On our last day in Austin, we visited several wonderful gardens. but the first stop for my bus was Lucinda Hutson’s garden, forever recognizable by her purple house. Bill and I visited Lucinda in 2014, but I wasn’t able to write a post about her lovely casita then–I was overwhelmed promoting my book–so I’m going to rectify that now.
As always, click on the photos in the gallery to make them larger and get the full effect. Believe me, for Lucinda’s garden, you want the full effect.
Lucinda is a treasure and one of my favorite people. She is a lifestyle writer, cookbook author, and speaker. If you love tequila, you should buy her newest book, ¡Viva Tequila!: Cocktails, Cooking, and Other Agave Adventures published by the University of Texas Press. The bloggers had the opportunity to buy the books at the Garden Bloggers Fling closing party and also, to try two of the drinks in the book, a Texican martini, and a Paloma. Both were really good. I personally like reposado tequila myself so I liked the martini best. That chili-spiced salt on the rim was inspired. Sorry I didn’t take a picture!
The photos, below, are mostly of her backyard. It isn’t a huge garden, but it is packed full of curated vignettes.
I wonder what the Spanish word for vignette is? Ah, viñeta! Of course!
I think what makes Lucinda’s garden work so well is her innate sense of color. She tends to use pink, purple, turquoise and occasionally, yellow. Then, she takes similar plants and pots them up in Talavera pottery or uses similar pots in different primary colors. I wish I had her skill.
Lucinda has a joy that spills over into every contact with her. I’m so glad she allowed her garden and home to be on tour for the garden bloggers. Nothing was off limits, and what a fantastic place her purple casita truly is. Lucinda grew up in El Paso and is fluent in Spanish. In fact, when she talks, she mixes Spanish and English together with the most beautiful accent. I love to listen to her voice. Check out this episode of Central Texas Gardener to hear Lucinda. There is also a tour of her garden on another episode.
Below are just a few of the pictures I took inside Lucinda’s house. Because I enjoy Mexican culture so much, I love her collections especially her Santos–Saints–and El Día de los Muertos–Day of the Dead memorabilia. She’s traveled extensively throughout Mexico so she has treasured pieces from her journeys.
This is only a taste of Lucinda’s lovely garden and home. I hope you’ll buy her beautiful book if you like tequila. It has even more history of how important agave is to Mexican culture. In Oklahoma, we’re pretty fond of it too. Thank you, Lucinda, for having us over. It was a morning I’ll never forget.