Wednesday, September 17, 2008


A friend and I decided to spend our morning today at the Natural Gardener -- what a treat! There was so much to see and do. Definitely a great place to take the kids and walk around.

While browsing inside the store, I decided to purchase a copy of the Texas Gardener magazine. Imagine my surprise when I recognized a local blogger as one of the feature stories. Blogging has been taking off as a great way for Austin gardeners to network and share information and tips.

I also purchased the Texas Bug Book. This was originally Pamela's idea to own the copy. But after I started digging through the pages, I realized this was a VALUABLE book to own! Not only are there pictures of all the Texas bugs, but information on pest control for your home and garden. A must have!
The nursery was very well kept and full of surprises. The kids got to see lots of animals, the butterfly garden, and an amazing variety of plants. And the staff, by the way, are very friendly.

I'll most definitely be back -- especially to take advantage of their free workshops. This will especially be an asset for Pamela's horticulture 4-H projects.

Afterwards, we decided to go vegetarian for lunch and eat at Mr. Natural. I had an incredible spinach, rice, and bean dish (can't remember what it was called) and for my drink, spinach pineapple juice. Not bad!

Well, time to start working on my FALL GARDEN! (Hoping for "fall" anyways... we had a nice surprise earlier this week with 70-degree temps... but now we're expecting our temps to rise back to the 90's.
Hoping for COOL WEATHER for the wedding!


Patty said...

Lucky you, I wish I could have gone there.

Jeanne said...

That reminds me of this field trip I took with Julia's class a couple of years ago to a place here called Oxley Nature Center. Learning about the insects in our region and plants, etc..

What a group of cuties.

What is that gigantic aloe looking plant?

Bonnie said...

Thanks for featuring me in your post. I love visiting the Natural Gardener and I'm sure you guys had a blast.

Posh And Trendy said...

I'd love to visit that place.. I've been thinking of making a water garden/pond and loved the picture of the one with the waterfall.. might do mine that way.. the sign about unattended kids was so cute.
That bug on the bottom left I call stink bugs and those buggers use to be a pain in the butt when I had a garden in Midland TX. The only way I could keep them under control was painting their eggs with finger nail polish.
I already have a fall garden growing of radishes and turnips.. still picking string beans too.