Barton Springs Nursery

Thanks to Pam @ Digging for hosting “Support your Local Independent Nursery Month” during October.  Check her site for links to all the great posts about the plethora of wonderful locally-owned nurseries in Austin and surrounding areas.

Today the Texas Climate Control Center issued, what is for me, the nail in the coffin on my Life as a Gardener in Texas. I quote from the Austin American Statesman:

“The current drought that has been called the state’s worst one-year drought on record could be just the start of dry spell that could last until 2020, the Texas state climatologist said today…Record low rainfall means the period between October and August was Austin’s driest since records started being kept more than a century ago…Meteorologists predicted dry conditions to last from a La Niña system returning in 2012 and dry conditions lasting long-term beyond the next decade.”

I might be tempted to plant a few bulbs due to their inherent hardiness and amazing flowers.

I don’t have the persistence, fortitude, time and money that it will take to remain a “gardener” in Austin anymore with those dire predictions of drought. However, I still want my yard to look interesting and pretty.  Making use of my number-one-passion of interior design and architecture, I’m planning to slowly remove planting beds and replace them with decorative outdoor hardscape, garden art, and who knows what else.

Look at this bounty of goodness at Barton Springs Nursery.

I say “slowly” because I”m on a limited budget, and because good design is something I DO have patience for.  I enjoy the hunt for something unique, the recycling process of a great find at a garage sale, and the prowl for ideas at our local nurseries.  In that vein, my approach to “Support Your Local Nursery Month” is to showcase some of the outdoor decorative ideas they each provide.  There’s much more than plants at these wonderful nurseries!

My first stop was at Barton Springs Nursery, 3601 Bee Cave RD. Since I’ve lived and worked near this area for over a decade, I’ve made innumerable trips here. It’s one of my “go to” place for plants, decorative pieces, dirt, mulch, compost and just asking questions from the helpful and knowledgeable staff.  My friends who know me well have purchased Gift Certificates from here for my birthday presents. Needless to say, they were some of my favorite gifts!

Barton Springs Nursery, located on Bee Cave Road in Westlake, grows many of their own plants in greenhouses on the property. Committment to natives, customer education, and extremely helpful customer service makes them one of the best.

These large painted metal “plants” could really be cute as a focal point set along a pathway. Talk about drought, freeze and heat tolerant! This could help create that tropical feel that I enjoy.

These oversized pots would work well with the metal plant sculptures above to create a gorgeous vignette that needs no further care. If I wanted, I could put some succulents or grasses in the pots that need very little attention. Plants would soften the edges and help tie the vignette together, but since I’m wanting much less maintenance, I might consider something else. I’ll keep my eyes open for ideas.

This outdoor lantern may have just gone on my “must have” list! Look at that wonderful shape and color. Oh, I think these photo trips are going to be dangerous for my pocketbook as I intentionally investigate garden decor at each nursery.

These elegant Aqua (my color!) trellises would continue that great Shabby Chic/French theme that I enjoy. These are so decorative I could put one on the fence and it wouldn’t matter if it had a plant on it or not. Several together could be used to define an area or create a backdrop.  I’ll have to decide if I’m going Tropical or Shabby? Perhaps vignettes in different parts of the yard could have different attitudes.

These gorgeous outdoor rugs are already on my Must Have list, since I already purchased one from Barton Springs Nursery last year. It defines my outdoor seating area in the perfect way, and after The Hottest Summer in the History in the United States in all of Recorded Time Without a Drop of Rain, it still looks like new. (It was shaded under a gazebo, but left out in the weather completely.) I’m very happy with it and it’s one of my favorite purchases. They are very reasonably priced, too.

If you’re a UT fan or have a native garden filled with grasses, agaves and other southwestern style plants, these cuties would fit right in. I really love them as a herd.  I could imagine them by a pool, or creating a focal point across a lawn to define a corner.

Support your local independently owned nursery this month and all through the fall. This is the time for creating your beds, hardscaping, and amending soil.  Talk to them about ideas for tough plants, and new paradigms for your yard.



10 thoughts on “Barton Springs Nursery

  1. Hey Robin! I love all your pics of the “fun” stuff at BSN–of course their plants are awesome, but I often roam around just to take in all of the funky artwork and accessories there, too! BSN is truly a “home-base” nursery for me–I’ve been going there for years and it’s a real go-to place for plants, furnishings and finishing details. Thanks for your post!

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  3. Another good post on BSN. I like all their ‘stuff’, too.
    And, I’m beginning to think more hardscape and decorations are the way we’ll have to go.
    You don’t have to water rock, concrete and metal.
    Thanks for the tour.

  4. Good to read your feedback on the rugs, I was looking at them this weekend…and they were reasonably priced at BSN. And I’m totally with you regarding “enjoying the hunt”.

  5. Robin, I’m sad that the past year and climate predictions have soured you on gardening. It has been a trial, for sure. But you are so right that garden accessories can be used to fill in those bare spots and bring color and fun to one’s yard, so rock on! BSN offers a great selection of garden goodies. Thanks for joining the Support Your Independent Nursery blogathon!

    Pam- it wasn’t just the past year that did it, though it was the final straw. I began enlarging my beds and becoming a “gardener” at the beginning of our “3 out of 4” years of heat and drought. Austin was already too hot for me before that happened, and the third year was it! And with the upcoming predictions that this isn’t going to be changing anytime soon-well, I just can’t handle being outside tending to plants trying to survive. And since I prefer a southern lush look to the southwestern cactus style, I think I’m best served with hardscape and fun decor. Which I’m finding in abundance at our great nurseries! Robin

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  7. Thanks for all this incredible support! It’s been a rough year but we have faith in the adaptability and determination of Austin gardeners to get back out there and plant what works. I love the emphasis on hardscaping with art, pots, and decorative “stuff!”

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