2015 Pond Tour North – Pictures and Review

POND TOUR NORTH

N1 Alicia & Paul
200 Hidden Bear Rd., Liberty Hill  78642

Highlights: 2015 KLRU Central Texas Gardener featured pond, beautiful rock-work, greenhouse, creek, rainwater harvesting, goats, owner-built

This property is definitely worth a trip to the country. The pond is nestled under cedar trees, providing a shady place to enjoy the sights and sounds of nature on a hot summer day. Alicia loves to “rescue” interesting rocks and has used them in the pond landscape and to build hundreds of feet of rock walls. Kids love seeing the goats that have their own stylish house to shelter them from the elements. There is a relaxing conversation area and new swimming hole at the rear of the property. Water for use in the house and landscape comes from the rainwater harvesting system.

N2 John & Denise
109 Marcos Dr., Georgetown  78628

Highlights: First time on tour, three disappearing streams, two bubbling boulders, Certified Wildlife Habitat, owner-built

This three-acre site showcases disappearing streams. At the front of the home is a rustic barrel water feature and a stream that flows through peach-colored stone from the front of the home and disappears under a large urn. On the right in the side yard, there is another urn and a little bubbling brook. At the rear is a truly amazing stream with a waterfall and two limestone boulders that are also water features; this stream runs for about 50 feet before it disappears. The area is surrounded by flagstone walkways and is totally planted with natives. The owner has installed a copper ionization system that keeps the streams crystal clear.

N3 Betty & Gerald
18009 North Rim Dr., Leander  78641

Highlights: On Central Texas Gardener in 2011, first time on tour, three ponds, cascading stream, fabulous Hill Country view, built by

There is a gorgeous view of the canyon from this yard. (It would be of Lake Travis if the water level was higher). The top pond appears to be filled by overflow from the pool and cascades to the second pond, which drops down a steep stream to the lowest pond nestled in the rocky outcropping. Gorgeous yellow, purple and pink water lilies bloom in the top two ponds while goldfish swim happily in the lowest one. The patio around the pool provides a wonderful place to relax and unwind while enjoying the beautiful flowering plants. Down the path beyond the pool is a surprise – a hidden golf practice cage with a fabulous view!

N4 Sherry & Hugh
1219 Red Ranch Circle, Cedar Park  78613

Highlights: First time on tour, disappearing fountain, bog pool, owner-built

This yard is the perfect example of pond owners who started small and expanded. Sherry and Hugh began with a disappearing fountain in the middle of the back yard and decided they really wanted a pond. An overturned urn spills water into a stream that empties into the new 1,500-gallon pond that is home to lilies, goldfish and koi. The old disappearing fountain basin has been transformed into a bog garden, and a new disappearing fountain has been located closer to the house. This garden contains some great ideas for expanding a water feature without overdoing it.

N5 Gary & Lynne
505 Cedar Park Dr., Cedar Park  78613

Highlights: On Central Texas Gardener in 2012, four ponds, waterfall, lotus, art and sculpture pieces, owner-built

There are more than ten water features and ponds in this garden. At the back of the home, an oval stock tanks overflow with healthy, beautiful bog plants. At the rear of the yard is a 5,000-gallon pond that the owner built with limestone from the property. A large waterfall is almost hidden by lizard’s tail, iris and canna. The bog garden across the back of the pond blends seamlessly into the irises and other plants within the pond. Be sure to find the water hibiscus – the huge red blooms are spectacular! There is a small pond near the front door that utilizes a rain chain as a water feature. The dwarf goats in the rear yard are always looking to be petted!

N6 Laura & Travis
14805 Cordero Dr., Anderson Mill  78717

Highlights: On Central Texas Gardener in 2014, three ponds, cactus, succulents, parrots, owner-built

Walking into this yard is like entering a tropical garden with ponds, tropical plants, succulents and parrots in the aviary. The “tranquility” pond is dedicated to large fancy goldfish and water lilies. The second “pilfered rock” pond is the largest and displays many large koi. The new pond this year is called “tres laguna” and is home to smaller goldfish. Every inch of this back yard has something to see, so plan on taking it all in. Travis has managed to deter a hungry heron’s fishing habit by using monofilament line suspended over the large pond.

N7 Steve & Janet
9609 Slate Creek Trail, Brushy Creek 78717

Highlights: Last on tour in 2007, owner/pro-built in 2005

Since last on tour, Steve and Janet have transformed the back yard by replacing the pea gravel playscape with paver stone walkway and patio with a hot tub, adding lush landscaping, wood deck and lighting. The spray-in liner pond is maintained by a bottom drain, biological filter and skimmer with external pump. There are water lilies, bog plants, a waterfall and stream,. The fish in the spray-in liner pond were rescued or raised from eggs by the owner! (Don’t you want to know how he does that!?!) The largest fish is named Bob and will gladly eat food from your hand and give you fish kisses.

