THE WIMBERLEY GARDEN
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM
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Wimberley residents always know that Spring has officially blossomed when
the Wimberley Garden Club holds its annual tour. Residents and local
experts invite the public into their beautiful gardens in a hospitable
display of nature's best. Eagerly awaited by those who've been lucky
enough to attend a previous tour, this event reveals the green thumbs
behind xeriscaping and other beautiful ways to cohabit peacefully with the
unique beauty of rocky, cedar filled hills and valleys.
|This year the annual Wimberley Garden Club Garden Tour will be Saturday, May
14, 2005, from
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Six beautiful gardens will be featured, and an art and plant sale will
add to the fun.
Complimentary refreshments will be served at one home.
Tickets are available at the Wimberley Visitor Center. Read on about the
beautiful gardens on this year's tour...
You'll find the home of Julia and Rene Moulinet in Woodcreek where Little Hog Creek cuts through the neighborhood right in front of their log home. They have incorporated natural landscape to enhance the sound of bubbling water from the waterfall they built to flow into the creek. Julia, a garden club member, has planted Mexican feather grass, lantana, sages and other natives among the large rocks and more shade loving plants under the live oaks.
The back yard has a lovely seating area where the Garden Club will provide refreshments for those on the tour. There is a playscape next to a large leaning oak where 10 grandchildren come to play under the trees. You'll enjoy both a fern garden and a cactus garden on opposite sides of the large fenced yard. Parking is available on both streets on this corner lot.
The drive out to Wimberley Hills to visit the home of Mary Jane and Tommy Cloud is time well spent. They came to Wimberley last year to downsize from 2000 acres to about 10. Their lovely new ranch house backs up to a hill, leaving space out in front to enjoy the view of the Devil's Backbone in the distance. The spacious porch has many large container plants grouped with leather King Ranch director's chairs. The dogtrot design features an outdoor dining room where you will be able view and purchase the work of local artists to benefit the Garden Club.
Near the porch the landscaping is simple, combining native plants and cacti with more familiar species. The large sloping front grass leads out to the cabana that provides shade near the sparkling pool with a waterfall. There you'll find tropical palm mixed with wonderful natives, trees and potted plants.
Further into Wimberley Ranches, Brenda and Gary Welch also enjoy a magnificent view of the Devil's Backbone. They have only been in their home a year but have obviously made landscaping a priority. With the help of Dolly Jackson of Sagebrush in San Marcos they have planned a five-phase design that is displayed on the front porch. Three phases are implemented thus far and feature the use of limestone in the dry streambed that is both beautiful and functional in managing drainage. The beautiful fountain and abundant native plants will delight visitors.
Bobbie and Glenn Fryer have resided in their home on the Blanco for nearly 10 years after several years of visiting and clearing their 5 acres of cedar, while planning their gardens. Bobbie, and active Garden Club member, is a tireless gardener. She enjoys all aspects of her gardens, which include a fenced vegetable garden surrounded by, berry vines and flowers. Bulbs occupy a prominent area on the driveway. There is also a bed of roses, and areas of ferns and native trees and shrubs. Bobbie and Glen designed and constructed a greenhouse and compost bins. They have also made extensive use of drip irrigation in the gardens and in hanging baskets on the beautiful porch. A plant sale will be held at the Fryers with plants propagated by garden club members available for purchase.
Approaching the home of Joel and Jane Lander you'll feel that you've come upon a stone castle. The Landers are long time Winberley residents, but have not quite a year in this beautiful location. The Mr. Redden (original owner) spent fire years constructing a series of ponds and waterfalls where large Koi thrive. A bridge brings you to the large deck where you can enjoy dappled shade while watching the fish. There are several small gardens with native plants between the pools. Mr. Landers is an avid gardener and has made improvements and additions to the gardens.
Dee Ann Story lives on 84 beautiful acres that have been in her family since 1970. The home and gardens are on a wonderful bluff overlooking the Blanco. There is a prominent deck from which to view and hear the river. The property has extensive gardens with a large variety of trees, shrubs, and flowers. There is a lovely pond with goldfish that know their names. Dr. Story, a retired UT professor of Anthropology, specializing in archeology, has donated land, containing a 5000-year-old Indian Mound, to a conservancy.
As you approach the home you will observe small rock walls that follow the contour of the property. These are for erosion control and indicate Dee Ann's understanding of and love for this land.