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Thoughts from an Austin Garden  -- May 2009


Last update -  May 28 - Announcing Where Wonder Was Born


Salvia guaranitica blooming in our garden.


May 10 - evening


My friend, Kyle Odom checking out a spectacular grotto featured in a garden designed by David Mahler and architect Paul Lamb that was on the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center Tour.


Happy Mother's Day - with a special shout out to my Mom. Thanks for hanging in there with me Mom!


A pleasant, albeit HOT weekend here in Austin. Not much to report except that I am extremely grateful to all of the folks that made AAIM's Hope Awards program this past weekend a huge success last week. My hat is off to the AAIM Board and our staff!


I went to several of the gardens that were featured on the Wildflower Center's Garden Tour yesterday - those designed by David Mahler and Jill Nokes. Both were exceptional -  very naturalistic, but never unruly. I was very impressed by both gardens and David Mahler's water features and stone work just blew me away (again.) Here are a few images from the tour...


Another look at the grotto which was the "source" of a stream that spilled down the hillside behind this beautiful house.



A smaller grotto and its spring-like pool.



A little closer.



Along the faux stream - doesn't look faux at all!






Winecup in a buffalo grass lawn.




Gorgeous native echinaceas with winecups and salvia.



Echinacea trio.




So graceful.




The entry of the house with the Jill Nokes  garden. Very handsome. Love the "hacienda creeper" Parthenocissus.



There were Opuntias a'plenty.



Mexican flame vine and silver ponyfoot. Very cool combo.



Just hanging out... meow.



Unmown buffalo turf - evoking the sea.



We also went to the LCRA's public garden by the Tom Miller Dam. Here is a view of Town Lake.



Dam (it.)


May 17 - evening


Another shot of the faux stream designed by David Mahler. Very impressive.


Here are a few more images from the Wildflower Center's "Gardens on Tour" event... and I couldn't resist sharing the tribe shot below!


Wild olive in bloom in the courtyard of the Jill Nokes designed garden.



Agave detail.



The tribe, starting at the bottom /center and moving back, then from left to right: Xoxo, Maya, Luna, Issa, Basho, Fez, and Rufous. They LOVE laundry day!


May 28 - morning



Drawing from the garden of memory...


Do you recall a moment from your childhood when the world opened itself to you? Where you felt alive with wonder and maybe even sensed that first spark of what you would later call spiritual awareness? For many people of my generation, those first  moments of genuine wonder often took place in hidden corners of our parent's or grandparent's gardens, or in the woods near our homes... some of us remember exploring the banks of streams that were teeming with tadpoles and dragonflies, or family trips to the ocean where the sound of the waves and the vast stretch of the sky put us in touch with something we knew was profound, even if we could not find the words to explain why. Often, those moments stay alive within us throughout our lives - we remember them and recognize in these treasured memories who we truly are - even as adults were all children of "mother nature."


Thanks to the pioneering work of Richard Louv, Author of Last Child in the Woods, we now also know about the tragedy that is unfolding around us as we witness the repercussions of depriving our own children of those same kinds of experiences that were so meaningful to us. In an effort to help people understand the depth of that loss, and to reawaken our own sense of reverence and wonder, I am embarking on a project called "Where Wonder Was Born" and I'd like to invite your participation. I am asking people to share their own stories of childhood encounters with nature in the form of 500 -1,500 word long stories that will be posted on the web and then included in a book to be released in the spring of 2011.


To learn how to submit your story visit Where Wonder Was Born


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