Garden Seventeen, a new nursery in north-central Austin

July 31, 2020

It’s a happy day when a new nursery opens north of the river, especially if within a quick 10- or 15-minute drive from my house. So my head snapped up with interest when I heard about a new nursery opening — during a pandemic, no less — in the Brentwood-Crestview area just off North Lamar Blvd.

I popped over on a drizzly afternoon last weekend to check out Garden Seventeen, which sports a brightened-up industrial vibe thanks to the old manufacturing building that’s been converted into a garden shop. There’s a nice collection of houseplants in the airy main building, which is cooled by a Big Ass fan (beloved by Austinites).

Leafy murals add color around the room. You may be wondering, as I did, what “Seventeen” references. A salesperson I spoke with told me jokingly that Garden Seventeen was the 17th name they’d come up with. More seriously he added, “Seventeen is a special number for Rodney.”

Owner Rodney Stoutenger is also the founder and lead designer of Native Edge Landscape, a full-service design business that he started in 2008. Check out Native Edge’s blog, by the way, where you’ll find monthly posts

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25 Stylish Fall Mantel Decor Ideas

Lincoln Barbour

Come fall, you might be inclined to decorate with layers of texture, transition your home’s color palette from energetic hues to earth tones, and even carve out a cozy nook that’s perfect for lounging. Autumn presents an opportunity to make the most of more time spent indoors, which means finding ways to make your home more cozy and welcoming. Believe it or not, this doesn’t mean you have to blow your budget. One of the best places to start? Your living room mantel.

Fall mantel decorating is all about being creative, whether you choose to bring in the outdoors by incorporating foliage or stick to classic accessories like vibrant pumpkins and candles. Browse some of our favorite fall mantel decor ideas that showcase the beauty of the season.

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Colorful Halloween Mantel

Put vibrant pumpkins in pink and orange on full display, and finish the look with a playful black pennant banner.

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Artichoke Decor

Footed artichoke decor can bring a playful touch to your fall mantel display. Choose a white design to brighten your space.

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Rustic Wood Decor

Keep it simple with wooden decorative pieces that

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Best Stock Tank Swimming Pools

There’s nothing like jumping into a pool to cool off on a hot summer day. While home swimming pools come in a range of designs and sizes (some can even cost more than $20,000), there’s one particular type that’s currently trending on Pinterest—stock tank pools.

The stock tank pool, which is shaped like a tub and typically made of galvanized metal or plastic, draws inspiration from the country lifestyle. They’re fairly compact and affordable, with most designs retailing for under $500. Just keep in mind that you’ll likely need a pool net to keep bugs at bay and a pump to make filling it up a breeze. Plus, you’ll have to be mindful of rust if you choose a tin design. Luckily, you can easily purchase rust-proof products to protect the pool.

If you’re ready to give a stock tank pool a try, see some of our favorites on Pinterest right now. Any one of these trendy pools would be perfect for enjoying the remaining days of summer.

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Read This: Spirit of Place

July 30, 2020

The Garden Conservancy preserves significant American gardens and shares all manner of interesting gardens with the public via its beloved Open Days program, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year despite the Covid-cancellation of all tours. I’m a big fan of their work, particularly because their outreach goes beyond the catered-to garden corridors of the coasts and into Texas and other states. So when I heard that the Conservancy’s former director of preservation, Bill Noble, had written a book about his own garden in Norwich, Vermont, I was intrigued.

Photograph from Spirit of Place courtesy of Timber Press

I picked up Noble’s book Spirit of Place: The Making of a New England Garden (Timber Press, 2020) this summer, the Coronavirus Summer during which we Americans are largely housebound and investing financially and spiritually in our own gardens as refuges from disease, depressing news cycles, and boredom. Noble, a self-taught gardener, garden designer, and preserver of historic landscapes, introduces his book as a “story of the pleasures and challenges, both aesthetic and practical, of creating a garden that feels genuinely rooted to its place.”

Photograph from Spirit of Place courtesy of Timber Press

It’s a serious

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