N8 Margaret  
7112 Black Rock Bend, Brushy Creek 78681

Highlights: Last on tour in 2012, built by Texas Ponds and Water Features

Large oaks surround a shady lawn with a 500-gallon pond forming a perfect backdrop for fern, annuals and native plants. Variegated ivy, fern and impatiens rim the pond. An upper waterfall drops into a six-foot stream and another waterfall gracefully flows into the pond. Margaret’s neighbors tell her they love hearing the soothing sounds of water that brings a sense of peace and relaxation. This beautifully landscaped pond and garden is the perfect size for a lot in the city.

N9 Michelle
425 Southern Cross Dr., TX 45 and I-35  78717

Highlights: First time on tour, bubbling boulder, built by Texas Ponds and Water Features

What a treasure Michelle and her family got when they moved into this house last November. The previous owner lived in the house only two months and hadn’t seen the finished pond before he sold it to Michelle. The sound of this pond is fabulous, emanating from the split waterfall and the water bubbling up through a huge boulder that was found on the property. Goldfish and water lilies populate the pond with lovely plants softening the perimeter. The yard backs to a greenbelt, making this an even more inviting and relaxing place to while away the hours.

N10  St. Louis King of France Church & Rollie (docent)
7601 Burnet Rd., Austin 78757

Highlights: First time on tour, owner-built three times!

This garden, adjacent to the church rectory and first built in 1994, is truly a secret garden. It functions as a meditative area and includes a large shaded deck; all hidden behind fence covered with lattice and Confederate Jasmine, which creeps across the flowerbeds and up 20 feet into the trees. Just imagine the fragrance when it’s all blooming! The pond is nestled in a corner and surrounded by fossil limestone. Koi and goldfish swim below the blooming water lilies. A small waterfall at the back corner adds music to the area and hides the sounds of the street. In the early morning and late afternoon, mourning doves add their soft cooling to these idyllic surroundings.

2015 Pond Tour South – Pictures and Review

POND TOUR SOUTH

S1  Nancy
606 Amesbury Lane, Central Austin  78752

Highlights: First time on tour, built by Moore Landscaping and Design

This perfectly manicured garden is a blend of classic perennials and Texas natives. The front yard lies in the deep shade of a large oak that is surrounded by flagstone and well-placed gardens. Part of the back yard is decomposed granite with boulders and interspersed plantings. The other part is a large grassy area encircling a 700-gallon pond and waterfall constructed with red sandstone. A large Peggy Martin rose, known as the Katrina Rose, sprawls across the back fence. All of the gardens are edged with limestone. There is a glass border which conceals rope lighting along the flagstone walks, and lighting is hidden in the walkway itself.

S2  Dorsey & Neil (Taylor, builder)
1715 Norris Dr., Zilker Park area  78704

Highlights: First time on tour, rainwater harvesting, Certified Wildlife Habitat, rainwater harvesting, built by Taylormade Waterscapes

This 1950’s ranch home nestles under huge oak trees, and each turn of a path brings a surprise. The all-organic site is a Certified Wildlife Habitat that utilizes rainwater harvesting. Notice the berms and swales that guide water to the rainwater tank. The expansive back garden contains multiple flagstone paths that weave down a hillside and through wildflower and native plants. The 1,200-gallon pond is sealed with DragonKote spray-in liner. Colorado water lilies are in bloom, and there’s a little koi family in residence. An impressive filter and UV system is nearby in the garden shed. Take time to sit on the porch and enjoy the view and the melody of the wind chimes and waterfall.

S3  Karen & Dave
10800 Canfield Dr., Circle C  78739

Highlights: First time on tour, Certified Wildlife Habitat, built by Native Waterscapes

A flagstone walkway through this beautifully landscaped yard goes to the rear garden, which contains a 1,500-gallon pond. At the back of the garden are two waterfalls that drop into a small limestone-encircled pond. The stream meanders through the yard, splits and then flows into a bog and another pond. The pond that is adjacent to the flagstone patio is filled with water lilies that have naturalized between the rocks. Yellow Louisiana irises fill one corner of the pond and help filter and clear the water. Behind the bog in the corner of the yard, a recently added swing is hidden away next to red honeysuckle and bamboo.

