|The entry booth with its green roof.|
The wetland pond was looking as lush as I have ever seen with water lilies and lotus.
I had no idea that we had a native lotus, Nelumbo lutea. With its large umbrella leaves and pale yellow flowers it was clearly enjoying all our rain and humidity.
In the sheltered corner of the auditorium the Mexican olive, Cordia boissieri, was also in bloom. Guarded by the Agave lopthantha with its vicious, serrated teeth. This sheltered corner saved the tree from our recent very cold winter. This tree might not survive in a more exposed area.
I wish I had managed to identify this grass in the center courtyard. I have never seen it in flower before and it was spectacular with its rust colored tresses.
The seed heads of the Devil's shoestring, Nolina lindheimeriana, were also putting on a show.
It was my first opportunity to visit the Luci and Ian Family garden since its completion. The pathway starts behind the visitor gallery and runs alongside the library. I was wowed by how quickly the plants have grown filing in to give swaths of color. I turned around to capture the same planting with the gallery and tower int he background.
Mexican feather grasses soften the entrance way with its Texas style rusted steel archway.
As the pathway sweeps around it crosses the Ellen Clarke Temple play lawn. A large sweep of habiturf grass where children can run, play, fly a kite or just get close up with some of our native creatures of the prairie.
There is an open pavilion where groups of children can sit on steps under the shade during class presentations. Not a soul around this early in the day. In fact I have the whole garden to myself. One of my favorite features is the water play area with its meandering stream.
All is quiet at the water pump; watering cans waiting to be filled. Little gardeners will be watering the nearby plants.
There are plenty of places to sit but don't think of sitting on these holey Texas rocks..
The waterfall and grotto.
And these Spanish bayonet yuccas remind us that we are in Texas.
Petroglyphs on the walls of the grotto.
The stumpery with lots of opportunity for climbing.
Let's play hide and seek it the Peggy Pitman Mays family Nature Spiral.
Or in the giant birds' nests.
You can even work out under the old Texas windmill.
I left the garden via the pathway which leads to the butterfly garden and then to the theme gardens. Not a soul around.
A quick peak at the art of Linda Calvert Jacobson in the carriage house.
As I passed by the entrance to the Family Garden I spy the first little visitor of the day. I wonder if he knows how much fun is in store.