Hill Country residents who love gardening – and who want to find out more about plants native to the Highland Lakes area – will want to circle Saturday, Oct. 11, on their calendars.
That’s the day that the fifth annual Native Plant Garden Tour is scheduled. Up to three home gardens and several public gardens in Marble Falls will be on the tour, with knowledgeable gardeners on hand to answer questions at the gardens. A sale of native plants will be held at the event’s headquarters and a native tree-give away is also planned.
Tickets for the day’s activities will be available at the event’s headquarters – Falls on the Colorado Museum, 2001 Broadway, Marble Falls – starting at 9 a.m. Tickets are $5 for adults and children age 12 and above. The tour and plant sale will last until 2 p.m. with tickets on sale until 1 p.m.
“Several new gardens will be on this year’s tour,” says Fred Zagst, president of the Highland Lakes Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas (NPSOT), the organization spearheading the event. Specific locations of the gardens and maps will be given with the paid tickets (wrist-band identification) that Saturday morning, he explains.
“We have four private home gardens on the tour now,” says Zagst, “and we’re looking for a fifth, which I feel certain we’ll find.” The private gardens are located in Marble Falls and in the Horseshoe Bay area.
Additionally, three public gardens in Marble Falls are on the tour. Of special interest at the public gardens will be views of and information on the Monarch Butterfly way-stations at each of those gardens.
In addition to the tour, a wide variety of native plants will be on sale at the headquarters. These are plants that have been nurtured in the gardens of local naturalists, says Beth Mortenson, co-chair of the event, who is currently planting native seeds so they’ll be ready for the October sale.
“Native plants are important in a garden – or as the entire garden landscape – because they adapt well to our Hill Country climate, typically take less water, and show a pride in the fact that we’re Highland Lakes gardeners,” she says. The Plant Sale committee is headed by Joan Mukherjee and Sheryl Yantis.
Details are being worked out for the tree give-away, says Marjorie Dearmont, a NPSOT member in charge of this activity. One thing for certain, though, is that a number of native trees will be offered throughout the morning at the headquarters, to people who will “adopt them” – that is, take them home that day and plant soon.
The day’s overall events are organized by the Highland Lakes chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas, with assistance from the Highland Lakes Master Gardeners and the Highland Lakes Master Naturalists. Additional information about the event will be available as the event nears.