 gardens or $5 per garden. You can also buy your ticket to all of the gardens for $19 here. More information can be found on the Inside Austin Gardens Tour website.
See you on tour day!