|Rollingwood (Texas) City Hall, Zone 8b|
Joining in the discussion was Rollingwood Parks Commission member Robert Patterson, who was key to moving the garden from concept towards completion. Living less than a block away, Patterson is a direct beneficiary of the new and improved view provided as he walks his dogs daily and occasionally rides his recumbent bicycle past the park. He also walks the talk, having removed his own lawn a couple of years ago in favor of more xeric, naturalized plantings.
The community garden design, utilizing natives and well adapted neighbors, is meant to be both inspirational and instructive, providing by direct example what good can come AG (After Grass). Most of the plants are clearly labeled, giving you a glimpse of what grows well and as importantly, where, under some very typical central Texas conditions. The plants chosen, once established, require little supplemental watering. As the gardens are unfenced and our area is populated with freely roaming white tailed deer, the plants in play are also proving their browse resistance under combat conditions.
|Director of Photography Ed Fuentes relocates a camera as Producer/Editor Linda Lehmusvirta chats on site with Mark Morrow, in charge of Audio Ops for the segment.|
You know, I'm not sure how the CTG crew ever gets any work done when they are filming in a public place. I was not the only one to recognize them and casually enter what was actually their work space. It didn't matter - everybody was as courteous and congenial as if they were simply enjoying the day and not trying to get a segment filmed. After mis-identifying a small tree (just to assure everybody it was really me!) I realized I had originally been on my way to run an errand, so I excused myself and did just that.
Then of course, I scooted back home and grabbed my own camera. Wouldn't you? As I was attempting to surreptitiously snap a shot of CTG's queen bee at work, I could not help but notice a couple of other important garden ladies busily working the spaces.
|Harmonia axyridis - Asian lady beetle|
|Coccinella septempunctata - Seven spot lady bug|
But don't wait to see it on television! If you are ever in the neighborhood, do stop at Rollingwood's City Hall on Nixon Drive and take a leisurely live self-guided tour of the garden and grounds. I can't promise I'll recognize you, stop my car and say hello, but I can promise that possibility is not at all the best reason to visit.
Rght now, things are lookin' very good in the hood.
Rollingwood Waterwise Demonstration Garden
203 Nixon Drive