The Natural Gardener in Southwest Austin is a real gem. I fell in love with the place the very first time I visited. It’s more than a nursery, really; it’s a destination.
“Today, The Natural Gardener is a world-class gardening destination known for its pioneering work in organic gardening and sustainable living. The old farmhouse and surrounding land is now a vibrant community resource that includes teaching gardens, free classes, display gardens, a retail plant nursery, a soil yard, a retail garden store, farm animals and acres of beautifully cultivated grounds and wildlife habitat.” Read more from the The Natural Gardener “About Us” page here.
The gardens are lovely and so inspiring. I’ve never had much of a green thumb, but this place makes me want to learn how, and I find myself out there at least once a month these days, buying plants and other goodies.
It’s also a pretty special place for kids to visit. My daughter loves to wander the grounds, looking for butterflies and checking out all the amazing plants.
She’s enthralled by all the little pathways.
I think I’m more impressed by the teepee than she is.
I want to live in there.
Did I mention that they have animals? The kiddos can check out goats, chickens, and donkeys while you’re there. My daughter LOVES the goats.
Upon seeing the donkeys, she demanded to know where the elephants were being held. Looks like a trip to the Austin Zoo is in our future.
Relaxing on the porch with a seriously yummy Hibiscus Mint popsicle from locally-made Mom and Pops.
The Natural Gardener
8648 Old Bee Cave Road
Austin, Texas 78735
-Jennifer Rustgi, Kid Culture Austin