Naomi-Bobby 1303 Kittansett Cove, Lost Creek
The stream that you see from this garden’s overlook starts at the top of the hill and seems to have been here forever; it’s all actually about ten years old. Seventeen truckloads of limestone boulders were brought in during the first year in order to build the walls and terraces that provide planting areas for unusual shrubs and trees. Follow the walkway to the top of the hill, and you’ll find a citrus and vegetable garden. Walk along the stream to its lowest level, and you’ll come to a large double koi pond. Don’t rush through this property; you’ll want to explore every hidden trail. Be sure to climb to the top of the tugboat storage building and check out the view of Austin.
Mark-Debie 3705 Corum Cove, Westkake Hills
This breathtaking garden has been featured on KLRU and is one of the most popular in the Austin area. Move beyond the patio and swimming pool, and you’ll find the origin of the artesian spring that feeds the two meandering streams that drop into the 40,000-gallon pond. Surrounded by slabs of limestone excavated from the property, the pond contains an abundance of lilies and marginals. Go past the gazebo at the rear of the pond and wander through the maze that the owner constructed for his wife after she donated a kidney to him. The maze spells out the word “Love” and includes sculptures and plaques related to health and kidney research. Then stroll down the pathways and enjoy the large variety of both native and tropical plants. Continue to the rear of the garden and explore the pirate ship and princess house. Ah, to be six again!
Marc 1103 Ridgecrest Drive, Westlake
There’s a lot to see on this five-acre property, including a koi pond, a pouring-vase water feature, a floating granite sphere water feature and three recirculating water-plant ponds. A 90,000 gallon “swimming hole” is at the bottom of the valley which runs through the middle of the property. There are stone steps and gravel pathways so be sure to wear comfortable shoes in order to see everything. If this is too much climbing for you, there will be a golf cart to take you to a vantage point. The swimming hole and grotto with its cylindrical waterfall have taken years to complete, and an iridescent glass-tile-covered dragon is planned for the future. An amazing project!
This site will also be open for two hours on Sunday evening providing a completely different experience. Blue and pale white lighting dominate the night: brilliant blue globes float in the trees and blue “flames” illuminate pathways. CFL’s and LED’s provide special lighting on the many outdoor sculptures and brighten the night while being energy efficient.