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Austin Public Library and Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail

Public Library, Austin, TX

The Kickoff Welcome Party for this year’s Garden Bloggers Fling in Austin, Texas, was at the new public library in downtown Austin. Although I’m a total nut for libraries, you really don’t have to be to appreciate this one. Among a long list of pluses is exciting artwork, a large and growing collection of zines, and varied types of reading spaces for all ages, including a rooftop garden with an impressive view of downtown and the hill country surrounding Austin.

The Austin Central Library was designed to reflect and support the local culture while providing flexible spaces to learn and congregate. I loved hearing that rainwater is collected and used in the bathrooms and to water the landscape plants. What’s not to like about native plant landscaping, award-winning architecture, half a million books in mobile stacks, and native plant landscaping? (It’s worth saying twice!)

After joining the rest of the pre-Fling garden bloggers for a taste of Texas (fajitas), I hit the Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail, accessible just a few steps away from the library entrance, and explored this beautiful natural area before returning to walk through the library atrium and up to the rooftop garden.

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butterfly bridge, austin public library
austin public library sign
austin public library patio
austin public library building
library creekside entrance
butterfly bridge austin public library
butterfly bridge from chavez street
lady bird lake hike and bike trail
lady bird lake hike and bike trail
shoal creek, austin landmark
oenothera evening primrose lady bird lake hike and bike trail
tillandsia in bald cypress tree
turtles on the rocks along hike and bike trail
end of the trail
lady bird lake hike and bike trail
austin public library hike and bike trail
native plants by library
austin public library plant terraces
texas rock rose
rock rose and bald cypress
bicycle sign
cuckoo clock art inside the library
garden bloggers at austin public library
inside the austin public library
yucca flowers
austin public library salvia and yucca
agarita at the austin public library
austin public library rooftop garden from inside
rooftop deck and garden
westward rooftop view
austin public library rooftop
east view top floor
sunset through the stacks, top floor austin public library

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  1. Glad you went down there and then shared your experience….I just went up to the roof.

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