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5 May 2012

Welcome to the Smith's home and garden in Austin

 Celebrating Cinco De Mayo


The society met up in Austin this month at the home and garden of Randy and Cathy Smith. The Smith's live in a wonderful hill country setting and their property has some drastic elevation changes in the backyard. Randy took advantage of this scenario and terraced the backyard into mini-garden beds led to via wonderful wondering paths. This allowed him the opportunity to utilize every aspect of his property as well as mask the neighbors downhill of the property.


Members arrived to find refreshing cocktails, beer and sodas being served under the canopy of live oaks that adorn the upper yard. The upper yard was also decorated to the festivities of Cinco De Mayo (May 5th) which was being celebrated locally. Shortly after 12-noon lunch was served, featuring two kinds of fajita's with all the fixings to go along with them. And the dessert table seemed to be endless with all kinds of goodies!

After lunch we had a quick society meeting and covered up coming meetings and society news. We then adjourned indoors to see a slide presentation on yuccas, cacti and complementary plants by Jeff Pavlet. Afterwards members socialized and continued to enjoy the gardens and hospitality. All in all it was a fabulous society meeting up in the hills north of Austin. We thank the Smith's for their hospitality and Jeff for his presentation.

 brahea armata by the drive way

 butia also by the drive way

 golden cane bamboo

 socializing under the oaks

 gate leading to the terraced area

 sabal mexicana palm

 terraced area

 arid plantings

 John Dillard giving covering meeting notes

 shade plantings

 neighbors that helped serve food and drinks

 trachycarpus planted out front

 we'll see you all next month - adios!

Our next meeting will be in Austin on 16 Jun, 2012. Look forward to seeing you at one of the up coming meetings.

Meeting summary, photos and web page by John Volk.

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