Sunday, June 7, 2009

A Saturday Garden Tour

Early Saturday morning Mother and I started out on a wonderful garden tour. This one was sponsored by Dallas Water Utilities and called the Water-Wise Garden Tour. There were lots of houses on the tour including winners from years past. This year the entries must be gardens that save rain water in some way.
Most of the houses we went to had something similar to this one. One house had 3 tanks-very interesting, but there were so many people around it I couldn't get a picture.

The first garden we went to was close to Mother. Really nice gardeners (of course, what gardener is not nice!) This is their backyard which now contains no grass, just drought tolerant plants.
There were lots of pretty wildflowers-and you know how I love wildflowers!
flowers were every where!
There was even a little picnic table all set up for tea at this house. I commented on all the rock rose they had..and they sent one home with me! Love the generosity of gardeners!
The next garden was one I have been to many times. This is where the sweet little lady that gave me my ground ivy lives. Her shady garden is always a special treat to visit.

The new addition this year---her chicken coop. Look at the basket sitting by the door and you will see the eggs she collected.
I have visited this garden many times over the years. The first time was about 8 years ago on a pond tour. It remains my favorite house ever! It is in the Greenland Hills area of Dallas. The owners have won awards for their xeriscape ideas. A few years ago, they took out the traditional Bermuda/St Augustine grass in front and planted buffalo grass. In addition, they have all drought tolerant plants.
They are proud owners of lots of cactus and wildflowers.
They are on a corner lot, so they have lots of oppor-
tunities for several beds.
This is their "court-
yard" backyard.
This was once a garage-now an office. Wouldn't you like to go to work walking through this door every morning!
This is this kitchen window..
..and the patio below the window.
This is the door and patio off the master bedroom.
And this is the little pond just a few feet away.

There are so many little places to sit around the courtyard.

Can you tell I LOVE this house and garden!

The gate at the next house beckons you to come in..
The owner really loves cactus and succulents and had so many clever ways to display them.
She told me she covers this area every winter and keeps it covered until spring.
There was another little neighbor-
hood garden tour going on in addition to the Water-Wise tour. It was in a quiet little neighbor-
hood in the Casa View/Casa Linda area of Dallas.
There is a median as you enter the area that has been maintained by some of the residents for some time. We always take time to visit a few of these houses during this tour.
There are so many pretty gardens..
...some really pretty sitting areas..

..great looking agave..
..and new experi-
mental cactus/
succulent gardens.
But our favorite on this little tour was this last house.
As you can see, it is a front garden totally full of flowers and plants.
I just couldn't take a picture of everything, but I can tell you the flowers were amazing. There was something here for everyone, and they were all so healthy and happy.
The homeowner is the gardener, a very knowledgeable person..who was also in a wheelchair. He told us he had been in the nursery business "before" and didn't want to give it up. We thanked him for opening up his yard to this tour and he told us to stop by anytime and visit his flowers. Talk about passionate about gardening!
What a joy it was to see all these wonderful gardens..some big, others small; some with shade, others with sun; but they all had one thing in common--gardeners who loved nature and were doing their part to add beauty to the space they were given. Sometimes I come home from these garden tours a little envious of the gardens I see, but this Saturday I came home happy and appreciative of what I have been able to create in my small space.

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend..and found something beautiful in your garden.

"All gardeners live in beautiful places because they make them so.."
Joseph Joubert


tina said...

That is a really neat idea to sponsor a water wise garden tour. I love them all. It seems rustic is the theme and it is so wonderful. The chicken coop, shutters and chairs would be right at home in my garden.

P.S. I posted a link to my daughter's pictures on a post last year. Hard to believe they are so grown. I hope yours are doing great! And the wedding plans are going well.

JenningsJunk said...

Looks like sooooooo much fun!! I love ALL your pictures and descriptions. I feel like I was there with y'all :-) Thank you so so much for sharing!!!

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful tour, and I love the waterwise thing. I'm sure in Texas gardening can be a challenge during the hottest times of the year. I really need to get my butt in gear & check out some of the local tours in my area. ;)

Meadowview Thymes said...

Hi Tina! The water dept does this every year trying to encourage gardeners to be conservative with their water. I think it is a good idea too. I have learned many things on these tours. You can read and read, but seeing something in real life helps so much--plus it is SO much fun to see other gardens!
I check out that link. Wedding plans are going well..dd will be in town this weekend.

jj--happy to take you along on the tour. Maybe you can show your mom the picture's too. :)

Racquel--I would go on a garden tour every week if I could. Guess it's a good thing I can't--as I need to work in my garden some! :)

Brenda said...

I want those Adirondack chairs! Exactly what I've been looking for. Isn't it amazing that the love of gardening is even beneficial to someone in a wheelchair. So much so that he finds a way to do it with limitations. Makes me smile.

Meadowview Thymes said...

The chairs were great Brenda--bet they got them in Santa Fe (they love Santa Fe and Austin!)
I'm glad you enjoyed hearing about the gardener in the wheelbarrow. My Mother and I could not get him off our mind. What an inspiration!

Susie said...

Can I just say, Oh my goodness!!! What fantastic tours. I wish I could have my yard looking last those last couple of pictures. Thanks for taking us on your adventures Linda.

Meadowview Thymes said...

Hi Susie! Glad you are back--we missed you! :)
Wish I could have taken you with me on the was wonderful. I always see something I wish I had!

Anonymous said...

Oh, I just love to take garden tours at other people's homes! I wish they'd do them here in my town.

Meadowview Thymes said...

You can get so many ideas from these tours Robin--I try to go on as many as I can! :)

Cindy, My Corner of Katy said...

Linda, your favorite garden would have been mine as well! Like Brenda, I want those red Adirondack chairs ... they'd look smashing in my courtyard. I'm off to Google them and see what I can find!

Meadowview Thymes said...

Cindy, let us know if you find them. These homeowners love the hill country and Santa Fe--so I thought maybe they bought them on one of their trips. That house is so Texas (SF too) to me. I got to go inside one is awesome!