TOUR WILL RUN RAIN OR SHINE. TOUR WILL BE CANCELED IF LIGHTENING OR THUNDER.
The Coppell Community Garden will host the Texas SmartScape Tour on Saturday, September 29, 2012 from 9:00am to 12:00pm. Maps will be available from 8:30-10:30am at Helping Hands Garden located next to Town Center, 255 Parkway Blvd. This is a self-guided tour of Coppell landscapes and gardens featuring drought-tolerant native and adapted plants that require minimal irrigation. The tour will showcase five Coppell homes and the two Coppell Community Gardens. Volunteers and homeowners will be available on site to answer questions about gardening using SmartScape techniques. Come see what you should plant now for beautiful blooms next year from the homeowners of some of the most unique landscapes in Coppell. This free tour is easily biked and is a great reason to get out and enjoy the fall weather! Bike route map will be included.
The following are short descriptions of each unique garden on this year's tour:
-This English cottage style garden is filled with a numerous and diverse array of Texas native plants, antique roses, and buffalo grass. Potted plant-lined paths lead you through this enchanted garden. Even the parkway is a garden. Fun features include an herb garden, fountains, bottle trees, giant wind chimes, arbors, and lots of lizards!
- The garden can be best described as a Texas cottage garden. The landscape is completely turf-less and features SmartScape perennials that survive the worst of Texas heat. A temporary greenhouse protects tropical potted plants though the winter until the following spring. A small raised bed in the alley is used for both summer and winter vegetable gardening. A cactus garden in the front is a recent addition.
- The front yard welcomes you with a majestic Weeping Blue Atlas Cedar, mossy boulders, and riverstones. Two side flower beds add color with roses and drought tolerant perennials. A flagstone lined pathway through the backyard will entice you through the arbor into a lush semi-shady garden of colors. Continue through the walkway leading to a bird bath surrounded by a beautiful white pebble and decomposed granite lotus and into a vegetable garden.
- The inspiration behind the design of this garden was to create a haven to attract hummingbirds with a Zen-like ambiance. Over the years, the homeowner experimented with and changed out many plants, as well as added fountains, garden statues and other structures. "As my knowledge and love for gardening continues to grow, my garden reflects this growth and change. I find that working in the garden can be the best therapy, "states the homeowner.
- For most Texas gardeners, the challenge is hot Texas sun. However, this gardener is challenged by a yard shaded by beautiful trees. The gardens are intentionally carefree with many native plants to give a woodsy feel. The garden is nurtured by self-made compost hidden in a corner of the yard.
- For most Texas gardeners, the challenge is hot Texas sun. However, this gardener is challenged by a yard shaded by beautiful trees. The gardens are intentionally carefree with many native plants to give a woodsy feel. The garden is nurtured by self-made compost hidden in a corner of the yard.-Homeowner manages a heavily shaded side area by installing a beautifully arranged rock garden river bed. Organic worm wine applied by Clean Air Lawn Care is used to naturally fertilize the garden of Texas natives, as well as the turf lawn. Rick Bauer, of Clean Air Lawn Care, will be available on site to educate tour-goers on the benefits of organic fertilizer. Additionally, worm bins will be featured and an expert gardener will be available to show how easy it is to farm worms. Don't miss this opportunity to get your hands dirty!