Summer 2014
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Features

57th Zilker Garden Festival Celebrates a Successful Year!

Austin Pond Society's 2014 Pond Tour: 20 Years of Giving

The Swedish Cabin

Much Ado About Mulch
Club News and Announcements

The Travis County Beekeepers Association

Iris Society of Austin Show and Awards

Summer Plant Shows and Sales

Travis County Master Gardeners Summer Workshops
Zilker Botanical Garden

Events at a Glance

The Chrysalis Gift Shop at Zilker Botanical Garden

The Walk of Friends

City of Austin Newsletters KLRU's "Central Texas Gardener"

Yelp Reviews
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57th Zilker Garden Festival
by Donna Friedenreich, Zilker Garden Festival Chair
57th Zilker Garden Festival Celebrates a Successful Year!
When AAGC hosted the 49th annual Zilker Garden Festival in March 2006, I wrote in our Down the Garden Path newsletter that the words from a Beatles' song kept playing in my head:"...we get by with a little help from our friends."
When it comes to the success of our annual garden festival, we could change those words to"...we succeed with a LOT of help from our friends!"
This year, we celebrated our 57th annual Zilker Garden Festival, AAGC's primary fundraiser that benefits our nonprofit organization and Zilker Botanical Garden. The City of Austin's Parks and Recreation Department continues its collaborative relationship with AAGC as our Co-Sponsor for this annual event. The garden festival owes its success to so many components.
Austin Pond Society's 2014 Pond Tour: 20 Years of Giving
by BJ Jenkins, Austin Pond Society
Austin Pond Society's 20th Annual Pond Tour
Saturday and Sunday, June 7th and 8th, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
2 Ponds will be open on Saturday night from 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The tour will feature 21 ponds, including two commercial ponds. There are several ponds that are on the tour for the first time, as well as some all-time favorites!
This year's tour is benefiting the Dell Children's Medical Center. They have a beautiful pond in their Healing Garden.
The Austin Pond Society helped provide fish for the pond last year, and this year we will be giving a portion of the proceeds from the tour to help maintain the pond.
The pond will be on the tour on Sunday, June 8th. It's only open in the morning, though, so make it one of your first stops!
DCMC Healing Garden Pond
Yes, summer means it is time for the Austin Pond Society's annual Pond Tour again. It would seem that the pond and garden tour would be all about water features, lilies and fish. But look at the start of the second paragraph again:
This year's tour is benefiting the Dell Children's Medical Center.
If you were to ask board members why it's important that the Pond Tour be successful, they would reply that it enables a donation to the organization selected as that year's beneficiary.
20 Years of Giving
The Swedish Log Cabin at Zilker Botanical Garden
By: Jean Quist Sellstrom
Updated by Barbara Pate
Written for a speech at the Log Cabin for the AMERICAN SWEDISH HISTORICAL SOCIETY
tour of Central Texas Swedish sites. April 2005.
Editors Note: The pioneer Swedish Cabin at Zilker Botanical Garden is currently undergoing renovation and preservation. We thought you might like to know more about the cabin in order to better appreciate the history it represents of early settlers to Central Texas. We hope you will visit the cabin when the renovations are completed.
The Swedish Cabin at Zilker Botanical Garden
The pioneer log cabin in Zilker Botanical Garden was built around 1838 in Govalle, east of Austin. Sven Swenson bought the cabin and 400 acres of farm land in the 1850's. Swenson and his uncle, Svante Palm were promoters, encouraging the immigration of many thousands of their Småland countrymen to Texas, helping to settle the frontier.
Immigration to Texas aided both countries - Sweden had a shortage of both food and land, and Texas was the potential solution to these problems for those hardworking Swedes who came to this country with such high expectations.
Much Ado About Mulch
by Rachel Matthews, Heart of the Hills Garden Club
Summer Is Here and the Heat is On!
Even with judicious late evening watering, and planting in less than full sun, plants get stressed in our summer heat. They need all the help they can get from us. So I am here to tell you about one thing that really helps combat the Texas summer: MULCH.
Mulch is the summer (and winter, for that matter) gardener's best friend. In summer, think of it more as sunscreen than as an overcoat.
I mulch to within few inches or so of the trunks of my trees, throughout my flower and vegetable beds, even in my containers, and it helps a lot.
Generally (ask your garden center for specifics depending on the mulch you are using) a depth of two to three inches of mulch is enough to help keep weeds at bay, conserve moisture, and give your plants a boost to survive the summer heat.
