Sat. Night Only Jeannie & Steven
8615 Thunderbird Rd., Oak Hill 78736
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.
606 Amesbury Lane, Central Austin 78752
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
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
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
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
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.
5220 Serrano Trail, Hudson Bend 78734
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
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.