Inside Austin Gardens Tour – Ken and Robin Howard Moore’s Garden

Ken and Robin Howard Moore’s Garden
3305 Big Bend Drive 78731

Informal Discussions All Day – How to Create a Perennial Border

View Ken and Robin’s Plant List here

From early childhood until the nursery closed, Robin Howard Moore worked in her family’s business, Howard’s Nursery on Koenig Lane. For years the nursery was a “go to” plant haven to many Austinites. Here Robin’s love of unusual plants and her quest for perennials that would adapt to our Austin’s soil was nurtured.

moore-path1In 1978, Robin and her husband Ken purchased this home. Robin started working to make their personal garden one which is charming and whimsical.

While the front yard has beautiful oak, cherry laurel and Smoke trees, they have worked to decrease the square footage of St. Augustine grass. This was achieved by creating berms where deer-resistance plants reside.

In the ever changing back garden, visitors are greeted by a riot of colorful, shade tolerant perennials. Here, curved paths improve access, while adding interest with plants and garden art. The compost area is screened by evergreen conifers to remind them of the Pacific Northwest, one of their favorite areas. The side garden is where Robin experiments with various plants.

Robin enjoys searching for shade tolerant perennials that will grow in our alkaline clay soil. She enjoys trying sun-loving plants in shady situations to see if she can persuade them to thrive. She also feels that some design rules can be broken.

This Certified Wildlife Habitat garden has been featured on Central Texas Gardener and in a web-based commercial for G.E