So let's go back to Austin — our opening night gala was at the "new-ish" downtown library. The building is beautiful and racks up all sorts of impressive stats, learn more here.
The library sits adjacent to Shoal Creek and the landscaping certainly plays to the site. The limestone walls and their sinuous curves define the location.
But first. Would you feel safe in, or under, that building to the right? All I could think of was... "Austin must not have to worry about earthquakes"...
Heading into the library for the opening party I was torn between following the group inside, or exploring the plantings. I was hungry so I decided to head in.
There were lots of good things out there to be seen, and the kid in me wanted to climb!
After dinner we took the elevator up to the roof garden.
Looks promising, don't you think?
It was all sorts of fabulous up there, above the city. Where a strong breeze helped to cool things down.
I love the different furniture groupings.
And the garden walls which could double as seating.
Nolina some-something. Our desert flora expert David Cristiani identified it and we all stood around and admired it, but do you think I can remember its name? No....
More of our group...
I think this silvery soft-leaved beauty, with the fantastic seed pods, is Sophora secundiflora, aka Texas mountain laurel.
We saw it in several gardens over the next few days.
A shot of the Colorado river and the view from the library roof...
...before heading down to the street level to do a little exploring.
Must be a strong wind blowing through here to knock those Yucca blooms almost horizontal.
Looking back at the library from the other side of the bridge.
Wowsa! A nice roof-garden on a neighboring building.
Looking up from below I thought the bridge might be for pedestrians only, that's not the case.
That's a complicated awning.
After the event wrapped up a group of us meandered back to our hotel. Of course there were several Agave photo-ops en-route.
I tried to be a little sly in my photo taking, but I think everyone knew what I was up to.
Weather Diary, June 27: Hi 75, Low 57/ Precip 0
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