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Lunch and plant shopping at one-of-a-kind Natural Gardener nursery

Ever had a working lunch? Well, here’s a twist. At Austin Garden Bloggers Fling, we’ll have a shopping lunch — an opportunity for plant and garden gift shopping!

Eight acres of display gardens with a rustic, welcoming Texas atmosphere await you at The Natural Gardener, a one-of-a-kind, locally owned nursery that’s been showing Austin how to garden organically and offering a great selection of Texas-tough plants, edibles and fruit trees, fun garden ornaments, and more since 1993. The nursery, which regularly receives accolades, is owned by John Dromgoole, a local legend and evangelist for organic gardening who appears on Central Texas Gardener and hosts the radio show “Gardening Naturally.” It’s a must-see stop for anyone visiting Austin, and a regular destination for those of us who live here.

Or maybe you’d prefer to wander through the display gardens, where you’ll find a sunny labyrinth, colorful butterfly garden, tepee, chickens and goats, and inviting swing benches hanging from trees. Be sure to check out the Microb Brewery, where the staff brews up compost tea for fertilizing plants.

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