Since I was already going to Texas for other things, I scheduled it in.
My interview was on designing gardens with natural processes and patterns. Especially water or it's lack. Related to the ecological position of central Texas, mixing
This subject could be summarized as dry garden moderation.
|Safely on the ground - at least it looks like it could rain there, though not a drop in 5 days.|
|No doubt one of the CTG staff sidelines as a guest parking assistant. Thanks to his guidance, not one dent!|
But still waiting to resolve a $300 dispute with Dollar Rent-a-Car; they not making a new key, as I found mine. I reserved my usual compact for tighter parking spaces, but the friendly agent talked me into thi$ car, as she recalled our conversation during a previous rental, how I was an LA into native plant$, etc. $he didn't even need to wink; savvy agents in Austin!
|There was knowledge to gain...|
|...and a new landscape to visit|
It was designed by the person's firm who was on the CTG segment before me. It uses water harvesting, where stormwater runoff percolates into the soil, and overflow drains into the steel grate. Plants that require or can take more water are at the low part of the grade (Bald Cypress / Taxodium distichum and Sideoats Grama / Bouteloua curtipendula), and lower water-use plants are higher up (gray Texas Sage / Leucophyllum spp., the red Flame Acanthus / Anisacanthus quadfiridus).
As opposed to sycamores and ashes on steep berms with cool season lawn, and vast, low areas in barren river rock...
Of course, a great day was finished off with excellent BBQ at Stubb's and a cold Shiner:-)
You can enjoy the entire episode - here. My segment hopefully makes sense - here. And the CTG blog post on that episode really grabs me - here.