Redesigning dull pavers to bring out the beauty of our garden

There are many ways to enhance the look of a garden.  It usually starts with the garden design and landscaping before anything is planted.  I bet many of you haven’t thought about redesigning the pavers on the walking paths. The pavers direct the flow of the garden.   It’s that formal addition that brings a planned…

Garden postcards with harvest photos

Garden clubs can greatly benefit from a promo postcard like the one shown.  The photos are samples of the kind of fruit and vegetables that have  been harvested in the Mockingbird Garden.  Seeing is believing, and we hope that our friends will be encouraged to visit the garden and see what’s growing.  Don’t forget to…

Xeriscaping–The future home to a cactus, agave and succulent bed

Xeriscaping in the Mocking Bird Garden Xeriscaping greatly reduces the need for water or irrigation in landscaping.   In our case we had to completely rethink our plant selection to achieve this goal.  We are planning on adding cactus, agave and succulents to bed #47 above.  This will be our second cactus bed. Cactus and agave…

Yes, you can grow sweet potatoes

Who would have thought we could grow sweet potatoes in a community college urban garden?  Well, the deer thought it was a good idea also and eat all of the leaves.  Look what we found in the process of clearing the area.

The Walking Path Project

During the winter months the garden takes on a gloomy state–many trees lose their leaves, colors, and majestic appearance and some plants go into winter hibernation. The garden strives to be engaging and beautiful all season long while achieving our goals of being sustainable, nature friendly and welcoming to visitors. The Mockingbird Garden club is launching…

Papaya Trees

This article was published a few years ago (2016).  Sadly a hard freeze wiped out all of our papaya trees. At one time not a day went  by without someone asking “what are those trees over there?”  Austin isn’t exactly a tropical haven in zone 9.  Thanks to our relatively mild winter, these papayas were…

Flowers from our garden

  Flowers are a huge part of our garden–especially since our campus was designated a monarch butterfly way station. We love our zinnias, our wild flowers, sunflowers and all of of the lovely flowers that keeps our butterflies, bees and humming birds happy.


This beautiful plant grew from one of our raised beds.  We were not able to produce many more after this harvest.  This was was grilled with olive oil,  creole seasonings, garlic, and  lemon.  Served with a bed of rice.

Black Russian Heirloom Tomatoes

These are beautiful Black Krim Tomatoes from last year’s season.  We gave a few tomatoes  to our CAD Department Chair, Doug Smith.   He graciously snapped a shot of them from his kitchen.  This variety normally grows in colder climates.  As the heat intensified, this variety didn’t do so well.  Texas heat is something else.