Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Austin Fling 2018 itinerary, a preview

What will the Austin Garden Bloggers Fling next May 3-6, 2018, look like, and what will attendees see and do? Although registration won't open until November and details are still being worked out, we can share our working itinerary with you now! Here's the current plan:

Thursday, May 3 - Welcome Reception
We encourage everyone to arrive early enough on Thursday (or even better, on Wednesday) to attend our kickoff happy hour, to be held downtown within walking distance of the hotel around 7 pm. We'll have drinks and food, and we'll be giving an especially warm welcome to all the new Flingers joining us.

Friday, May 4 - Wildflower Center and Garden Tours in Southwest Austin
We'll start the morning at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, a groundbreaking botanical garden and research center featuring only plants that are native to Texas. An early bus will leave around 7:30 am for those who sign up for a photography workshop led by Austin-owned Precision Camera. This will be a great opportunity to hone your garden photography skills, plus enjoy extra time in the garden. (Be sure to sign up on the registration form if you'd like to attend, as spots may be limited.) Those who want to sleep in will join us in the garden at 9 am. 

We'll take our group photo here, and then you'll tour the Wildflower Center either on a docent-led tour or on your own. 

Next we'll visit designer Diana Kirby's garden. Diana, lead planner of the Austin Fling and blogger at Sharing Nature's Garden, has a large garden with a tropical flair, especially around her beautiful backyard cabana and pool.

Microb Brewery at The Natural Gardener nursery
For lunch we'll head to The Natural Gardener, a destination nursery with a farmyard vibe thanks to chicken coops and display gardens featuring edibles, herbs, and fruit trees. They have a terrific succulent and cactus selection too. Other fun display gardens include a butterfly-shaped pollinator garden, a tepee and labyrinth, and a garden shaped like Willie Nelson's famous guitar, Trigger. We'll eat lunch under their big tent and will have shopping time in the nursery and gift shop. 

After lunch, we'll see the last two gardens of the day: a contemporary garden filled with grasses, agave, and yucca defined by architectural steel retaining walls, and the acclaimed English-meets-Southwest garden of Jenny Stocker, also known by her blog name Rock Rose

Dinner this evening will be on your own.

Fowler Garden
Saturday, May 5 - Garden Tours in Midtown and North Austin
We'll head north this morning to visit three private gardens: designer Colleen Jamison's welcoming and creative cottage-style garden; the native garden with a contemporary edge that's home to Digging blogger and Fling planner Pam Penick; and designer B. Jane's personal garden, a contemporary oasis for indoor-outdoor living.

We'll have lunch in the art-filled garden of Donna and Mike Fowler in Hutto, just northeast of Austin, and then explore the fun garden that surrounds their 100-year-old home. 

After lunch we'll tour Tanglewild Gardens, a Moroccan- and Thailand-influenced garden whose owners are also passionate daylily hybridizers

Dinner this evening will be a banquet dinner at the hotel. Expect fun socializing, a special celebration of the Fling's 10th anniversary, and a raffle with giveaways from our generous sponsors, plus a presentation about the 2019 Fling!

Prehistoric Garden at Zilker Botanical Garden
Sunday, May 6 - Garden Tours in Central and West Austin
We'll tour three private gardens this morning: the beloved purple casita and Mexican-style cottage garden of author/designer Lucinda Hutson; the hilltop-with-a-view native garden of Ruthie Burrus; and the courtyard-style garden of Margie McClurg, designed by Jackson Broussard of Sprout.

Next we'll head to Zilker Botanical Garden, where we'll enjoy an indoor lunch in their garden center. After lunch, you'll tour the gardens on your own or via docent-led tours of two special gardens: the Isamu Taniguchi Japanese Garden and the Hartman Prehistoric Garden

After lunch we'll visit two more private gardens: the canyon-side garden of landscape architect and native-plant lover Tait Moring; and the colorful hilltop garden of Kirk Walden, which features a killer view of Lake Austin and surrounding hills. 

We'll wrap up the fun with an afternoon happy hour with food, drinks, and -- yes! -- live music at Articulture, a fabulously creative indoor-gardening boutique with a relaxed back-yard event space. This is Austin-style socializing, and here we'll say goodbye to friends old and new!

Afterward, the buses will take everyone back to the hotel, and if you're still hungry, dinner will be on your own, or maybe you'll want to go hear some live music or enjoy a cocktail just down the street at the 1886 cattle-baron's showpiece Driskill Hotel Bar.


22 comments:

  1. You've got me super excited! Can't wait to see all these gardens and friends!

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  2. This sounds outstanding, Pam! What a treat Flingers will have for the tenth anniversary. I hope to be one of them!!

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  3. Sounds wonderful...I am looking forward to my second Fling in Austin.

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  4. Fantastic itinerary, congratulations to the Austin team 😊

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  5. Pam, this sounds absolutely amazing! Hope I can come :)

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  6. Looks wonderful! Looking forward to it!

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  7. What a great itinerary! I am hoping to come for my first fling.

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  8. Am ready now! Really looking forward to it.

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  9. Somehow, I've missed the hotel info. It's mentioned several times in the preview, but not which hotel. Help?

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    1. We'll announce the hotel later, Jill, closer to registration (which opens in November). For now we're sharing overviews of the event and hoping that everyone is getting excited to come!

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    2. Also, once bloggers register they'll be given a group-rate code to get a room at the special Fling rate.

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    3. Thanks Pam, I AM excited and am having a difficult time with patience today. I cannot wait!

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  10. Wow, it sounds like it is going to be a great time!

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  11. And THIS is what I'll be dreaming about during my northern winter! :) Sounds terrific. Can't wait!

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  12. Oh my. Sounds perfect. Can I send a check now?

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  13. It looks like there is going to be a lot of busy bloggers. This is definetly the closest you've been for me to travel to. Would love to go to my old "stomping" grounds. Alas I don't meet the criteria, so I'll pick another year. Congrats you all!

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  14. Looks like so much fun. After the Jamison's, will the buses pause at your previous garden to pay homage to the place that started it all?

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    1. The Fling is way bigger than one person and always has been. We are very happy to bring it back to the city where it started though, and to share it with more bloggers. :)

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