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Construction on the Cactus and Succulent Garden was begun in 1989 by members of the Cactus and Succulent Society. The first plantings of mostly native West Texas cacti and succulents began in 1990 with the dedication of the garden in 1991.

Revitalization Adds New Life to Cactus Garden
by Jeff Pavlat

Cacti in center bedThe Cactus Garden at Zilker Botanical Garden has recently been transformed by a much-needed revitalization. The project—funded by the AAGC Horticulture Committee with donations from the Austin Cactus & Succulent Society—has enhanced the botanic diversity of the garden.  Visitors can see a variety of succulent species appropriate for Central Texas gardens.

The original center bed has been replanted, with the front portion completed last year. A large blue container with a Mexican Grass Tree (Dasylirion quadrangulatum) has been added as a focal point, surrounded by several Golden Barrels (Echinocactus grusonii). A variety of species of cacti, euphorbia, and agave create a dramatic visual landscape in the garden. The revitalization process will continue, as new species are added.

Cactus in bloom. photo by Bob BeyerConstruction of a new bed along the iron fence (facing Barton Springs Road) was completed this March. The attractive raised bed takes the place of what was once a problematic low spot filled with weeds. The bed was designed by Jeff Pavlat, President of the Austin Cactus & Succulent Society and horticulture committee member. Matt Welch, owner of Plantsmith Gardens, was hired to construct the bed and assist with the new plantings. The raised bed was designed, using field-collected Texas limestone to match the existing garden. Geo Growers, Inc. donated five yards of Thunder Dirt for the project.

Among the many species recently planted in the Cactus Garden…

Spanish Dagger (Yucca treculeana)
Blue Beargrass Tree (Nolina nelsoni)
Golden Barrel
Blue Sotol (Dasylirion wheeleri)

Identification labels for all of the species in the Cactus Garden will soon be installed. The look of the garden has been greatly improved and there are still more good things to come!  Be sure to visit Zilker Botanical Garden soon to see the transformation.

Here are more photos, before the revitalization...
before before
before before
...and after.  
after after
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after after


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Austin Area Garden Council