Ruthie & Gene Burrus

Austin, TX
Open Days

Our garden is all about pollinators, native plants, and taking advantage of views and natural surroundings. We live on top of a hill overlooking downtown Austin, the Texas Capitol Building, and the University of Texas Tower. We have a couple of microclimates on the two-acre property-hillsides and top of hill. Hillside is quite steep, cool in the morning, and blazing hot in the afternoon. The hillside is a wildflower meadow, showcasing native wildflower annuals and perennials in the spring, native Lantana in the summer, and native grasses in the fall and winter. The top of the hill features mostly native blooming plants and succulents, mixed in with some Texas-adapted favorites and a few roses. Our property is both a Certified Wildlife Habitat and a Monarch Way Station, so filled with sunflowers, salvias, lantanas, pavonia, Turk's-cap, and bee balm-lots of food for the pollinators. We also have a rainwater collection system, harvesting rain off our roofs and gutters, and ultimately stored in a 10,000-gallon galvanized tank. It is wonderful watering flowerbeds with rainwater instead of chemically treated city water.

Directions: At the request of the Garden Host, directions to this garden are provided at additional gardens open on this date, or by calling the Garden Conservancy office toll-free weekdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST, 1-888-842-2442.

Open Days 2019: November 2
Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission to this garden is $10 per person and children 12 and under are free.

Don't forget to buy discounted admission tickets in advance. They can be used at most Open Days to make garden visiting easier.
Nonmembers get 6 visits for the price of 5 with advanced ticket book purchase.  
Members get 50% off ONLY by purchasing ticket books in advance.

  • This is a new garden
  • This garden allows photography
  • This garden is handicap-accessible

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