Wednesday, May 6, 2009

WILDFLOWER CENTER GARDENS ON TOUR


                                                              Mexican hats, Ratibida columnaris

On May 9th the Wildflower Center will be holding its Gardens on Tour. It is a chance to see how well native plants can be incorporated into the landscape. This year I will be working at 518 Buckeye Trail. I chose this garden because it was designed by Jill Nokes, and just a week ago the Austin garden bloggers had a personal tour of her own garden. Jill is a talented designer who uses native plants in her designs. 
Plan to enjoy a day of touring these special gardens and learning how you can incorporate native plants into your own landscape.

8 comments:

  1. What an incredible flower with that tall cone. I wonder what family it belongs to?
    The petals remind one of tagetes, and the cone of cone flowers.

    Wish I could take a peek at those gardens you mention.

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  2. I'll be looking for you, Jenny. Will you be there all day?

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  3. Jo- It really is a bit of a weed but it's out on the septic field so I don't worry and it does take a nice photo. The Acanthus family.
    Pam- I will be there in the afternoon. Plan to see the gardens in the morning. Bit of inside advice. Hit the one on Rockcliff early as the parking is a problem there.

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  4. Acanthus: now that does surprise me. I think of A.spinosis, the brute I keep ripping out, with totally different flowers (two-lipped), or possibly Water Willow (dianthera).
    Also totally different from this cone shape. we live and learn.

    Hope you have a nice (cool) day tomorrow.
    jo

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  5. You were right to be surprised Jo. I have been corrected by a fellow blogger who says it belongs to the Asteraceae family. I'm afraid I wasn't very careful when I looked at the WFC website.

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  6. Well, maybe we'll see you in the gardens. We're hitting Academy first, then Rockcliff. Thanks for the tip about parking at that one.

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  7. Where did you get your Clematis texensis? I want both that and the Purple one.

    I saw the purple one growing on a bush at South Llano River State park and first saw this one on a hike at Lost Maples state park. I love both of them.

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  8. At the wildflower Center sale 2 years ago. They have one in the Spring and Fall. You might also find it at Bartone Springs Nursery or the Natural Gardener.

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