Welcome to Hill Country Bloomers!
Who are we?
We are the newest social gardening club in the greater North Austin area! We welcome all gardeners and encourage our members to share their passion for all things gardening and landscaping related. Our members live in Cedar Park, Leander, Round Rock, Liberty Hill, North Austin and many of the other surrounding communities.
How did we get started?
The seed for Hill Country Bloomers was planted back in 2017 when Melanie O'Neill and Jackie Gross, both transplants to the area, began asking about gardening clubs. The idea sprouted from their conversation to start their own club and the first meeting was held at Melanie's home in April of 2017. Eight people attended that first meeting to start discussing how to go forward and form the club.
So, why did we start HCB?
Jackie Barber Gross (Current President)
"I have been passionate about gardening for most of my adult life. My garden has always offered me a peaceful sanctuary (and a gym) that returns so much more than the efforts I make. The Hill Country Bloomers has been a wonderful opportunity to expand my network of garden enthusiasts, increase our garden knowledge, share our resources, and help our community become a more beautiful place. "
Holly Scudder (Vice President/Treasurer)-
"I love gardening. All of it. From the soil, to the planning, to the planting and even the weeding! I am fortunate enough to work part-time at a local nursery and sharing the love I have for gardening has just increased it. My goal when I joined the group was to pass along that love and create a community group that is always looking to educate and enrich our local communities. I think we've accomplished that in our first year!"
Stefanie Holcomb Reynolds (Secretary)-
Melanie O'Neill (Seed Library)-
Jeanne Miller (Programs)-
"As soon as I heard about the new garden club, I knew I wanted to be a part of it. I have been passionate about gardening since I was a child pulling weeds and planting flowers with my mother every spring. After selling my business and moving to Texas, I jumped at the chance to feed that passion with gardeners much more experienced than I. I volunteered to be program planner in order make a contribution to the club in return for their mentoring. The friendships I have made and the success of the Hill Country Bloomers over the past year have been beyond my greatest expectations, and I am proud to have been part of the process."
Christy Broach Ruiz (Fundraising)
"I've always been an outdoor wild child, but a few years ago I decided it was time to address my social anxiety and attended a plant swap put together by my neighborhood social committee. I got sucked down the green thumb rabbit hole. I brought home 2 little plants and several sets of seeds that I was told were a bit challenging to get to grow. I totally expected total failure. I'd never had much luck getting plants to survive, but was pleased with the social interaction it pushed me into. Much to my surprise, my little difficult seeds grew, flourished and became actual plants and that was it for me. I was hooked. When I saw the posting on next door for an informal meeting to plan a plant swap or garden group, I jumped at the chance to come together with other enthusiasts. I needed more insight from experienced gardeners. I wanted to connect with folks who were still learning, but just as enthusiastic as I was about expanding their knowledge. But truthfully, I was anxious to get my hands on more plants from people who could give me practical advise about their personal experience with those plants. Little did I know that what I was really walking into was a group of ladies who together would grow our little gathering into an enormous endeavor of beautiful gardens and that what I really needed was to find my "Tribe"."
From community outreach to social events and education, we are seeking to grow the landscape and gardening tribe of the greater North Austin and surrounding communities. We welcome everyone to come meet with us and share their passion for everything garden related that the Hill Country has to offer. Hope to see you soon :)