S4  Naomi & Bobby
1303 Kittansett Cove, Lost Creek  78746

Highlights: On the 2011 tour, Certified Wildlife Habitat, rainwater harvesting, owner-built

The stream that flows through this property starts at the top of the hill and seems to have been here forever; it’s all actually only eight years old. Seventeen truckloads of limestone boulders were brought in the first year in order to build the walls and terraces that provide planting areas for unusual shrubs and trees. Along the walkway at the top of the hill, there are citrus trees and a vegetable garden. Following the stream to its lowest level, there is a large double koi pond. There are hidden trails throughout the garden with unusual and rare plants; small surprises wait to be discovered. A full-sized storage building masquerades as a tugboat, appearing to have crashed on the hillside. This was the most popular stop on the 2015 tour.

S5  Dan & Paula (Matt, builder)
609 Furlong Dr., Barton Creek  78746

Highlights: First time on tour, largest pond on tour, massive boulders, two bio-falls, extra-large bog, built by Texas Ponds and Water Features

Colossal and awe-inspiring – both apt descriptives for this property. The entry to the pond area is through a bed of decomposed granite and native plants. A small stream and waterfall lead into a well-disguised bog, which flows into an amazing setting. A second stream joins the first, combines with recirculated water from the pond and results in a total waterfall flow of over 17,000 gallons per hour. Massive red sandstone boulders form the 15-foot-wide waterfall. The 20,000-gallon pond is about 6 feet deep, 30 feet long and is the largest pond on this year’s tour. The pond, built by Texas Ponds and Water Features was constructed in just eight weeks.

S6  Mark & Cheryl (Philip, builder)
8106 Chalk Knoll Dr., Barton Creek  78735

Highlights: First time on tour, built by Phillip Atteberry

A 12-foot-tall formal double-tiered fountain surrounded by a bed of annuals is the centerpiece of this estate’s front garden. To the left is a 6,000-gallon limestone-encircled informal pond, which utilizes an Aquascape skimmer and Aquascape Bio-Falls. The waterfall at the back of the pond drops for about two feet and then splits into two falls, which are also about two feet high. The pond is filled with an unusual variegated water lily, rushes and surrounded by native plants and is home to koi and goldfish. At the back of the waterfall area is a pétanque court, a French game similar to Italian bocce ball.

S7  Bruce
5220 Serrano Trail, Hudson Bend  78734

Highlights: On the 2014 tour, new koi pond, outstanding native landscaping, Certified Wildlife Habitat, rainwater harvesting, owner-built

Adjacent to the 2,000-gallon water lily pond, there’s a new koi pond with a more formal look that incorporates a large urn within the bog garden that provides filtration. Water flows over a stone wall and between square pavers forming four waterfalls. Stucco and rock walls enclose gardens filled with ice plant, bulbine and red yucca. A dry creek winds throughout. No less amazing is the garden at the front of the home, which covers almost an acre and is filled with blooming crape myrtle and colorful lantana contrasted with drifts of purple ground cover. So beautiful!

S8  Lyman & Marie
5511 Merrywing Circle, River Place  78730

Highlights: First time on tour, formal, Alamo facade built by Canteras Real Stone Works

Do you remember the Alamo? This pond was built to the specifications of the amateur historian and owner who collects Alamo memorabilia, and it features a beautiful formal pond with an 8-by-4-foot facade of the Alamo overlooking a square, raised pond that is about 10 by 10 feet. The pond is filled with water lilies and surrounded by tropical plants. The attached deck is enclosed with raised flagstone planters filled with Knockout roses and artemisia. Additional rock planters line the fences and are filled with colorful shrubs. The pink granite walkway is an unusual ground cover for the path that crosses to the grassy area at the rear of the garden.

2015 Saturday Night Pond Tour

SATURDAY NIGHT TOUR

Sat. Night Only  Jeannie & Steven
8615 Thunderbird Rd., Oak Hill  78736

Highlights: On the 2014 tour, two ponds, Certified Wildlife Habitat, owner-built

Big pond, big garden, big waterlilies – bigger than life! That’s how best to describe the pond that is the site of our Casino Royale party, Austin Pond Society style! This pond and garden hosted a first-time ever casino night. There was a blackjack table, music, food and lots of fun for all pond tour visitors! The blackjack table had a professional croupier with a $10 buy-in and when you lost … oh well, it was fun! For those who don’t gamble, the pond and gardens are beautiful, and new LED lighting has been recently installed by the owner, a master electrician and APS lighting guru.

The pictures were taken while it was still daylight and continued on until it got too dark to capture any more decent images. You can see the progression of fading daylight as you view the images.

APS 2015 SPLASH! Party

Enjoying the company

Enjoying the company

As in previous years, the Austin Pond Society held it’s Annual SPLASH! Party on Saturday, May 30, 2015 at the home of Jeannie Ferrier and Steven Monfrini. The SPLASH! Party is held the week before the pond tour and it’s purpose is to bring as many of the tour participants and volunteers together to pick up their signs and packages containing their instructions and money boxes. At the same time, many owners are introduced to the volunteers that will be working their ponds.

