Hill Country Gardens
Gardening in the Texas Hill Country
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The Web is chock full of interesting and educational information. We're not trying to reinvent the wheel so here are some of our favorite websites. Happy surfing!

Just For Fun 
enature   Local field guides, contests, habitats,,,fun for kids & adults 
Screech Owl Cam- Austin   Watch Hoot & Annie raise a new brood, live!

Gorgeous Gardens of Texas
Soul of the Garden   Beautiful photos and inspiring text. Spend the next rainy day touring the garden of Tom Spencer, host of "Central Texas Gardener" on KLRU television.

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center   The pride of Central Texas. This is where the national wildflower movement started. Huge image gallery and database, propagation datasheets, library. A wealth of information. 

Wonderful Area Blogs & Websites
There are many really great resources in our community; these are some that stress the gardeners relationship to wildlife
Little Bend- especially relevant to the Hill Country, beautiful photographs
Yantis Lakeside Gardens-  an excellent site from the Kingsland area
Lifescapes- author Susan Wittig Albert's life in the Hill Country
Digging-  tour designer Pam Penick's own garden and spots around Austin
Rock Rose- as featured in Southern Living, April 2012
Great Stems  
Window on a Texas Wildscape 
The Shovel-Ready Garden
The Grackle  

Research & Databases
City of Austin Green Grow Plant Guide   A comprehensive list of the very best plants for the Central Texas area, wonderful photos.

Native Plant Society of Texas   These folks know their natives. Lots of helpful information.

Central Texas Butterfly Gardening    What to feed a Red Admiral.

Wild about Texas Wildflowers    Great database, list of sightings, map & screensavers.

Get All the Dirt! (and plants & seed)
From the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center a list of businesses which carry native plants.

Native American Seed   Great variety of seeds and plants, excellent information and very knowledgeable, helpful people. 

The Southern Bulb Company   Yes!!! Finally bulbs which grow in Texas. Leave it to A&M guys to figure out how to collect heirloom bulbs that don't need the refrigerator.

Ace Hardware, Lago Vista  A very nice selection of native plants and good prices.

Recommended reading
A "must have" reference for every Texas gardener, Native Texas Plants by Sally & Andy Wasowski

"Southern Herb Gardening" Do not try herb gardening in Texas before you get this book by Hill & Barclay.

Want to attract a yardful of songbirds, the croaking of frogs, a bevy of butterflies? "Texas Wildscapes Gardening for Wildlife" by Damude & Bender will show you how.

Wildscaping yourself   Texas Parks & Wildlife Wildscape program

NWF Backyard Wildlife Habitats What we're all about 

Places to Go, People to See
Karen Kilfeather Photos  Nature photography, note cards and special assignments 

Balcones Canyonlands NWR  Find out more about our neighborhood wildlife refuge.

Peaceful Springs Nature Preserve    A wildlife photographers heaven, offering tours, workshops and retreats.