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2018 Austin Fling

Austin Fling attendees at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Austin Fling Planners

Pam Penick of Digging

Laura Wills of Wills Family Acres

Blog Posts about Austin Fling


What will the Austin Garden Bloggers Fling next May 3-6, 2018, look like, and what will attendees see and do? Here's the plan:

Thursday, May 3 - Welcome Reception

We encourage everyone to arrive early enough on Thursday (or even better, on Wednesday) to attend our kickoff happy hour, to be held downtown within walking distance of the hotel around 6 pm. We'll have drinks and food, and we'll be giving an especially warm welcome to all the new Flingers joining us.

Friday, May 4 - Wildflower Center and Garden Tours in Southwest Austin

We'll start the morning at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, a groundbreaking botanical garden and research center featuring only plants that are native to Texas. An early bus will leave around 7:30 am for those who sign up for a photography workshop led by Austin-owned Precision Camera. This will be a great opportunity to hone your garden photography skills, plus enjoy extra time in the garden. (Be sure to sign up on the registration form if you'd like to attend, as spots may be limited.) Those who want to sleep in will join us in the garden at 9 am.

We'll take our group photo here, and then you'll tour the Wildflower Center either on a docent-led tour or on your own.

Next we'll visit designer Diana Kirby's garden. Diana, lead planner of the Austin Fling and blogger at Sharing Nature's Garden, has a large garden with a tropical flair, especially around her beautiful backyard cabana and pool.

Microb Brewery at The Natural Gardener nursery

Microb Brewery at The Natural Gardener nursery

For lunch we'll head to The Natural Gardener, a destination nursery with a farmyard vibe thanks to chicken coops and display gardens featuring edibles, herbs, and fruit trees. They have a terrific succulent and cactus selection too. Other fun display gardens include a butterfly-shaped pollinator garden, a tepee and labyrinth, and a garden shaped like Willie Nelson's famous guitar, Trigger. We'll eat lunch under their big tent and will have shopping time in the nursery and gift shop.

After lunch, we'll see the last two gardens of the day: a contemporary garden filled with grasses, agave, and yucca defined by architectural steel retaining walls, and the acclaimed English-meets-Southwest garden of Jenny Stocker, also known by her blog name Rock Rose.

Dinner this evening will be on your own.

Fowler Garden

Saturday, May 5 - Garden Tours in Midtown and North Austin

We'll head north this morning to visit three private gardens: designer Colleen Jamison's welcoming and creative cottage-style garden; the native garden with a contemporary edge that's home to Digging blogger and Fling planner Pam Penick; and designer B. Jane's personal garden, a contemporary oasis for indoor-outdoor living.

We'll have lunch in the art-filled garden of Donna and Mike Fowler in Hutto, just northeast of Austin, and then explore the fun garden that surrounds their 100-year-old home.

After lunch we'll tour Tanglewild Gardens, a Moroccan- and Thailand-influenced garden whose owners are also passionate daylily hybridizers.

Dinner this evening will be a banquet dinner at the hotel. Expect fun socializing, a special celebration of the Fling's 10th anniversary, and a raffle with giveaways from our generous sponsors, plus a presentation about the 2019 Fling!

Prehistoric Garden at Zilker Botanical Garden

Sunday, May 6 - Garden Tours in Central and West Austin

We'll tour three private gardens this morning: the beloved purple casita and Mexican-style cottage garden of author/designer Lucinda Hutson; the hilltop-with-a-view native garden of Ruthie Burrus; and the courtyard-style garden of Margie McClurg, designed by Jackson Broussard of Sprout.

Next we'll head to Zilker Botanical Garden, where we'll enjoy an indoor lunch in their garden center. After lunch, you'll tour the gardens on your own or via docent-led tours of two special gardens: the Isamu Taniguchi Japanese Garden and the Hartman Prehistoric Garden.

After lunch we'll visit two more private gardens: the canyon-side garden of landscape architect and native-plant lover Tait Moring; and the colorful hilltop garden of Kirk Walden, which features a killer view of Lake Austin and surrounding hills.

We'll wrap up the fun with an afternoon happy hour with food, drinks, and -- yes! -- live music at Articulture, a fabulously creative indoor-gardening boutique with a relaxed back-yard event space. This is Austin-style socializing, and here we'll say goodbye to friends old and new! Afterward, the buses will take everyone back to the hotel, and if you're still hungry, dinner will be on your own, or maybe you'll want to go hear some live music or enjoy a cocktail just down the street at the 1886 cattle-baron's showpiece Driskill Hotel Bar. Bloggers in Attendance Attending Bloggers: Listed by Location. Find out who's coming from your region. Blogger Directory: Who's Who at Austin Fling. See what other bloggers are into and up to. Photos will help you put names to faces when you're here. A look back at 10 years of the Fling! Click here to enjoy the 10th Anniversary Souvenir Booklet Austin Fling Sponsor Directory Click here for our Sponsor Directory, and our thanks to all our sponsors!

Everything You Need to Know for Austin Fling

In 32 days Austin Garden Bloggers Fling will kick off, and we'll be excitedly sharing the best gardens our city has to offer, along with multiple fun events, Texas cuisine, shopping, and more. If you signed up (registration closes on April 4), you'll be doing all this with fellow garden bloggers from all over North America and the U.K. As of this writing, we expect 93 bloggers from 28 U.S. states and 3 countries! To whet your appetite, we've been pumping out blog posts about Austin and the Fling since last summer. But how to find them again, weeks or months later? Never fear! We've hunted them all down so you don't have to. Read on for links to our earlier posts about everything from our itinerary to local restaurants to transportation from the airport. Itinerary for Austin Fling, May 3-6. Includes links to each garden and event. Attending Bloggers: Listed by Location. Find out who's coming from your region. Blogger Directory: Who's Who at Austin Fling. See what other bloggers are into and up to. Photos will help you put names to faces when you're here. Thursday Night Welcome Event details. Kick off the Fling and meet your fellow bloggers at this casual social with fajitas.

Sightseeing in Austin and Day Trips. Fun things to do if you've booked an extra day or two as a tourist. Also check out Why You'll Love Austin. Eat Like a Texan, Part 1. Foodie recommendations for those who want to eat like a local or get the lay of the restaurant scene. Eat Like a Texan, Part 2. Restaurants within walking distance of the hotel. Handy for breakfasts and Friday night, which is dinner-on-your-own. Fling Eats. What we'll be providing during the tour. General Info. When to arrive. Who's running this show. How to contact us. Transportation Info. How to get from the airport to the hotel, plus local transportation options. Official Fling Hotel: Courtyard Marriott Downtown. This is where most of us will be staying and also where we'll board our tour buses every day. Austin Fling Sponsors. These generous sponsors help us keep the registration cost low for 3-1/2 days of touring, food, socializing, and entertainment. Please thank them with your patronage, and tag them in your social media. Austin Nurseries. Want to get your plant-shopping fix while you're here? Visit these local nurseries for plants, gifts, or just to see what we're growing down here. Watch our Fling Preview video. Get a sneak peek at the gardens and our fair city. Add our button to your blog to share your excitement with your readers!


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