The volunteer system is an integral part of the pond tour as without the many people that give up their time to man the different ponds and relieve the owners of the responsibility of checking in the guests as they arrive to view each pond, the tour would not be as successful as it is. A big thanks goes out to all of the willing bodies that performed this service over this weekend. I chatted to as many as I could when I arrived at each pond and without exception, they all were enjoying themselves as they greeted the many people that viewed the tour.

This particular SPLASH! Party started at 9:00 am and the Austin Pond Society provided a hearty breakfast prepared by our very own Laura Creaser and her husband Stefan, of breakfast tacos with all of the fixin’s along with juice and fruit. The many people who attended enjoyed this free meal and the food disappeared very quickly.

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Mr and Mrs Blue Santa

For this years beneficiaries of the tour, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Austin Police Operation “Blue Santa” in Austin, Texas. Austin Police Operation Blue Santa is a non-profit outreach program run by the Austin Police Department, the Austin Fire Department, Austin Energy, Austin Water Utilities, and the Texas National Guard. Mr and Mrs Klaus showed up to remind everyone that they are all participating in a very good cause as they circulated among the many owners, guests and volunteers.

BJ Jenkins, the Pond Tour Director addressed the gathered assembly to go over last minute details and answer any questions and by 11:00 am, the guests were leaving to enjoy  the rest of the day.

Below is a slide show of the many visitors and Jeannie’s and Stevens beautiful property that we were able to enjoy.

APS SPLASH Party 2015 from Francis Allcorn on Vimeo.

2015 Directions and Descriptions for the South Ponds

Sat. Night Only  Jeannie & Steven
8615 Thunderbird Rd., Oak Hill  78736

Wheelchair Accessible

Directions: From the TX 71/US 290W split at Oak Hill, go west on US 290 W toward Dripping Springs. Pass Hwy 1826 and turn right onto Scenic Brook Dr. Take the first left onto Thunderbird Rd. The destination will be on the left.

Highlights: On the 2014 tour, two ponds, Certified Wildlife Habitat, owner-built

Big pond, big garden, big waterlilies – bigger than life! That’s how best to describe the pond that will be the site of our Casino Royale party, Austin Pond Society style! This pond and garden will host a first-time ever casino night. There will be a blackjack table, music, food and lots of fun for all pond tour visitors! The blackjack table will have a professional croupier, and there will be a $10 buy-in. If you lose … oh well, it was fun! For those who don’t gamble, the pond and gardens are beautiful, and new LED lighting has been recently installed by the owner, a master electrician and APS lighting guru.

S1  Nancy
606 Amesbury Lane, Central Austin  78752

Wheelchair Accessible

 Directions: From US 183 N and Lamar Blvd., go south for three blocks and turn left on Morrow. Drive two blocks to Guadalupe St. and turn right on Amesbury Lane. The house will be on the right.

From I-35: Take exit 239-240A and drive 1.6 miles to E. St. Johns Ave. In 0.7 miles turn right onto Guadalupe St. and left onto Amesbury. The house is on the right.

Highlights: First time on tour, built by Moore Landscaping and Design

This perfectly manicured garden is a blend of classic perennials and Texas natives. The front yard lies in the deep shade of a large oak that is surrounded by flagstone and well-placed gardens. Part of the back yard is decomposed granite with boulders and interspersed plantings. The other part is a large grassy area encircling a 700-gallon pond and waterfall constructed with red sandstone. A large Peggy Martin rose, known as the Katrina Rose, sprawls across the back fence. All of the gardens are edged with limestone. Notice the glass border, which conceals rope lighting on the center flagstone walk, and look for lighting hidden in the walkway itself.

S2  Dorsey & Neil (Taylor, builder)
1715 Norris Dr., Zilker Park area  78704

NOT Wheelchair Accessible

Directions: From S1, take Lamar Blvd. south, drive about 9 miles and turn right on Barton Springs Rd. Drive 1.2 miles to Robert E. Lee Rd. and turn left. Drive for 0.7  miles and turn right onto Rabb Rd. Take the first left onto Norris Dr. The house will be on the left.

From Anderson Lane: Go west and take Mopac south. Drive 8.5 miles to the Rollingwood exit, stay left and turn under the highway and go onto Barton Springs Rd. Go to Robert E. Lee and turn right. Follow the previous directions.

From I-35: Take Riverside Dr. west to Barton Springs Rd. Turn left and follow the first set of directions.

