- 1.Austin Public Library and Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail
- 2.A Warm Welcome and a Literary Scoundrel: Pre-Fling Austin
- 3.On a Clear Day: The Hilltop Garden of Ruthie Burrus
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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