From BJ Jenkins. Pond Tour Director. May 13, 2015

The tour is just around the corner, and we’re excited about the ponds that are on the tour this year. Of course, I say that every year, but there really are some remarkable ponds and gardens that will be open just for us. Every one is an inspiration, and you’ll finish the weekend with a wish-list of new ideas to try in your own garden. All of the sites, except three, are handicapped accessible; this is noted in the program.

The tour this year includes nineteen sites with twelve that have never been on the tour, three from last year with new ponds and water features, and four past favorites. Five of the ponds have been featured on segments of KLRU’s Central Texas Gardener and are available for viewing on YouTube. We have nine that are Certified Wildlife Habitats, and several have rainwater harvesting systems. Many of the gardens have native Texas plants and utilize organic gardening methods. One site doesn’t have a pond at all but has three disappearing streams that are amazing. Owners will be available to answer your questions at each of the ponds.

The smallest pond on the tour is about 700 gallons and will no doubt inspire beginners to actually get started on a pond for their gardens. The largest pond is over 20,000 gallons and less than 2 months old. You won’t want to miss the Secret Garden at St. Louis King of France Church or the Alamo Pond that was just completed this spring. This is so much more than just a tour of ponds. The owners have worked for months to prepare for this weekend, and there will be so much to see. One site outside of Cedar Park has a Hill Country view that goes on forever, and a natural amphitheater in Lost Creek looks like it’s been there for 10,000 years. Don’t miss the garden in Liberty Hill with its pond, swimming hole and the fanciest goat house in all of Texas. Make a picnic lunch to enjoy on your excursion; it’s going to be a fun weekend!

Below is a map and location of the ponds along with pictures to whet your appetite for what you are about to see.

S-1
606 Amesbury Lane
Central Austin

S-2
1715 Norris Drive
Zilker

S-3
10800 Canfield Drive
Circle C

N-1
200 Hidden Bear Road
Liberty Hill

N-2
109 Marcos Drive
Georgetown

N-3
18009 North Rim Drive
Leander

S-4
1303 Kittansett Cove
Lost Creek

S-5
609 Furlong Drive
Barton Creek

S-6
8106 Chalk Knoll Drive
Barton Creek

S-7
5220 Serrano Trail
Hudson Bend

S-8
5511 Merrywing Circle
River Place

Night Showing.

8615 Thunderbird Road
Oak Hill

N-4
1219 Red Ranch Circle
Cedar Park

N-5
505 Cedar Park Drive
Cedar Park

N-6
14805 Cordero Drive
Anderson Mill

N-7
9609 Slate Creek Trail
Brushy Creek

N-8
7112 Black Rock Bend
Brushy Creek

N-9
425 Southern Cross Drive
TX 45 and I-35

N-10
7601 Burnet Road
Central Austin

“The above pictures are to just give you a taste of what beautiful ponds and gardens are on the tour. Enjoy them all, and maybe you’ll get some ideas to incorporate into your own garden. If you don’t yet have a pond, you may succumb to the urge to put one in. More information is in the program which you can pick up at the first site that you visit.
Don’t forget that for your convenience, you can purchase your ticket right here on line. Just click on this link and it will take you to the Shop where you can purchase and pay for the tickets with PayPal. The cost of the tickets is $20 for each person over 12 years old. 12 and under get in free. Print your receipt to take with you to the first pond you visit to get your wristbands. Enjoy.”

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