When we pulled into the parking lot yesterday, my husband Mike, although trying to mask his feelings, looked like he was getting ready to be poked in the eye by a sharp stick. In other words, looking at flowers and gardens is not his “thing.” I, on the other hand, practically sprang from the car in anticipation. I was excited to visit the center I’ve read about over many years; I remember a TV commercial from when I was young: Lady Bird talked about our native plants and need to preserve them. So yesterday I was looking forward to seeing and learning about native plants of the Southwest, a group of plants far outside my norm.
The Center impressed me on two levels: (1) the garden layouts. The Center is laid out with meandering trails
(woodland, savannah meadow, restoration research and more) as well as vistas, vignettes and formal gardens. It’s broken down into theme gardens (think butterfly, white, medicinal and many more. . .), showcases a variety of pools, ponds and streams (Hill Country stream), and offers up some lovely design inspiration, no matter where you live. (2) the flowers, shrubs and trees: Think about it — almost 650 species of Texas native plants all in one well arranged, easily accessible place. Texas native plants can be quietly colored, but so many were bright, cheery and large! I love a good succulent (e.g., cactus), but I learned about so many more varieties that thrive in Texas and other areas of our U.S. Southwest; the Center makes it easy to learn about our U.S. natives through the clear and frequent signage. Well done!
Let me share some of the layouts I loved with you. Let me know what you think!