Highlights: First time on tour, rainwater harvesting, Certified Wildlife Habitat, rainwater harvesting, built by Taylormade Waterscapes

This 1950’s ranch home nestles under huge oak trees, and each turn of a path brings a surprise. The all-organic site is a Certified Wildlife Habitat that utilizes rainwater harvesting. Notice the berms and swales that guide water to the rainwater tank. The expansive back garden contains multiple flagstone paths that weave down a hillside and through wildflower and native plants. The 1,200-gallon pond is sealed with DragonKote spray-in liner. Colorado water lilies are in bloom, and there’s a little koi family in residence. An impressive filter and UV system is nearby in the garden shed. Take time to sit on the porch and enjoy the view and the melody of the wind chimes and waterfall.

S3  Karen & Dave
10800 Canfield Dr., Circle C  78739

Wheelchair Accessible

 Directions: From S2, take Barton Springs Rd. south to Mopac; drive 9.1 miles (past Slaughter Lane) and turn right onto Hwy 45. Drive for 1.2 miles and turn right onto Spruce Canyon. In 0.8 miles, turn left onto Brea Dr. In 213 feet, turn left onto Canfield. The destination is on your right.

Highlights: First time on tour, Certified Wildlife Habitat, built by Native Waterscapes

Follow the flagstone walkway through this beautifully landscaped yard to the rear garden, which contains a 1,500-gallon pond. At the back of the garden are two waterfalls that drop into a small limestone-encircled pond. The stream meanders through the yard, splits and then flows into a bog and another pond. The pond that is adjacent to the flagstone patio is filled with water lilies that have naturalized between the rocks. Yellow Louisiana irises fill one corner of the pond and help filter and clear the water. Follow the path behind the bog to the corner of the yard where a recently added swing and arch is secluded next to red honeysuckle and bamboo.

S4  Naomi & Bobby
1303 Kittansett Cove, Lost Creek  78746

Wheelchair Accessible

 Directions: From S3, take the exit toward TX Loop 360. Drive north for 2.9 miles; turn left onto Lost Creek Blvd. In 0.5 miles, turn left onto Arronimink Circle. Drive 400 feet and turn left onto Kittansett Cove; the destination is on your left.

Highlights: On the 2011 tour, Certified Wildlife Habitat, rainwater harvesting, owner-built

The stream that you see from this garden’s overlook starts at the top of the hill and seems to have been here forever; it’s all actually only eight years old. Seventeen truckloads of limestone boulders were brought in the first year in order to build the walls and terraces that provide planting areas for unusual shrubs and trees. Follow the walkway to the top of the hill, and you’ll find a citrus and vegetable garden. Walk along the stream to its lowest level, and you’ll come to a large double koi pond. Don’t rush through this property; you’ll want to explore every hidden trail. Be sure to climb to the top of the tugboat storage building and check out the view of Austin.

S5  Dan & Paula (Matt, builder)
609 Furlong Dr., Barton Creek  78746

Wheelchair Accessible

 Directions: From S4, go north for 2 miles on TX Loop 360. Turn left onto Bee Cave Rd. (Hwy 2244). In 1.1 miles, turn left onto Barton Creek Blvd. In 0.2 miles, turn right onto Furlong Dr. The destination will be on the left.

Highlights: First time on tour, largest pond on tour, massive boulders, two bio-falls, extra-large bog, built by Texas Ponds and Water Features

Colossal and awe-inspiring – both apt descriptives for this property. As you enter the back garden, you’ll pass through a bed of decomposed granite and native plants. A small stream and waterfall lead into a well-disguised bog, which will take you into an amazing setting. A second stream joins the first, combines with recirculated water from the pond and results in a total waterfall flow of over 17,000 gallons per hour. Massive red sandstone boulders form the 15-foot-wide waterfall. The 30,000-gallon pond is about 6 feet deep, 30 feet long and is the largest pond on this year’s tour. The pond, built by Texas Ponds and Water Features, is less than two months old and has to be seen to be believed.

S6  Mark & Cheryl (Philip, builder)
8106 Chalk Knoll Dr., Barton Creek  78735

Wheelchair Accessible

Directions: From S5, go west on Barton Creek Blvd. for 1.9 miles. Turn left onto Chalk Knoll Dr. and drive 0.5 miles. The destination is on the left.

From Hwy 620 or TX 71: Take Southwest Pkwy. to Barton Creek Blvd; continue to Chalk Knoll Dr.

