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A Garden Full of Secrets: A South Texas Folk Garden

An Austin landscape designer creates an enchanting tribute to the south Texas folk garden tradition.



Petey Nokes invites visitors to enter the garden through the archway.
Photo By Paul Bardagjy
A sugar bowl, a concrete angel, a terra-cotta shell from a cracked flower pot, and an angular piece of karst limestone adorn this section of wall.
Photo By Paul Bardagjy
An arbor vitae stands sentinel beside the pathway into the garden, surrounded by Confederate rose, hibiscus and an anacacho orchid tree. The terra-cotta mermaid watches the garden from her vantage atop the archway.
Photo By Paul Bardagjy
With a pomegranate tree in the background and native larkspur and Queen Anne's lace in front, the wall turns into the yard and reduces from leaning height to sitting height.
Photo By Paul Bardagjy
The garden circle, fifteen feet in diameter, provides a space for both solidarity meditation and social gathering.
Photo By Paul Bardagjy
Native larkspur and an antique rose frame a corner of the wall. The grill is from India.
Photo By Paul Bardagjy





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