The Trowel and Error Mayfield Gardening Symposium will take place Saturday April 5th, 2014 from 9:30AM – 1:00PM at Mayfield Park 3505 West 35th Street (Next to Laguna Gloria).  The annual fundraising event for Mayfield Park, this year’s event is for gardeners from all over Central Texas coming to hear experts give time-tested tips for beautiful gardens.  Although lectures begin at 10:00, the event  “opens” at 9:30 for those early birds who want to purchase Mayfield’s hard-to-find
heirloom bulbs and perennials for their April gardens and to stroll the garden paths in the early morning peacefulness

Sponsored by Friends of the Parks of Austin, Trowel & Error will feature three dynamic and knowledgeable garden experts, beginning with  Amanda Moon, Heat and Drought Tolerant Plants You May Not Have Heard Of (or Thought About Using) followed by Jay White, Fence Me In – Selecting the Proper Support for Tomatoes. Rounding out the symposium will be Patty Leander, Go Vertical in the Garden With Climbing, Vining and Twining Vegetables.

A special performance by Thom the World Poet, will take  place between 9:30-10:00.  Thom the World Poet, a native of Australia, has been featured guest at the Cheltenham Literature Festival (U.K.), the Sydney International Poetry Festival, and was writer in residence at Kansas CitySchool of the Performing Arts. In Austin he has delighted audiences for years with his celebrations of nature and the human spirit – while at the same time nurturing and encouraging the city’s poets young and old.


10:00 AM — Amanda Moon, horticulturist, landscape designer and consultant 

Heat and Drought Tolerant Plants You May Not Have Heard Of (Or Thought About Using)


11:00 AM – Jay White, self-described “avid gardener who likes to write”, contributing writer for Texas Gardener, Masters of Horticulture blog

Fence Me In—Selecting the Proper Support for Tomatoes



12:00 noon — Patty Leander, passionate about home-grown vegetables,  contributing writer for Texas Gardener, Master Gardener Vegetable Specialist, B.S. in Food and Nutrition

Go Vertical In the Garden With Climbing, Vining and Twining Vegetables

Not to be missed will be the legendary raffle of “garden goodies”. Everyone goes home a winner. It’s a wonderful way, rain or shine, to spend a morning learning how to add color into your landscape while relaxing among gregarious peafowl, towering palms, flowering trees, and ponds filled with lilies…and for only a $5.00 donation!! For more information please  contact


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