Dive In: Austin Pond Society Tour 2021

Ready to dive into garden tours again? Start off with a splash on June 5 and 6 on the 26th Annual Austin Pond Society tour. This year features 13 pond gardens showcasing different styles and sizes in Austin, Lakeway, Cedar Park, Georgetown, and Round Rock.
circle koi with text and bubbles Austin Pond Society Afishonados June 2021 pond tour
Actually, I headed to the first one in 1995 when ponds, fountains, and streams were quite new concepts for home gardeners. I was awestruck. So were many others and the Austin Pond Society rocketed as an essential hands-on teaching resource and enthusiastic support group. Soon after, CTG was on the spot to document pond gardens over the years, where we’ve seen so many beautiful pond gardens and met such fun, creative people like Barbara and David Hale.
pond and outdoor living Barbara and David Hale Austin Pond Society Central Texas Gardener
Very quickly, the tour wasn’t just about ponds—it was about gardening WITH ponds and expressing personal style. And every pond gardener that CTG’s met gleefully said, “You wouldn’t believe how much wildlife we have now!”
koi pond natural design and filtration Jeannie Ferrier and Steven Monfrini Central Texas Gardener
Jeannie Ferrier & Steven Monfrini
gorgeous small pond and waterfalls natural look Ferrier and Monfrini garden Central Texas Gardener
Shari & John Bauer
Austin Pond Society tour Bauer vehicle waterfall Central Texas Gardener
Alicia Froelich and Paul Ortner
Ed Fuentes at Alicia Froelich and Paul Ortner Liberty Hill pond
Laura and Travis McGarraugh
backyard pond design replace playscape central texas gardener
The Austin Pond Society’s energetic members volunteer to stock new ponds with fish, like at Dell Children’s Hospital a few years back.
pond and waterfall at Dell Children's Hospital Central Texas Gardener
They’ve been longtime caretakers of Mayfield Park’s historic ponds.
Pond plants restored Mayfield Park Central Texas Gardener
This year features 13 pond gardens where, as always, you can meet the owners, so bring your questions! Some had professional assistance, but all gardeners are actively involved. Read their stories and register.
• June 5 (South Gardens); June 6 (North Gardens)
• $20 to early registrants until May 31; online only
• $25 on day of tour at any garden; card payments only (no cash)

Here’s a quick look. All pictures courtesy of Austin Pond Society members unless otherwise noted.
South Gardens (Saturday, June 5)

Mike: Lakeway
Mike's Pond and Garden Duckhorn Pass pond Austin Pond Society
Dan and Paula: Austin 360
Dan_Paula_Mckay pond Austin Pond Society tour
Charlton: Manchaca/Ben White
Charlton_Morgan _ pond Austin Pond Society
Debby: Barton Hills
Debby pond Austin Pond Society
Darcy: Central Austin
Darcy pond Austin Pond Society
Mark and Debie: Austin 360
(We featured this one a few times on CTG—here’s our archived visit from 2009.)
Mark and Debi Akin romantic ponds under oak trees Austin Pond Society
Tad & Michelle: Steiner Ranch
ad Michelle_pond Austin Pond Society

North Gardens (Sunday, June 6)

John: Georgetown
John_Gustainis pond Austin Pond Society
Mark and Arlene: Georgetown
Marc and Arlene_Levin pond Austin Pond Society
Veterans Memorial Plaza: Sun City
Veterans pond_Sun City Austin Pond Society
Chris and Jennifer: Round Rock
Jennifer_Chris_Cantu pond Austin Pond Society
Mark and Cindy: Round Rock
Mark and Cindy_Vickers pond Austin Pond Society
Robert and Deborah: Cedar Park
(We featured this garden in 2019.)
romantic stone lined pond Robert Jennings gardener in Cedar Park backyard Hill Country Water Garden design Central Texas Gardener
Read all about the ponds and buy tickets online.

Thanks for stopping by! See you next week, Linda