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2015 Annual Garden Tour Info

2015 Sponsors



Affordable Florals
Ann Jochens
ATS Irrigation, Inc.
Brazos County Farm Bureau
Brazos Natural Foods
Brazos Valley Recycling
Brazos Valley Tree Farm
Charla Anthony
Chef Tai Lee
Circle D Nursery
Decker Worm Sales
Earth Art
Frazier’s Ornamental & Architectural Concrete
Godfrey Residential Group
Home Depot
Ike’s Small Engines LLC
Lockett Landscape
Madden’s Casual Gourmet
Martha’s Bloomers
Massina Hof
Mike Cronan & Kate Kelly
Monterey Muchrooms
Nita’s Flowers
Old Bryan Marketplace
Oppie’s Top Soil – Sand & Gravel
Producer’s Cooperative
Sandra Lovering
The Antique Rose Emporium
The Arbor Gate
The Arkitex Studio
The Farm Patch
Tricia Barksdale Designs

 3rd Annual Brazos County Master Gardeners’
Garden Tour
“Beyond the Garden Gate…”
October 24, 2015
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.


The Brazos County Master Gardeners’ Association will host the 3rd Annual Garden Tour, “Beyond the Garden Gate”, on Saturday, October 24 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Advanced tickets may be purchased between September 1 – October 22, at Brazos Natural Foods, 4303 S. Texas at Rosemary, Bryan, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office located at 2619 Hwy. 21 W, Bryan or online by clicking the link in the Left column.

This year’s garden line-up will offer four diverse private gardens and the Demonstration Idea Garden (The DIG).

The Demonstration Idea Garden (DIG)
DIG_photo“The DIG”, the garden created and maintained by local Master Gardeners, is located at 2619 Hwy. 21 West, Bryan and will offer a fun-filled and educational addition to this year’s tour.  There will be a Children’s Pollinator Hunt with prizes from 9 a.m.-11:45 a.m.  Then from 12 noon – 1 p.m. Chef Tai of Veritas Wine & Bistro will hold a demonstration of garden cooking.  From 1:30 -2:30 there will be a demonstration by a local beekeeper and door prizes will be drawn at 3:00p.m.

Wildlife Habitat and Garden
wild_gardenThis 5.5 acre property, located at 10100 White’s Creek Rd. in College Station, is certified as a Wildlife Habitat, a Texas Wildscape and Best of Texas Backyard Habitat and as a Butterfly Garden.  The homeowner has augmented the natural setting with native Texas plant species selected to entice and sustain local and transient wildlife with food, water and shelter. The owner is a die-hard composter and loves to teach others the art and science of composting.

Garden of Easing
garden_of_easing_c2 The Garden of Easing, located at 11737 Durrand St. in College Station, provides an inviting setting for relaxation, contemplation, and entertainment. The owners designed a long-term functional structure for the garden that protects the large post oaks, elms and other trees, shrubs and vines that are on the property. The lawn was reduced to a minimum to lower irrigation requirements while providing a drainage swale that directs water from front to back. Seasonal splashes of color are provided by annuals in the ground and in decorative containers. To avoid mud trails and increase the backyard entertainment area, a circular concrete paver patio is extended with connecting flowing cobble.  As the name indicates, this gardener was looking for function, aesthetics and ease of gardening.

The Rescue Garden of Hidden Dimensions
rescue_garden_dThe Rescue Garden of Hidden Dimensions, located at 3927 Hawk Owl Cove in College Station, demonstrates the infinite dimensions possible in a small garden created from discounted plants lovingly resuscitated by the gardener. Hundreds of plants grow in a riotous beauty that brings joy to the beholder. Plants can be seen at many vertical levels and raised beds are framed by white stones. Water features and soft night lighting are embedded into garden environments. With careful nurturing in winter, the gardener has successfully grown an abundance of subtropical and potted tropical plants, rewarding visitors with a splash of leaf and flower colors and textures through most of the year.

Sanctuary Rose Garden
rose_garden_eTaking inspiration from Europe and Savannah, the homeowner of this garden, located at 4605 Oakmont Circle in College Station, has designed a tranquil, rose-filled, walled sanctuary, using classical elements of symmetry, structure, and stone.  Roses, emblematic in Catholicism, predominate, but under, above and through the canes is a rich diversity of plants, including fruit trees and hard-to-grow specimens of camellia and hydrangea.  A six-foot statue of Our Lady of Mount Carmel surmounts the Italianate fountain at center stage.  Bricked and gravel paths lead past the statue to roses and clematis climbing the fences.  A compact vegetable garden is tucked in next to the rain capture system that waters the yard by means of drip irrigation.

Ticket Information
Advanced tickets may be purchased between September 1 –October 22, on-line at Online Garden Tour Tickets, at Brazos Natural Foods, 4303 S. Texas at Rosemary, Bryan or at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office located at 2619 Hwy. 21 W, Bryan. They may also be purchased on-site at any of the five gardens on tour day.   Tickets are $15 for adult admittance to all gardens. Tickets for “The DIG” only are $5 and there is no charge for children under 12 years of age with ticketed adult.  Tickets purchased at the Extension Office or those purchased on-site at any garden on October 24th must be paid by cash or check only.

Door Prize Ticket Drawings:
A door prize drawing ticket will be issued with each $5.00 or $15.00 ticket purchased.  Drawing tickets will be collected at each garden site and entered into a drawing for prizes contributed by our tour sponsors.  The drawing will be at the DIG (Demonstration Idea Garden) at 3 pm, October 24.  You do not need to be present to win.

For further information or details:

Phone: Brazos County Extension Office:   979-823-0129

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