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Good gardening


LIVING W sights and


hen given a choice between shopping in a cold steel and concrete building or amidst the sounds


of


babbling water,


songbirds singing, and squirrels chattering, all under a canopy of towering majestic oak trees, the answer for many is obvious. Most customers prefer to shop where they can be inspired, and when it comes to Texas garden centers, T e Great Outdoors in Austin is a gardener’s dream. T e garden specialists at T e Great


Outdoors have been helping Texans create distinctive, sustainable indoor and outdoor living lifestyles


since 1985, when Tom


Tinguely established a grounds mainten- ance business he called T e Great Outdoors. Due to the business’s popularity and rapid growth, it evolved from simple grounds maintenance, to landscape design and expert installation, and fi nally, to the wildly popular garden center, which has been hailed by many as one of


the premier


professional nurseries in Central Texas. T eir staff of certifi ed nurserymen and designers have unmatched experience in working with the region’s climate and soils. With display gardens and ideas that


customers can use in their own yards, there is inspiration at every turn in T e Great Outdoors. Take a stroll under some of the largest live oak trees in Austin on meander- ing paths that invite patrons to relax and enjoy a large selection of plants, pottery, and garden accessories. Look for the famous “Giant Wind Chime” with its magical, memorable tones, and don’t miss the tropical wonders in the impressive greenhouse. And if all of that isn’t enough, they even have an on-site café if you need a beverage or a snack to complete your shopping experience. T e Great Outdoors hosts workshops and other special events; call or visit


gonursery.com for details. • ● ● The Great Outdoors 2730 S. Congress Ave., Austin 512-448-2992, gonursery.com Spring Hours: 9am-6pm Mon-Sat; 10am-6pm Sun


Going & Growing Green • • •


The Great Outdoors is always looking for ways to be Earth-friendly. Some of their efforts include: • Rainwater collection • Display roof garden • Free re-use/re-cycling of plastic growing pots


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