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The Organic Garden is planted with a changing display of economically important plants from around the world grown with traditional organic methods used by early pioneers.

The Blacksmith Shop displays equipment needed to make and shape metal implements hand-forged by pioneer blacksmiths. Coal was used to heat the forge and a bellows to fan the fire red hot so metal could be worked on the anvil. Hand tools in various sizes and a leather apron worn for protection are also on display.

The Esperanza School House was built in 1866 in the Spicewood Springs area and served rural students' needs until about 1873. Dr. and Mrs. F. E. Ingersol saved the building in 1962. With the support of the Parks and Recreation Department and local civic groups, it was moved to its present site and restored. Inside the schoolhouse one can see books, desks and benches used by students in the 1800's.

The Swedish Pioneer Cabin was built about 1840 in Govalle by S. M. Swenson, the first Swedish settler who came to Texas in 1838. The cabin was the home of Swenson's uncle until after the Civil War. Considered one of the best-preserved log cabins in the U.S., the cabin was moved to the Garden in 1965 by the Texas Swedish Pioneers Association, which also collected the authentic pioneer furnishings on view inside the structure.

The Wishing Well was donated by Mr. And Mrs. J. E. Hill in 1965. Mr. Hill was past President of the Garden Council and Chairman of the 1965 Flower Show.

©Zilker Botanical Garden,
Austin Area Garden Council