Master Gardener’s Tour celebrates Central Texas
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 by Grayson Edds
Some of the most beautiful gardens of Central Texas were on display during the MAster Gardener Association's 2012 Fall Garden Tour.
The event was a drive-it-yourself tour with stops at six locations through Killeen, Harker Heights, Temple and Belton.
Belton resident Sue Morgan opened the gates to her serene backyard garden and pool area, offering tasty sandwiches for lunch to those who just happened to be there at the right time.
Her garden features planters filled with tropical and succulent plants along with a wide variety of grasses, annuals and perennials to enhace the natural beauty and her panoramic view of the Central Texas hills.
The butterflies were out to play in and the wind chimes spun in the breeze.
Morgan was more than happy to discuss all of her gorgeous plants with anyone interested in walking through the manicured paths of her garden.
Ursula Nanna's garden in Harker Heights is one of the gardens in the area that hosts nothing but native plants.
Her garden is also water-conservative by its use of five rainwater tanks and collection barrels that help her water and maintain her beautiful property without running up her water bill and using excess water.
Her garden was also part of the Earth Kind Landscape Demonstration by the AgriLife Extension Office.
The Association has recently decided to alternate their garden tours between fall and spring.
The next garden tour will be in the spring of 2013.
Master Gardeners also helped to build and maintain the Killeen Municipal Garden, started in 2008 to offer positive community service and educational opportunities for the young people of Killeen.