Highlights: First time on tour, built by Phillip Atteberry

Go up the limestone steps from the street and follow the sidewalk to the front of this home, and you will be greeted by a 12-foot-tall formal double-tiered fountain surrounded by a bed of annuals. To the left is a 6,000-gallon limestone-encircled informal pond, which utilizes an Aquascape skimmer and Aquascape Bio-Falls. The waterfall at the back of the pond drops for about two feet and then splits into two falls, which are also about two feet high. The pond is filled with an unusual variegated water lily, rushes and surrounded by native plants and is home to koi and goldfish. Look to the back of the waterfall area and walk over to the pétanque court, a French game similar to Italian bocce ball.

S7  Bruce
5220 Serrano Trail, Hudson Bend  78734

Wheelchair Accessible

Directions: From S-6, go west on Barton Creek Blvd. and in 2.7 miles turn right onto Southwest Pkwy. Drive 2.4 miles to TX 71 and turn right. Drive to Hwy 620, keep right and drive 7.8 miles. Turn left onto Hudson Bend Rd. In 1.7 miles turn left onto Rocky Ridge Rd. Drive 0.8 miles and turn left onto Serrano Trail. The destination is on the right.

Highlights: On the 2014 tour, new koi pond, outstanding native landscaping, Certified Wildlife Habitat, rainwater harvesting, owner-built

This property was perfect when it was on the tour last year, so how could it be any better? It is! Adjacent to the 2,000-gallon water lily pond, there’s a new koi pond with a more formal look that incorporates a large urn within the bog garden that provides filtration. Water flows over a stone wall and between square pavers forming four waterfalls. New stucco and rock walls enclose gardens filled with ice plant, bulbine and red yucca. A dry creek winds throughout. No less amazing is the garden at the front of the home, which covers almost an acre and is filled with blooming crape myrtle and colorful lantana contrasted with drifts of purple ground cover. So beautiful!

S8  Lyman & Marie
5511 Merrywing Circle, River Place  78730

Wheelchair Accessible

 Directions: From S7, return to Hwy 620. Turn left and drive 5.2 miles and turn right onto Hwy 2222. In 0.8 miles, turn onto River Place Blvd. and drive 1 mile to Merrywing Circle. The house is on the corner.

Highlights: First time on tour, formal, Alamo facade built by Canteras Real Stone Works

Do you remember the Alamo? You’ll also remember this garden when you reflect on the tour. Why? Because this site has a beautiful formal pond with an 8-by-4-foot facade of the Alamo and overlooks a square, raised pond that is about 10 by 10 feet. The pond is filled with water lilies and surrounded by tropical plants. The attached deck is enclosed with raised flagstone planters filled with knockout roses and Artemisia. Additional rock planters line the fences and are filled with colorful shrubs. The pink granite walkway is an unusual ground cover for the path that takes you to the grassy area at the rear of the garden.

2015 Directions and Descriptions for the North Ponds

NORTH

N1 Alicia & Paul
200 Hidden Bear Rd., Liberty Hill  78642

Wheelchair accessible

Directions: From US 183 N, turn west on Hwy 29, drive 2.6 miles and turn right onto County Rd. 200. Drive to Blessing Ranch Rd. and turn right. At the “T” at the end of Blessing Ranch, turn right onto Hidden Bear Rd. The house is on your left.

Highlights: 2015 KLRU Central Texas Gardener featured pond, beautiful rock-work, greenhouse, creek, rainwater harvesting, goats, owner-built

This property is definitely worth a trip to the country. The pond is nestled under cedar trees, providing a shady place to enjoy the sights and sounds of nature on a hot summer day. Alicia loves to “rescue” interesting rocks and has used them in the pond landscape and to build hundreds of feet of rock walls. The kids will love seeing the goats that have their own stylish house to shelter them from the elements. Don’t miss the relaxing conversation area and new swimming hole at the rear of the property. Water for use in the house and landscape comes from the rainwater harvesting system. You don’t want to miss this one!

N2 John & Denise
109 Marcos Dr., Georgetown  78628

Wheelchair Accessible

Directions: From N1, return to Hwy 29 and drive 5.6 miles to Ronald Reagan Blvd. and turn right. Drive 3.7 miles and turn left onto FM 2243. Drive 2 miles to Escalera Pkwy. and turn left. Drive 0.5 miles, then turn left on VP Ranch Rd. Turn left onto Marcos Dr. The house is on the left.

Highlights: First time on tour, three disappearing streams, two bubbling boulders, Certified Wildlife Habitat, owner-built

This three-acre site showcases disappearing streams. At the front of the home is a rustic barrel water feature and a stream that flows through peach-colored stone from the front of the home and disappears under a large urn. On your right as you pass through the side yard, you’ll find another urn and a little bubbling brook. At the rear is a truly amazing stream with a waterfall and two limestone boulders that are also water features; this stream runs for about 50 feet before it disappears. The area is surrounded by flagstone walkways and is totally planted with natives. Be sure to ask about the copper ionization system that keeps the streams crystal clear.

