Earth-Kind® Landscaping Practices in Action
The Earth-Kind® Demonstration Gardens are a free public access garden in front of the Travis County AgriLife Extension Service offices and at the Pfluger Pedestrian bridge in Austin, Texas. Each demonstration garden has adopted the Earth-Kind® approach by using native and adapted plants and water-efficient design and maintenance. Check our calendar for dates of free public educational gardening demonstrations.
Both Earth-Kind® demonstration gardens have plants for different needs, including drought tolerance, color, full sun, and shade. There are ornamental trees, flowering shrubs, perennial flowers, Earth-Kind® roses, vines, and groundcovers. The gardens are home to many species of beneficial insects.
The Earth-Kind® approach stipulates that chemical products are a last, not first, resort. The best practice is to use well-adapted, disease resistant plants and cultural practices. One example of a cultural practice is to install plants that attract beneficial insects throughout the garden to reduce the need for chemical pesticide sprays. This type of approach is called Integrated Pest Management. Regular applications of mulch and compost provide plant nutrients.
New Plants Added for Testing
The gardens constantly evolve with new plants or planting beds added for testing. Check out what’s new in the gardens here. Better yet, we encourage you to visit both Earth-Kind® Demonstration Gardens multiple times to see the changing features through the seasons. If you visit the AgriLife office during regular business hours, M-F 8 am-5 pm, and a Master Gardener is available, they would be happy to answer questions about the garden.
Guided Garden Tour Available for Groups
Travis County Master Gardeners and AgriLife Horticulture Program staff are available to lead scheduled group tours of the Earth-Kind® Demonstration Garden on Smith Road. You can check availability by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Garden Locations and Plant Lists
The AgriLife office garden is located at 1600 B Smith Road, one block west of Hwy 183 and two blocks north of Bolm Road, near Austin-Bergstrom Airport. Many of the plants have labels with common and Latin names. Click here for the current plant list.
The Pfluger Pedestrian Bridge garden spans Lady Bird Lake in downtown Austin, Texas on the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail. It features Texas Superstar and other native or adapted plants. Click here for the plant list.