Since returning from our Summer vacation, we’ve been thinking more about our garden, and making some plans to overhaul our present garden space. Paige is now working with us regularly, identifying native plants and doing some general gardening genius work!
This week we all visited a couple of places for inspiration and education … both for our future visions for the garden, and for our land overall.
As part of our inspiration and learning tour, Paige suggested we visit The Whole Life Center. This is an holistic and eco-conscious focused school in south Austin. In their words, “a place where people come to grow.” They have partnered with One World Permaculture, to develop their land into a permaculture education and experimentation center.
It was great for Bill and I to get a hands on feel for permaculture* in practice. We saw some berms and swales, which are created that help optimize water retention on the land, as well as replenish soil richness and enhance biodiversity.
We loved their herb spiral, and had a good rummage about, discovering all kinds of fun and wonderful native tree and plants species!
And check out this outdoor shower onsite! This could be a hit with our wellness retreat guests!
“Whole Life Learning is about living fulfilled, empowered lives, and working together to make our planet a more beautiful, sustainable home for us all.” We love it! They are speaking our language!
Our next stop … The Industrial Country Market. This is an off-the-grid market store in Austin. The Industrial Country Market is run on solar power, they collect and treat rainwater onsite, and they have beautiful and sustainable gardens onsite too. Again, it was awesome to see all these sustainable and eco-friendly practices in operation, giving Bill and I a clearer understanding and “feel” for what our green venue and event center is going to be like!
Look at these crazy gorgeous Passion vines in their gardens!
Check out this off-the-grid compost toilet!
We’ll sign off this week with some happy flowers from The Cedars. We’ve been getting so much rain lately, all these beautiful rain crocuses have been popping up to say hi!
Until next week,
Bill & Marilyn.
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* “Permaculture is a system of agricultural design principles centered around simulating or directly utilizing the patterns and features observed in natural ecosystems” (Wikipedia)