N3 Betty & Gerald
18009 North Rim Dr., Leander  78641

NOT handicapped accessible

Directions: From N-2, take Ronald Reagan Blvd. south to Hwy 1431 and turn west. Go past 183A and 183 for about five miles and turn left on Trails End Rd. Turn right at the North Rim subdivision sign. Go 0.9 miles on North Rim Dr.; the home is on the left. (If you start a steep descent into Jonestown, you have missed the Trails End Rd. turnoff.)

From US 183 and Hwy 1431 (Whitestone Blvd.): Drive west for 3.5 miles to Trails End Rd.

Highlights: On Central Texas Gardener in 2011, first time on tour, three ponds, cascading stream, fabulous Hill Country view, built by

There is a gorgeous view of the canyon from this yard. (It would be of Lake Travis if the water level was higher). The top pond appears to be filled by overflow from the pool and cascades to the second pond, which drops down a steep stream to the lowest pond nestled in the rocky outcropping. Gorgeous yellow, purple and pink water lilies bloom in the top two ponds while goldfish swim happily in the lowest one. The patio around the pool provides a wonderful place to relax and unwind while enjoying the beautiful flowering plants. Follow the path beyond the pool to find the surprise – a hidden golf practice cage with a fabulous view!

N4 Sherry & Hugh
1219 Red Ranch Circle, Cedar Park  78613

Wheelchair accessible

Directions: From N3, return to Hwy 1431 and turn right. Drive 2.2 miles and turn right onto Lakeline Blvd. Drive 1.9 miles to Deer Horn Dr. and turn left. Take the first right onto Red Ranch Circle. The house is on the left.

From US 183: Turn west onto Hwy 1431 (Whitestone Blvd): Drive 1.2 miles, then turn left onto Lakeline Blvd. and follow the directions above.

Highlights: First time on tour, disappearing fountain, bog pool, owner-built

This yard is the perfect example of pond owners who started small and expanded.  Sherry and Hugh began with a disappearing fountain in the middle of the back yard and decided they really wanted a pond. An overturned urn spills water into a stream that empties into the new 1,500-gallon pond that is home to lilies, goldfish and koi. The old disappearing fountain basin has been transformed into a bog garden, and a new disappearing fountain has been located closer to the house. If you’re thinking about going bigger with your water feature without overdoing it, you can get some great ideas here.

N5 Gary & Lynne
505 Cedar Park Dr., Cedar Park  78613

Wheelchair accessible

Directions: From N4, return to Lakeline Blvd, turn right (north), drive 1.5 mile and turn right onto Cedar Park Dr. Drive 1 mile, and the house is on the left.

From US 183 and Hwy 1431: Go south and turn west onto Cedar Park Dr. (The Regions Bank is on the corner.) Drive 0.3 miles and turn left at Marquis Lane, then take the first right back onto Cedar Park Dr. In 0.2 miles, the house is on the right.

Highlights: On Central Texas Gardener in 2012, four ponds, waterfall, lotus, art and sculpture pieces, owner-built

Everywhere you look, there are water features and ponds. At the back of the home, an oval stock tanks overflow with healthy, beautiful bog plants. At the rear of the yard is a 5,000-gallon pond that the owner built with limestone from the property. A large waterfall is almost hidden by lizard’s tail, iris and canna. The bog garden across the back of the pond blends seamlessly into the irises and other plants within the pond. Be sure to find the water hibiscus – the huge red blooms are spectacular! Don’t miss the small pond near the front door and the interesting way Gary used a rain chain as a water feature. Don’t forget to pet the dwarf goats!

N6 Laura & Travis
14805 Cordero Dr., Anderson Mill  78717

NOT wheelchair accessible

Directions:  From N5, return to US 183 and go south to Avery Ranch Blvd. and turn east. Drive about 2.1 miles and turn right onto Parmer Lane. Drive 0.5 miles and turn left onto Cassandra. Drive 0.3 miles and turn right on Thatcher Dr. and then left onto Cordero. The house is around two bends on the left.

Highlights: On Central Texas Gardener in 2014, three ponds, cactus, succulents, parrots, owner-built

Walking into this yard is like entering a tropical garden with ponds, tropical plants, succulents and parrots in the aviary. The “tranquility” pond is dedicated to large fancy goldfish and water lilies. The second “pilfered rock” pond is the largest and displays many large koi. The new pond this year is called “tres laguna” and is home to smaller goldfish. Every inch of this back yard has something to see, so plan on taking it all in. Take a look at Travis’s way to deter the heron’s fishing habit with monofilament line suspended over the large pond.

