Wednesday, January 10, 2018

You'll go wild for Tanglewild

Prior to moving to Austin in 2011, Skottie and Jeff spent 22 years in Seattle, where they packed a collector’s garden into a 50x100-foot city lot. Seeking a warmer, less rainy climate, they bought a 1.7-acre property in north Austin, and their dream of starting a daylily hybridizing nursery -- they have more than 800 cultivars and 200+ seedlings -- grew into the larger goal of establishing a botanical garden: Tanglewild Gardens, one of the private gardens we'll be touring during the Austin Fling.
Scottie and Jeff are justifiably proud of their daylily collection. In 2017 they were accredited as an American Hemerocallis National Display Garden and as a Historic Display Garden (for daylilies). In addition to daylilies, Tanglewild has many varieties of palms, brugmansia, arisaema, and coleus, and it's a certified wildlife refuge. "The Tar Branch creek snakes through the back half of our property," Jeff says. "While seasonal, it has flowing water for much of the year and is home to many fish and three snapping turtles, including Crush (named after the turtle in Finding Nemo), who's over 2 feet long."

Daylily seedlings
Skottie designed the garden, which contains
two walled courtyards with Moroccan-accented screens. One contains a moon garden planted with white and pale-colored flowers to be enjoyed after dark. The other is their main entertaining space, a tropicalesque garden surrounding their swimming pool and a large, comfortably furnished porch.

The nursery and garden is their retirement plan from the tech world -- someday. In the meantime, it’s a place to recharge, relax, and share good times with friends and family.

We look forward to sharing it with you at the Austin Fling. There are still a few spots left on the tour, so sign up today!

Moon garden

Monday, January 8, 2018

Central Texas Gardener: Supporting Sponsor of Austin Fling

Anyone who gardens or is even thinking about gardening in and around Austin knows about Central Texas Gardener, a weekly television program produced by KLRU-TV, Austin PBS. Whether you watch it on TV or online, as I do, when you hear producer, writer, and narrator Linda Lehmusvirta's soothing voice and descriptive turns of phrase, you know you're in for the treat of a personally guided tour through beautiful yet real gardens located right here in the challenging region we call home.

For example, check out the CTG tour of Rock Rose blogger Jenny Stocker's garden; Jenny's garden will be one of the highlights of the Austin Fling tours.

Each episode also features an in-studio interview with a designer, plantsman or plantswoman, author, or community gardener, as well as tips by local experts. There's a wealth of gardening info and inspiration in each episode.

Linda Lehmusvirta, producer of CTG
If you come to Austin Fling, you'll meet the producer, Linda -- a local legend and Lone Star Emmy Award winner -- as she is a prolific blogger and Flinger as well. Check out her blog for CTG, which mixes personal stories and photos from her own garden with practical gardening advice and teasers for upcoming episodes. The show itself is a true perennial favorite, having been on the air since the late 1980s. In 2006, KLRU began distributing CTG to other PBS stations around the country, and today more than 20 stations in 8 states air the program.

As they say: "Central Texas Gardener knows that gardeners are as diverse as their soil, interests, and style. What they all share: creativity and lots of questions! CTG solves the problems, inspires innovative designs, illustrates resourceful techniques, and tells the personable stories behind groundbreaking adventures. From cultivation to crafts, anyone -- no matter where you live and garden -- can watch CTG online to get growing, right now!"

Austin Fling is proud to have the support of Central Texas Gardener, and we hope you'll tune in to watch and learn! You'll find CTG's past episodes on YouTube, and you can follow Linda on Facebook.