Tour Description

Landscape Solutions Garden Tour
Saturday, November 4, 2017

Raised Beds

Examples of raised beds and vertical gardening.

The Rockwall County Master Gardeners are looking forward to hosting the Landscape Solutions Garden Tour on Saturday, November 4, 2017. Three private gardens and two community gardenwill be available for you from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. Master Gardeners will be available at each of the sites to help you with gardening questions and challenges. Plus, the Tour Committee is pleased that all the homeowners have done the gardening work themselves and will also be present to explain methods and to identify plants.

Fall is a favorite time for gardeners in North Central Texas and tour visitors will view favorite perennials in full bloom as well as cool season vegetable gardening. If you are looking for ways to add color and interest to your landscaping during the fall, this is the event for you. One garden is in the Caruth Lake area and the homeowner (also a Master Gardener) and his wife have made every square inch of their small backyard count. No grass to see – just mulched walkways and different examples of raised beds and methods of growing plants vertically.

A second garden is in an older neighborhood in the South Lakeshore area. The enthusiasm and energy of this garden lover will delight you as she and her husband share a talent for design using colorful plants, textures, and established garden rooms. The soil will be the envy of everyone.

Ideas for designing garden rooms.

The next private garden is located off Rabbit Ridge Road south of the city. A garden has been designed and built in the middle of land between family homes. This garden is an excellent example of the use of berms for raised beds that surround an open area used for family games and gatherings. Everything from yuccas to roses are planted on the berms.

Master Gardeners are pleased to include the Historical Museum at Harry Myers Park on the tour this year. A MG volunteer has worked with the Rockwall County Historical Foundation to design and plant a Heritage Garden that reflects the time period of the museum. Come by and learn about “pass-along” plants. If you have never visited the Historical Museum, please allow some time to go in and see examples of furnishings and memorabilia from Rockwall founding families. The RCMGA Tour of Gardens Quilt Raffle will be on display at this site.

The final location for tour visitors is the RCMGA Discovery Garden on Riding Club Road. Even though the Discovery Garden is open at other times, you will want to include this stop on the tour and see established perennials, trees and shrubs that are a true fall showcase. Children will love The Little Red Hen Garden that opened last spring. Other sections of the Discovery Garden include the fruit tree berm and examples of raised beds.

This is an “at your leisure” tour, but make sure you leave enough time to visit all 5 sites. All the gardens will have Master Gardeners on hand to direct you and answer questions.

Tickets go on sale October 1 – check the Ticket Sales section for details.

Using berms for above ground gardens.