Using gloves, wheelbarrows and mulch, more than a dozen volunteers helped at a recent workday, shaping up the demonstration garden at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service – Travis County, at 1600-B Smith Road. They were making it look "tour quality," in advance of the Inside Austin Gardens Tour set for May 6, said Manda Rash, a Travis County master gardener. The tour, put on by the Travis County Master Gardeners Association, includes five private gardens as well as the AgriLife Extension Service public garden, which includes a butterfly garden, vegetable garden and more. This is an "experimental garden that demonstrates realistic, sustainable gardening practices for Central Texas," according to www.insideaustingardens.org.

The tours are held every 18 months; the theme for this tour is "For Gardeners. By Gardeners." (More tour information can be found at www.insideaustingardens.org.)