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Garden of The Month

Comfort, Texas Garden Club Winners

Comfort News, October 2008

In the heart of Comfort, Shane and Teresa Schleyer have created a garden paradise that reflects the best of all we have here in the Hill Country. For 13 years, the Schleyers have been working on the acreage surrounding the 13 buildings that make up the Meyer Bed and Breakfast, each year adding more perennials and evergreens, incorporating new plants to compliment the abundant native varieties and adding attractive landscaping features as they expanded their business.

The property has been a place of lodging since about 1867, and the older buildings are accentuated by beautiful old oaks, pecans and a huge original Texas Persimmon tree providing shade to the swimming pool. A stroll through the calm grounds reveals blooming plants on all sides, and the native Esperanza, Crepe Myrtle, Vitex, and Mountain Laurel are visual delights.

A self-taught gardener, Shane shows off his decorative flair and professional touch in the attractive hand-built cedar fencing surrounding the swimming pool and in the flowering Crossvines now cascading across the cedar arbor. Thanks to this summer's weather, the purple Hyacinth Bean vines that line the High Street fence are putting on less of a show this year, but they're still worth a drive-by look. (The Hyacinth Bean vine was purportedly brought to this country from France by Thomas Jefferson, who surely would've been proud to see the fine display it makes when framed by yellow esperanzas at Meyer B & B.)

For about the last seven years, Shane and Teresa have been assisted in their gardening effort by Comfort resident Miguel, and they are quick to credit him with helping to create this beautiful and peaceful spot in the heart of Texas. The Comfort Garden Club is pleased to select the Meyer Bed & Breakfast and its Comfort, Texas lodging as October 2008ís Garden of the Month.