The question is, which mulch is right for your garden?
Beat the heat with mulch
Club News and Announcements
The Travis County Beekeepers Association
Joins the Austin Area Garden Council
The AAGC is pleased to annouce that a new club has joined the Council: the Travis County Beekeepers Association.
The Travis County Beekeepers Association (TCBA) was founded in 2014 and exists to promote common interest and general welfare of beekeeping, to protect honey bees, to educate beekeepers, encourage good bee management practices, and to encourage good relations between beekeepers and the public.
Tanya Phillips is the Association President, and we look forward to learning more about bees and how important they are to horticulture. Welcome aboard Beekeepers!
Iris Society of Austin Show and Awards
from Nelda Moore, Iris Society of Austin
The Iris Society of Austin held its 25th accredited show at the Austin Area Garden Center Auditorium on April 12th. There were 17 horticulture exhibitors, 111 entries, and 99 varieties of irises, including 86 blossoms for tall bearded varieties:
  • 3 border bearded
  • 2 intermediate bearded
  • 2 standard dwarf bearded
  • 2 spurias, and
  • 4 Louisianas.
  • There were 111 Entries in the show
    "Silverado" by Debbie Hood
    'Silverado,' a tall bearded iris that won Best White and Best Iris Specimen for Debbie Hood, captured the top award.
    Runner-Up was a Best Spuria named 'White Heron' grown by Don and Pat Freeman.
    Don and Pat Freeman will be awarded the silver medal and certificate by having 11 blue ribbons.
    Marney Abel will receive the bronze medal and certificate from the American Iris Society by winning 8 blue ribbons for her entries.
    In the Youth Division 2 exhibitors had 3 entries and 3 different cultivars.
    Pat Freeman won Sweepstakes in the Artistic Division, which had 9 talented exhibitors that used their imagination to create flower arrangements to suit the theme, "Irises Under the Big Top." Pat also will be awarded a certificate for the Best Design of the Show.
    Judges for the horticulture division included
  • Al Elliott from Georgetown,
  • Dell Perry of Plano,
  • and Lowell Baumunk, an iris hybridizer from Littleton, Colorado, who had been to the American Iris Society Convention in Addison, Texas.
  • "Best Design" - Pat Freeman
    Nelda Moore, The Iris Society of Austin
    Summer Plant Shows and Sales
    Summer may seem to be a quiet time for gardeners, but we will have plant shows and sales at the Garden Center in June and August this summer. When you see a show or sale you may be interested in, please visit the club's web site for more information.
    June
    The Garden Club of Austin Plant Sale
    The Garden Club of Austin Plant Show and Sale
    Saturday, June 7, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
    Sunday, June 8, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
    http://www.thegardenclubofaustin.org/
    August
    Austin Cactus and Succulent Society Show and Sale
    Austin Cactus and Succulent Society Show and Sale
    Saturday and Sunday, August 30 and 31, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
    http://www.austincss.com
    Travis County Master Gardeners Summer Workshops
    Travis County Master Gardeners (TCMG) Educational Workshops
    Many clubs do not meet in the summer. One exception is the Travis County Master Gardeners who continue to meet and hold eductaional workshops throughout the summer. You can visit their web site at: http:/www.tcmastergardeners.org for more information on these and other upcoming workshops.
    Saturday, June 21, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
    "Composting for the Home Garden"
    Pat Mokry, Master Gardener and compost specialist, will teach the methods of constructing different composting systems to turn kitchen 'trash' into garden treasure. You'll be both informed and entertained by Pat's presentation on how to use this valuable soil amendment to increase your garden's fertility and productivity.
    Saturday, July 19, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
    "Beekeeping"
    Chris Doggett, of Williamson County Beekeepers Association, will share his knowledge and expertise in raising and managing bees. Learn how to provide a healthy and attractive environment for bees, whether you have a backyard hive, or acres of crops needing pollination. A delightful speaker with hands-on experience, Chris will gladly answer your questions and concerns to take the mystery out of beekeeping.
    Saturday, August 16, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
    "Insect Visitors in Your Garden"
    Update your understanding of good bugs and bad, with Master Gardeners Pat Mokry and Sheryl Williams. Pat, an entomology specialist, will describe the common insect visitors to your garden, and help you determine if and how you should treat for them. Following identification of beneficial insects, Sheryl will then share a fascinating project she has constructed to attract insects into her garden for observation, pollination and just plain fun. Don't miss these two lively, informative ladies!
