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Eve's Garden: Marathon's Unique Bed and Breakfast

From lush organic gardens to surrounding buildings, this innovative Ecology Resource Center is a showcase for art.

The tiny town of Marathon in Brewster County, Texas has a population of only 400 people. A surprising number of artists and other creative people are included in that small number, including the owners and proprietors of Eve's Garden.


Houston native Kate Thayer, artist / cook / gardener / accountant / maid / florist / former steelworker, is now the welcoming hostess for Eve's Garden. Her innovative B&B and Ecology Resource Center is a showcase for art, starting with the lush indoor and outdoor organic gardens surrounding the buildings. The gardens boast blooming roses, bougainvillea, and many other species year round.


And then there are the buildings. They are made from recycled content like paper adobe/fiber-cement called Papercrete, which has a concrete-like strength, but without the heavy weight of concrete. With the help of local builder Clyde Curry, Thayer added seven rooms made from the mixture of recycled paper, sand, clay and Portland cement. Curry trained the Thayers to be papercrete experts, but still serves as an off-site consultant. They have since added additional buildings, including a high deck where the spectacular West Texas sunsets can be viewed along with the dark night skies filled with stars.


The buildings are covered in what Kate calls high Mexican contemporary color treatments painted in various shades of turquoise, pink, orange, purple, and green. This private oasis offers a soothing respite to travelers on their way to or from nearby Big Bend National Park.


Assisting Kate in running Eve's Garden are her son Noble and his wife, Alaine. Noble is the all-around handy man and computer guy, while Alaine focuses on preparing the locally produced food served by the B&B. Although the younger couple live part of the year in Costa Rica, they spend more time in Marathon as Eve's Garden has grown increasingly busy.


Eve's Garden hosts numerous art exhibits, music concerts, or just neighborhood potluck dinners or happy hours on the lovely, spacious patio. Along with providing a comfortable environment for overnight or longer stays, Eve's Garden provides a forum for community conversations about issues regarding ecology and the world we live in. Kate Thayer also provides organic flower arrangements for weddings and other special occasions, many of which are held on her property.


The seven hand-built rooms at Eve's Garden B&B are: The Boquilla Room, The Garden Room, The Lotus Suite, The Ocotillo Room, The Orchard Room, The Sapphire Room, and The Turquoise Room.


Each room has arches, bright colors, and other special touches; and thanks to the thick insulating papercrete construction, is very private. The rooms have their own heating and cooling system plus a mini-fridge, private bath, and fresh flowers from Kate's organic greenhouse. Most also have a faux fire place to add a touch of romance to the room, and three have private patio areas. Room rates range from $185 to $215 per night for two people. Email info@evesgarden.org for reservations.


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While my husband and I toured Eve's Garden and enjoyed meeting Kate, Noble and Alaine, (also enjoying a delicious homemade organic breakfast and several cups of coffee), we haven't stayed there overnight. We stopped by there on our way to Big Bend National Park, on the recommendation of Brewster County's tourism director, and were glad we did. Next time we're out that way, we will plan to spend at least a day or two at this unique B&B.


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Eve's Garden

Eve's Garden B&B in Marathon, Texas In the small town of Marathon, West Texas, a visionary space welcomes visitors to it's artistic comforts. Eve's Garden is an organic Bed and Breakfast as well as Ecology Resource Center. Family owned and run. Eve's Garden B&B in Marathon, Texas
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