Zilker Garden Festival 2009
It was a beautiful spring day and I spent it all in the garden! It was a cold and windy morning, but it warmed up quickly. I spent the morning at the Green Corn Project Dig-In, then headed to the Zilker Garden Festival. My crowd phobia has kept me from attending this event until this year. I was determined to make it, and it was definitely worthwhile.
We had a great time wandering around to different booths. Miller’s Tropicals of Dripping Springs had an amazing booth, full of orchids and hoyas and Tillandsia.
The different societies had lots of tempting items– bamboo, ferns, and begonias to name a few. We picked up a persimmon tomato plant from the Travis County Extension Service, and five Mexican oreganos from the Useful Wild Plants folks (at $2 each for good-looking 4″ pots).
The most fun was the flower show inside. Do not miss it if you are headed down there today! It kind of reminded me of Blow Dry or Best in Show— there is clearly a lot of attention to detail and obsessive personalities involved, and it’s playful and imaginative but also taken very seriously for the competition. The displays were all book-related, so there are several tables with cereal and flowers on them that are related to a book about a “cereal” killer, and a bunch of tiny arrangements for Alice in Wonderland, and some wild fruit on skewers for another book that I’ve forgotten. Did I mention there was a lady playing 1960s and 70s covers on an electric piano in the room?