Captions -- Garden tour shows off the best of Austin's flora

Beautiful yards and gardens around the city were open for touring Saturday, as a fundraiser for the greenthumb nonprofit Spruce Up Austin.

The fourth annual Yard and Garden Tour was a self-guided tour of five featured gardens. Spruce Up Austin members and garden owners were at each site to answer questions.

Gardener Jim Churchill talks with tour participant Cherly Fluegel about seasonal plants in his northwest garden. Churchill and Rick Matter have spent seven years tending their garden, which features perennials, fountains, a pond full of koi fish, a bench, stepping stones and a pebble pathway. Matter creates the landscaping ideas and Churchill does the plantings.

Visitors wander through the Churchill garden during the fourth annual Spruce Up Austin Yard and Garden Tour.

Sandy and Chuck Folk walk through Tom Matyas’ southwest garden, filled with perennials, birdhouses and limestone pavers. Matyas incorporated Model A and Model T auto parts in sections of his garden.


A car wheel adorns a garden path in the Matyas garden.

An old ford car grille secured to a wooden fence ads an art element to the Matyas garden.

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