Help us keep Austin edible and blooming on the 2012 Inside Austin Gardens tour, showcasing 7 gardens where vegetables and ornamentals not only get along but elevate each other to new heights of design. The tour takes place Saturday, October 20, 2012 from 9am until 4pm. Tour includes gardens to explore, educational talks, and plant and book sales.
With water-wise gardening techniques in mind, seven gardens will showcase ways to incorporate food and water for all the visitors to the garden: bees, hummingbirds, butterflies, and birds as well as people and pets. The gardens feature herbs, vegetables, citrus and fruit trees as well as heirloom roses mixed with Texas-tough, drought tolerant native and adapted plants. Water conservation is observed through the use of rain-water collection systems, drip irrigation, mulches and correct soil biology.
As always, the tour will include educational seminars and other fun activities at each stop. Learn what vegetables to grow and why, let the children eat rainbows, or hear the thought-provoking story of the American Indian medicine wheel. Learn practical methods to add edibles to your landscape, how to eat the fruits of your labors, and recipes to spice things up with herbs! Books, plants and t-shirts will be available at each garden.
Tickets for the tour are $20 (or $5 for each garden) and can be purchased at any of the gardens. There is no admission charge for children under 12.