N7 Steve & Janet
9609 Slate Creek Trail, Brushy Creek 78717

Wheelchair Accessible

Directions:  From N6, go back to Parmer Lane, turn right and drive to Avery Ranch Blvd. Go east (toward Round Rock) for 2.2 miles, then turn left on Morgan Hill Trail. Turn left on Slate Creek Trail. The house is on the right.

From US 183: Go to Avery Ranch Blvd. and follow the directions above.

Highlights: Last on tour in 2007, owner/pro-built in 2005

Since last on tour, Steve and Janet have transformed the back yard by replacing the pea gravel playscape with paver stone walkway and patio with a hot tub, adding lush landscaping, wood deck and lighting. The spray-in liner pond is maintained by a bottom drain, biological filter and skimmer with external pump. Sit for a while and enjoy the waterfall, stream, water lilies and bog plants. The fish in the spray-in liner pond were rescued or raised from eggs by the owner! (Don’t you want to know how he does that!?!) The largest fish is named Bob and will gladly eat food from your hand and give you fish kisses. The kiddos will love that!

N8 Margaret  
7112 Black Rock Bend, Brushy Creek 78681

Wheelchair accessible

Directions: From N7, go back to Morgan Hill Trail and turn right. Go to Avery Ranch Blvd./O’Conner Dr. and turn left. Go to Great Oaks Dr. and turn left. Drive 1 mile to Brightwater Blvd. and turn right. Drive to Sunburst Parkway and turn left, then turn left at Black Rock Bend. The house is on the left.

From US 183 or W. Parmer Lane and Avery Ranch Blvd.: Take Avery Ranch Rd. to Great Oaks Dr. and continue as above.

From 1-35: Take Exit 252 A/B to Hwy 620/McNeil Rd. and go west. Drive about 2 miles and turn right onto Wyoming Springs Dr. Go left onto Brightwater Blvd. and continue as above.

Highlights: Last on tour in 2012, built by Texas Ponds and Water Features

Large oaks surround a shady lawn with a 500-gallon pond forming a perfect backdrop for fern, annuals and native plants. Variegated ivy, fern and impatiens rim the pond. An upper waterfall drops into a six-foot stream and another waterfall gracefully flows into the pond. Margaret’s neighbors tell her they love hearing the soothing sounds of water that brings a sense of peace and relaxation. You’ll definitely want to stay a while – then maybe go home and build a pond of your own!

N9 Michelle
425 Southern Cross Dr., TX 45 and I-35  78717

Wheelchair accessible

Directions: From N8, return to Great Oaks Trail and turn left. Stay on Great Oaks Trail and turn right at Hwy 620. Drive 1.1 miles and turn left onto S. Great Oaks Dr. In 0.5 miles, turn right onto Nautical Dr. At the end of the road, turn left onto Southern Cross. The destination is on the left.

From US 183 or I-35: Go to Hwy 620 to S. Great Oaks, turn right and continue as above.

Highlights: First time on tour, bubbling boulder, built by Texas Ponds and Water Features

What a treasure Michelle and her family got when they moved into this house last November. The previous owner lived in the house only two months and hadn’t seen the finished pond before he sold it to Michelle. The sound of this pond is fabulous, emanating from the split waterfall and the water bubbling up through a huge boulder that was found on the property. Goldfish and water lilies populate the pond with lovely plants softening the perimeter. The yard backs to a greenbelt, making this an even more inviting and relaxing place to while away the hours.

N10  St. Louis King of France Church & Rollie (docent)
7601 Burnet Rd., Austin 78757

Wheelchair Accessible

 Directions: From N-9, go back to Nautical Dr. and turn right. Go to S. Great Oaks and turn right. Go to O’Conner and turn right. Pass under Hwy 45 and turn left on the frontage road. In 300 feet, merge left onto Mopac Expressway South and continue the following directions:

From Mopac Expressway: Take the US 183 S exit and keep right to Burnet Rd. Go one block south on Burnet and turn left onto St. Joseph Blvd. Take the first left and go straight across into the church parking lot. The garden is at the back left.

Highlights: First time on tour, owner-built three times!

This garden, adjacent to the church rectory and first built-in 1994, is truly a secret garden. It functions as a meditative area and includes a large shaded deck; all hidden behind fence covered with lattice and Confederate Jasmine, which creeps across the flowerbeds and up 20 feet into the trees. Just imagine the fragrance when it’s all blooming! The pond is nestled in a corner and surrounded by fossil limestone. Koi and goldfish swim below the blooming water lilies. A small waterfall at the back corner adds music to the area and hides the sounds of the street. In the early morning and late afternoon, mourning doves add their soft cooling to these idyllic surroundings.

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