The first stop was at the Joslin garden.
They have a large flowerbed in front of the house that is planted with a variety of plants, including a few vegetables scattered here and there.
A table for morning coffee sits on flagstone near the house.
I thought the gate leading to the side yard and driveway was interesting. It looks kind of like a screen door. I did not get a closer look because I looked down and was temporarily distracted by a leaf or root imprint on a flagstone.
A vegetable garden and potting shed are next to the driveway. The potting shed backs up to the alley.
A disappearing water feature in the backyard.
Also in the backyard.
The narrow flagstone pathway leads to the other side yard. I always thought I had a small backyard, but I believe all of other gardens had smaller backyards than mine. I probably have the oldest house of the five on the tour, so that may be the reason.
This side of the house has a small covered bar with bar stools and a TV mounted to the outside wall of the house. All of this is sitting on a small deck. It is creative use of a small space. I wonder how much water runs off the roof and into the neighbor's yard when it rains?
This is the only one I took under the cover.
The next stop was down the street at the Pai garden. I ended up with just two pictures of this garden. The front garden featured lawn and a large flowerbed near the house. Just as my garden featured educational displays of four line plant bug damage, this garden featured an example of rose rosette disease. The garden club volunteers made a point of educating people about the disease and showing visitors how to recognize it on rose bushes.
This is the backyard of the Pai garden. As I recall, there was no grass back here. Several native plants were on display.
The next stop was the Stierlen garden. This garden is probably the newest of the gardens on the tour. It is planted primarily with native plants, although there is a raised vegetable garden near the house. I started my front garden with an edge of lawn like this garden. That did not last long. It was too much work edging and mowing that small space. I found it interesting that the homeowners placed plants on the outside of the edging around their garden. It is going to be hard keeping the lawn from creeping into that space.
Less lawn on this side of the garden. It will be interesting to see how this garden fills in over the next couple of years.
This was also interesting. There were several of these wire mesh enclosures around the garden. What are they for? Testing plant varieties on each side of the short center divider or tennis courts for the lizards?
The homeowners had several solitary bee houses around the garden. Here are a couple of examples.
I keep planning to add one to my garden and I still have not.
The last stop before returning to the crowds at my garden was at the Eck garden. The front yard was typical Plano and nobody was even out there. Visitors were directed to the back of the house where volunteers were set up in the driveway. Upon entering the backyard, a large koi pond was the first thing you saw.
This garden has an Asian feel with several Japanese maples. Pathways of various materials lead visitors around the garden.
One of the teen aged volunteers said everyone that came into the garden took pictures of the lemon trees. I had to do the same.
This weekend is the city organized Plano Water-Wise Landscape Tour. It is on Saturday, May 16 from 9-3. My garden is not on the Water-Wise Tour this year. This gives me a chance to see some of the gardens I missed last year and a couple of new ones. Click here for more info.