Tall Texas Tales…

Heart of TexasDeep in the heart of Texas last week….where the temperature hovered around 100 degrees!  Texans don’t allow a little thing like the heat to dampen the good times.

San Antonio RiverwalkRiverwalk is the signature of San Antonio.  These linked waterways were begun in the 1960’s and link the major attractions of the city.  This section is behind our hotel.

SAn Antonio riverwalk mapThis ceramic map shows the extent of the Riverwalk.  A small open tourist boat collected us from the hotel and we cruised off to dinner.

The Alamo and neighborsAs soon as our meetings were over the next day, we hightailed it to see The Alamo which is surrounded by office buildings.

San Antonio The AlamoWho knew that The Alamo would be so elegant?  It began life as a mission church.

San Antonio Library gardenOn the same property is a library and this beautiful garden.

Huge stand of cactusStands of cactus like this are everywhere.  Do you know the difference between cactus and succulents?  Cactus has an areole, a little pad around the spine.

The Argyle ClubHow’s this for a spot to sip and chat?  We had an elegant dinner at The Argyle Club.  This is the inviting veranda.  Originally an elegant home, it was built in 1859 and is now a Texas landmark.

Lone Star BrewingThis Lone Star Brewing Company Logo is on exhibition at the San Antonio Museum which is located in the former brewery.

Chihuly Glass at SAMAA passage ceiling is aglow with a brilliant assemblage of Chihuly glass pieces.  No one does such richly luminous glass as Dale Chihuly.

SAn Antonio yuccaNot the average yucca plant, doesn’t this look like high fashion?

SAn Antonio waterfallWe were treated to a tour of three incredibly lovely homes with their gardens.  This falling water was so inviting in the 100+ weather.

San Antonio orchid planterA pool planter, Texas style….

SAn Antonio suitcasesTime to pack and leave…what’s in your suitcase?

Airport Suitcase SculptureMaybe nothing if they are in this fantastic sculpture at the San Antonio airport.


About Susan

Susan Detjens is a former landscape painter, she lectures, demonstrates and runs workshops on floral design for museums, horticultural organizations and garden clubs across the US.
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2 Responses to Tall Texas Tales…

  1. Audrey Curl says:

    Loved having my Garden Club of America friends in town! Thank you, Susan, for the charming narrative about San Antonio. Y’all come back!

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