    Zilker Botanical Garden
    Events at a Glance
    June 2014
    Sunday, June 1, 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm
    Afternoon in the Garden
    Saturday, June 7, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
    Sunday, June 8, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
    The Garden Club of Austin Show and Sale
    Monday through Friday, June 9 - 13
    Zilker Botanical Garden's iCamp
    Saturday, June 14, 9:30 am
    Docent Led Tour (Weather permitting)
    Sunday, June 15, 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm
    Afternoon in the Garden
    Monday through Friday, June 16 - 203
    Zilker Botanical Garden's iCamp
    Saturday, June 21, 10:00 am to 12:00 noon
    Travis County Master Gardeners Educational Workshop
    "Composting for the Home Garden"
    July 2014
    Friday, July 4
    Independence Day holiday
    Zilker Botanical Garden Closed
    Sunday, July 6, 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm
    Afternoon in the Garden
    Saturday, July 12, 9:30 am
    Docent Led Tour (Weather permitting)
    Saturday, July 12, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
    Travis County Master Gardeners Educational Workshop
    "Beekeeping"
    Sunday, July 20, 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm
    Afternoon in the Garden
    August 2014
    Sunday, August 3, 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm
    Afternoon in the Garden
    Saturday, August 9, 9:30 am
    Docent Led Tour (Weather permitting)
    Saturday, August 16, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
    TCMG Educational Workshop
    "Insect Visitors in Your Garden"
    Sunday, August 17, 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm
    Afternoon in the Garden
    Saturday and Sunday, August 30 and 31, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
    Austin Cactus and Succulent Society Show and Sale
    September 2014
    Sunday, September 7, 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm
    Afternoon in the Garden
    Saturday, September 13, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
    Sunday, September 14, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
    Texas Bamboo Society Show and Sale
    Sunday, September 21, 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm
    Afternoon in the Garden
    October 2014
    Friday through Sunday, October 3 -5
    Austin City Limits Festival
    Zilker Botanical Garden Closed
    Friday through Sunday, October 10 -12
    Austin City Limits Festival
    Zilker Botanical Garden Closed
    Saturday, October 18, 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
    Sunday, October 19, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
    Violet Crown Garden Club Show and Sale
    Sunday, October 19, 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm
    Afternoon in the Garden
    Events scheduled at the Zilker Botanical Garden-Austin Area Garden Center are always posted, and kept updated, on the Calendar of Events page on the web site.
    The Chrysalis Gift Shop at Zilker Botanical Garden
    Where can a visitor purchase post cards, cookbooks, jewelry,
    puzzles, Gatorade, framed prints, and unique gifts?
    Drive to Zilker Botanical Garden and shop at The Chrysalis Gift Shop, where your shopping experience will be satisfied with such great gifts as Remarkable Plants of Texas, The Garden Guide, Food by Design from the Violet Crown Garden Club, New Braunfels Garden Club Cookbook, books about trees, butterflies, snakes, or dragonflies.
    The Chrysalis Gift Shop
    Then there are cool towels, shopping bags that can be stuffed inside themselves to form a ball that can be attached to a purse, tee shirts, very special Austin gifts for the person who has everything, beautiful jewelry, night lights of nature, boxes that look like flowers.
    Bring your birthday child along and let him shop for himself in the children's section for wooden snakes, dinosaurs, puzzles, books, cardinals that sing their song, or perhaps he will purchase a framed nature print for his room. It is all there and some of the items are fashioned here in Austin by Austin artists
    For more information, please visit the The Chrysalis Gift Shop web site...
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    The Walk of Friends
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    Click on Support and then Walk of Friends.
    It's easy! Select the size of brick you would like, choose your message and return the form with your payment. Contact Sandra Holt at 512-345-3164 for more information, or visit:
    http://www.zilkergarden.org/support/friends.html.
    The Walk of Friends
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