Lone Star State 2008
Garden Tours -- The Schroeder Garden and the Murphy Garden
We drove seventeen more miles south of San Marcos to New Braunfels, one of the original German settlements in Texas. After lunch at Ryan’s Grill, we continued six miles east to The Lee and Sandy Schroeder Garden at the Schroeders' Springen Horse Farm on Link Road. A special feature in this garden is a whimsical folly or garden house built in the style of Owl’s house in the Winnie the Pooh books. Horses and goldfish swimming in the horses’ water troughs added to the uniqueness of this garden.
The Ed and Janet Murphy Garden, the most distant garden, is located near the old town of La Grange in Fayette County, about 65 miles east of Austin. The garden itself is beautifully laid out, consisting of many raised beds bordered by large white limestone blocks, and a small lake provides a perfect background for the garden. In its center stands a large gazebo built of cedar timbers with a tin roof.
Click on the pictures to see larger images. Photos by Ken Fuchs and Jim Landers, 2008.