Garden party at Lucinda’s purple casita

April 05, 2023

I kicked up my heels at Lucinda Hutson‘s purple casita a week ago, charmed as ever by her festive, Tex-Mex garden and her way of celebrating life through good food, friendship, and color.

I wore a Mexican-style dress like Lucinda often does, but I left the purple to her. She wears it well!

I’ve photographed Lucinda’s garden many times over the years, but I always find a new perspective to enchant me.

Mexican tiles and pottery arranged on a garden stool

The flirty mermaid in the Mermaid Garden perches in her bower of seashells and capiz shells. Succulents create a coral-reef vibe, and kelp-like snake plants on either side complete the under-the-sea look.

In the sunny vegetable garden, colorful potted annuals and herbs complement the purple garage with its mosaic-tiled eaves.

In back, Lucinda’s tequila cantina is ready to host another party.

Scrumptious small plates pleased my eye and my taste buds. Look how pretty it all is.

Thank you, Lucinda, for a beautiful time in your home and garden!

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Shop for native Texas plants at the Wildflower Center’s spring Native Plant Sale. Held on Fridays through Sundays, March 24 to May 7, from 9 am to 1 pm. The first weekend is just for Wildflower Center members, so join to enjoy this perk, plus get free admission all year and more.

Experience the Surreal Garden at Zilker Botanical Garden, an enchanting neon-art display throughout the gardens, with food and drink, music and dancing, surreal performers, and interactive art sculptures. Surreal costumes encouraged! 25% of event proceeds benefit the Zilker Botanical Garden Conservancy. Runs April 6 (VIP Night), April 7-8, and April 13-15, from 6:30 pm to 11 pm.

Add to your succulent collection at the Austin Cactus & Succulent Society Spring Show & Sale on April 15 and 16, from 10 am to 5 pm, at Zilker Botanical Garden. Come enjoy the plant show, shop for unique plants and pottery, and participate in a silent auction and raffles. Free with paid admission to Zilker Botanical Garden.

Tour 9 designer landscapes on the 2023 Austin Outdoor Living Tour on May 6. Designers and builders will be on hand to answer your questions. Cost is $33.85 for adults and $17.85 for kids aged 12 to 17. For safety, no one under 12 years of age except for carried infants.

Come learn about garden design from the experts at Garden Spark! I organize in-person talks by inspiring designers, landscape architects, and authors a few times a year in Austin. These are limited-attendance events that sell out quickly, so join the Garden Spark email list to be notified in advance. Simply click this link and ask to be added. Season 7 starts in August. Stay tuned for the lineup!

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