Informal Discussions All Day – Keeping Austin Weird
East Austin conjures up a gardening history rich with early Swedish immigrants settling and creating “Govalle”. A Swedish phrase meaning “good grazing”. Because of the rich plain of blackland soil, the area was primarily used for growing cotton.
Following those cultures, many East Austin gardens draw inspiration from this cornucopia of past gardeners and Austin Neal is proud to be one. His eastside garden is inspired by the quirkiness of Austin. With a nod to the past, his passion for growing herbs is always prevalent.
There are numerous recycled materials in this organic mostly native garden. The senses and the elements collide to create a place respectful of nature, the neighborhood, and the earth. The garden is surrounded by a patchwork fence of raw steel and recycled picket fences custom designed by the owner. Bi-fold windows throughout the garden are trellised with hacienda creeper and passionvine. The windows open for access to the views of the greenbelt or close for party privacy.
Three ponds (a fish trough, stepping pond, and circular pond) are integrated into the deck and boardwalk while visitors savor the view into the 89 acre Boggy Creek Greenbelt. Enjoy the CapMetro Red Line whispering by for the daily commute.
Granite, limestone, Texas black, river rock and raw steel create borders of interests with numerous native trees including pecan, Texas persimmon, Texas redbud, Mexican sycamore, Mexican buckeye, Anacacho orchid tree, Texas ash, and Texas sabal palm. The herb garden is kept fresh and vibrant with olla slowly seeping into the root zone; growing perennial and annual herbs along with vegetables and tasty edibles.
Come and savor the essence of true early Austin!
Interested in using recycled materials in your own garden? Check out our Trash to Treasure page for ideas to get you started.