September 26, 2021
After a hiatus of a year and a half, my Garden Spark speaker series returned last Thursday with a presentation by always-inspiring landscape architect Tait Moring, in a beautiful new outdoor classroom at Barton Springs Nursery. I’ve been trying to get Tait for Garden Spark for quite a while, and then his talk had to be postponed twice due to covid. But thanks to the outdoor venue and other safety measures, 40 ticket holders were able to enjoy Tait’s humorous stories and images of beautiful gardens he’s designed around the Central Texas triumvirate of limestone, water, and tough native plants.
Barton Springs Nursery has generously agreed to sponsor Garden Spark through the use of their new meeting space under a majestic live oak. Music, cafe chairs and benches, and an overflowing snack table made for an inviting set-up as everyone arrived. As the sun set, the soft glow of string lights and a sapphire sky added to the lovely ambience. On top of all that, the weather was cool and dry, as if October had arrived early!
The new owners of Barton Springs Nursery — Amy Hovis, Greg Thomas, and Willy Glenn — along with members of their staff (special thanks to Charlotte Boyle for helping me out), couldn’t have been more welcoming and generous. My thanks to them for providing a perfect new venue for Garden Spark!
Next up for Garden Spark, on October 28, is Portland, Oregon, author Loree Bohl of Danger Garden, who’ll be prodding us out of timid gestures and urging us to be fearless in our gardening. I can’t wait! If you’re interested in attending any Garden Spark talks (in-person, not webinars – sorry), I invite you to join my email list. Garden Spark subscribers receive early notification of ticket sales. Tickets must be purchased in advance to attend. So subscribe today! Simply click this link and ask to be added.
I can’t resist sharing a couple of things that caught my eye as I explored the nursery’s shop recently. Check out these spider lily bulbs piled on a dish, a couple of them blooming sans soil.
And — oh hey! — my books on a shelf of garden tools and other books! Thanks for supporting my work, BSN!
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