Really Old Archives
Sprout Dispatch

The Trail Show Interview about the Florida Trail
Florida Hikes! Wild Women Interview
A Trail Life Appalachian Trail Hike Interview

Follow on Bloglovin

Read OW in your inbox!:

Delivered by FeedBurner

Contests & Other Items
Family & Friends
Local Adventures
Local Coffee
Nature In The City

+Selected Posts+

Thru-Hiking the Florida Trail How-To
Little Lake Creek Loop, SHNF
Our Work in Print
Thru-Hiker Deliciousness
The Greatest Mountain


  • May 2017
  • April 2017
  • March 2017
  • February 2017
  • January 2017
  • December 2016
  • November 2016
  • October 2016
  • September 2016
  • August 2016
  • July 2016
  • June 2016
  • May 2016
  • April 2016
  • March 2016
  • February 2016
  • January 2016
  • December 2015
  • November 2015
  • October 2015
  • September 2015
  • August 2015
  • July 2015
  • June 2015
  • May 2015
  • April 2015
  • March 2015
  • February 2015
  • January 2015
  • December 2014
  • November 2014
  • October 2014
  • September 2014
  • August 2014
  • July 2014
  • June 2014
  • May 2014
  • April 2014
  • March 2014
  • February 2014
  • January 2014
  • December 2013
  • November 2013
  • October 2013
  • September 2013
  • August 2013
  • July 2013
  • June 2013
  • May 2013
  • April 2013
  • March 2013
  • February 2013
  • January 2013
  • December 2012
  • November 2012
  • October 2012
  • September 2012
  • August 2012
  • July 2012
  • June 2012
  • May 2012
  • April 2012
  • March 2012
  • February 2012
  • January 2012
  • December 2011
  • November 2011
  • October 2011
  • September 2011
  • August 2011
  • July 2011
  • June 2011
  • May 2011
  • April 2011
  • March 2011
  • February 2011
  • January 2011
  • December 2010
  • November 2010
  • October 2010
  • September 2010
  • August 2010
  • July 2010
  • June 2010
  • May 2010
  • April 2010
  • March 2010
  • February 2010
  • January 2010
  • December 2009

  • Treat Oak, Austin

    Last Sunday I made a very quick trip over to Austin to spend the day with my friend Rosemarie. We were college friends, having met aboard the Texas Clipper II when we sailed the summer before our freshman year in college. She’s from a town just outside of Austin but now lives in California and had come to visit her family for two weeks. We met at the Treaty Oak, a tree I’d heard about but had not visited. I found it tucked between parking lots and a shopping center, so it was hard to imagine the many other oaks that used to surround this now lone oak.

    Casa De Luz, Austin
    After spending time walking around the city near the oak, we had lunch over at Chuy’s on Barton Springs Road. Then Rose said we had to walk over to a restaurant around the corner called Casa de Luz, which turned out to be this wonderful oasis along with a vegan restaurant. We walked around the restaurant to check out the food, which looked delicious, and perused their small bookstore—I could have bought several books!

    Casa De Luz, Austin
    I made a mental note to check the food out next time we’re in the area.

    Flipnotics, Austin
    We then dropped in at Flipnotics, a coffee shop with live music, for a few hours. I sipped some hibiscus tea while Rosemarie enjoyed a cider.

    Flipnotics, Austin
    And then listened to live bluegrass music for awhile outside until we started sweating too much. I mentioned to her that I’d always wanted to visit The Natural Gardener to which she replied she knew where it was as her mom loved to go there. Turns out the nursery is just off of US 290 in south Austin and we’ve been passing by it as we’ve driven out west to camp or hike many times over the year. Now that I know this I will be making a detour to the nursery when we come this direction.

    The Natural Gardener, Austin

    The Natural Gardener, Austin

    The Natural Gardener, Austin
    This nursery was awesome! Definitely going on my list of more interesting nurseries to visit. There was a bit of different diversity in plants than what I normally see, but I did see some old standards for Texas. What I liked most was their vegetables gardens in the back.

    The Natural Gardener, Austin

    The Natural Gardener, Austin

    The Natural Gardener, Austin

    The Natural Gardener, Austin
    Vegetables!! I was envious of how giant some of their zucchini was!

    The Natural Gardener, Austin

    The Natural Gardener, Austin

    The Natural Gardener, Austin

    The Natural Gardener, Austin

    Rosie! 🙂

    The Natural Gardener, Austin

    The Natural Gardener, Austin
    I really appreciated that there were animals at this nursery, too. I’ve not seen that before.

    The Natural Gardener, Austin

    The Natural Gardener, Austin

    Inside their store was a pretty diverse seed collection and something else I found completely intriguing, a disease and pest diagnosis area, complete with a microscope and staff to look at your problem plants and pests. Very interesting, something I would love to see more of.

    It was a wonderful day trip and I’m glad to of had a local, if now a former one, to show me a few new places.

    Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
    Facebook Twitter Email

    One Comment

    1. Leigh says:

      I LOVE THE NATURAL GARDENER!!! It’s my favorite nursery to date – I was a frequent visitor when I lived in Austin, and still make sure to stop by when we visit town every couple of years. It’s paradise compared to the garden centers we have up in OK, sadly. Also, my department did the maintenance on the Treaty Oak! I’m glad to see that it’s still doing well – such a beautiful, beautiful tree! I hope you made it by Republic Square at 4th and Colorado (?) to see the Auction Oaks too!

    Leave a Reply