Built in 1899, this Chapel has been serving the community of East Austin as a place of worship and fellowship for over 100-years. Sense of place is celebrated throughout the garden by drawing from the neighborhood’s rich, loamy soils and its ability to successfully grow colorful displays of Bougainvillea, Trumpet Vine // Campsis radicans and Rangoon Creeper // Combretum indicum.
WATERWISE & WORRY-FREE
With a rotating, volunteer-based, landscaping crew, it is imperative the maintenance program for the garden be easy. The design relies on plant massing, an old gardening trick, to makes maintenance a breeze, while creating a bold first impression. A swath of evenly spaced Pride of Barbados // Caesalpinia pulcherrima provides a modern, color-rich and sustainable streetscape.
Luther Burbank, an American botanist and horticulturist developed more than 60 varieties of spineless cacti in the early 20th Century. Mr. Burbank was also a personal friend of Paramahansa Yogananda, guru and founder of SFR. Thus the heritage stand of Spineless Prickly Pear // Opuntia ficus-indica at the entry garden acts as a sculptural anchor and point of conversation for the past and present history of the Chapel.