Brazos County Master Gardeners will host their annual garden tour on Saturday April 29, 2017 from 9am- 2pm featuring three local gardens. For the second year in a row this tour will be held in the spring instead of the fall and should inspire gardeners that they can be successful in their own yards. Although there are several short runs of steps, most of the gardens can be viewed from handicapped-accessible paved areas. Only service animals will be allowed into the gardens.
In case of inclement weather, a RAIN DATE has been set for May 6.
10900 Boxley Bend, College Station
An echo of the Hill Country is to be found along a picturesque bend of the Brazos River. These gardeners started with a cow pasture and some trees; their labor over several decades has resulted in the highly diverse and water-wise landscape we see today.
Two million pounds of limestone imported from Central Texas provide the structure of this garden cut into the side of a hill on which Native Americans camped for several thousand years. Drought-tolerant plantings lead to and surround a 21st-century “dog run” house (not open to the public) that, on the river side, commands a panoramic view of an ox-bow, green pastures, and pecan orchards.
Water-wise Texas natives predominate, but it is not all cactus and succulents. Pollinators, including Monarch Butterflies, are provided with an extensive menu of their favorite flowers. Fruits and vegetables are mixed among the ornamentals.
Given the slope and clay content of the site, channeling and retaining water run-off is critical to this garden. This sprawling country garden has lessons that can be adapted by the suburban homeowner.
Texas Best Practices Exemplified
9689 Valley View Drive, College Station
This gently rolling 10-acre property checks ALL the boxes in the Texas Master Gardener’s manual: pollinator-friendly; composting; rainwater collection; run-off drainage and retention; trees, ornamentals, edibles; Texas natives; outdoor living rooms; recreation…
The plant diversity is impressive and colorful. It provides not only beauty and tranquility for the gardeners, but nurture and refuge for the non-human residents. Visitors are led naturally through the property by following the curves of the landscaping. No straight lines here!
These elements are unified by a thoughtful and elegant design that enhances the environment to the benefit of the homeowners, the wildlife, and the community. See what following “best practices” can achieve in your garden!
Visitors allergic to bee stings should note that active hives are kept on this property.
The Demonstration Idea Garden (DIG)
Brazos County Extension Office
2619 Highway 21 West, Bryan
The Demonstration Idea Garden (DIG) is the beneficiary of thousands of volunteer hours by local Master Gardeners. Over the years it has grown and been improved upon and now includes: a rose garden, butterfly garden, shade garden, Texas Superstar garden, veggie garden, an arboretum and rainwater harvesting.
There will be hands-on-activities at this garden for pruning, propagating, saving rainwater and growing plants in the Brazos Valley.
Tickets for the event are $10 for adults; up to two children ages 12 and under will be allowed in free with any paying adult. You may purchase tickets at the Brazos County AgriLife Extension Office located at 2619 Highway 21 W. in Bryan or at any of the gardens on the day of the tour. Checks only will be accepted at the office and cash or checks will be accepted at the gardens.
For more information:
Brazos County Extension Office – 979.823.0129