Garden Bloggers Spring Fling 2008


Garden Bloggers Spring Fling: Saturday, April 5, 2008

Bluebonnets Photo Credit Pam PenickThis fun and informative weekend begins at 9 am on Saturday morning with a docent-led tour of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, a unique, native-plant botanic garden and research center, where the famous Texas bluebonnets should be in bloom.

After the tour, we’ll enjoy a fajita lunch at Nuevo Leon and a talk by Tom Spencer called “Gathered Stones: Garden Memories.” Tom is a KLRU-TV host, producer, writer, photographer, and winner of the 2007 Mouse & Trowel Award for Gardening Website of the Year at Soul of the Garden.

The Natural Gardener by Pam PenickAustin’s best-known organic nursery, the Natural Gardener, will be our next stop, where we’ll stroll through inspirational display gardens that include a butterfly garden, herb garden, orchard, and labyrinth and tepee garden. If you want to do any shopping, the nursery has a great selection of plants, pots, tools, books, and gifts.

James David Gardens by Pam PenickWe’ll conclude our garden tours with a visit to the world-class personal garden of James David and Gary Peese, founders of Gardens. An internationally acclaimed landscape architect, principal of David/Peese Design, and a discerning plantsman, David will show us around his magnificent garden, which is a regular stop on the Open Days Austin tours.

Later that afternoon, Digging‘s Pam Penick will host a casual happy hour at her home and garden, with blogging discussions led by Carol of May Dreams Gardens and Kathy of Cold Climate Gardening. For dinner we’ll dig into some famous Texas BBQ at County Line on the Lake, and some lucky winners will take home garden-related door prizes.

Pre-Event Dinner: Friday, April 4, 2008

For those arriving on Friday, April 4th, the Austin bloggers would be delighted to meet for a group dinner at Matt’s El Rancho. When you RSVP (below), please let Pam know if you would like to join us for dinner on Friday.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

No events are planned for Sunday, leaving it open for sightseeing or departure. Check out our pages on Austin Sightseeing and Garden-Related Day Trips for fun things to do around town and in central Texas. When you RSVP, feel free to use the comment fields as a bulletin board to find other bloggers willing to meet up for a day trip or sightseeing.


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  1. * Julie says:

    Pam, Melissa, & Co.

    Thanks so much for doing this!

    Out of towners who can sneak a bit more time into their trips may want to visit the Antique Rose Emporium on Friday or Sunday. Especially if the weather obliges, this place is a true wonder of Central Texas in the spring. The Antique Rose Emporium in Independence, Tx, is about a two hour drive East of Austin. The one north of San Antonio is closer, and beautiful too, but, ah, not like the original spot, with all the variety and better establishesd roses, blooming like mad on trellices and in sweeping beds.

    People can can check out the place here:

    See you soon.


    Thanks for the suggestion, Julie. We’ve come up with several neat Day Trips from Austin. We’re looking for more ideas from everyone. — Melissa

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