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Sixth Annual Taking Root Luncheon a Success, 2019

6th Annual Taking Root luncheon

Our sixth annual Taking Root luncheon, held last month at the Junior League in Houston, was another success. I hope you were one of the lucky guests who got to hear Tony Avent speak at the luncheon. If you didn’t, you missed a dynamic and entertaining presentation in which Tony made a very compelling argument for the importance of supporting Peckerwood Garden, noting that many of the plants at the garden either no longer exist in the wild or are not easily accessible in dangerous or remote areas.
Here I quote Tony: “John Fairey’s Peckerwood Garden houses one of the most important ex-situ plant collections of Mexican germplasm in the US, representing over 30 years and over 100 botanizing expeditions into Northern Mexico.” We’ll share more of Tony’s advocacy for the garden next month in our year-end ask. His enthusiasm for the garden and its horticultural significance is gratifying and inspires us to do all we can to conserve the garden and John Fairey’s vision.

Like Tony Avent, Panayoti Kelaidis, Senior Curator and Director of Outreach, Denver Botanic Garden and our most recent Saturday morning speaker, praised Peckerwood Garden for its rare depth of scientific and botanical value, and noted that ‘today the “Peckerwood style” has permeated gardens across the Continental United States and beyond.’

We hope you’ll visit the garden soon to see for yourselves what Tony and Panayoti are talking about. Your next chance will be our Insider’s Tour on Saturday, December 7th at 10 am where you can experience the garden in all its autumnal splendor. We hope to see you there.

— Randy Twaddle, President

Budding Out Festival: March 28, 2020

Featuring many specialty plant and art vendors from around Texas!

If you are interested in becoming a vendor, please complete and submit the online vendor registration form.

Freely stroll the garden!

Take a relaxing walk through the garden at your own pace. Volunteers will be available to assist or answer questions.

Peckerwood Member Early Access
9:00 am to 10:00 am

Peckerwood members will have exclusive early access to purchase Peckerwood Plants.

General Public Admission: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Everyone is welcome to the Budding Out Festival. Admission is free. No registration is required. Here you’ll find great food, drink and music in an idyllic landscaped garden.

Guest Registration

Please register to attend so that we can keep you updated and better plan for this event.
Registration is not required.


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Friends of Peckerwood Day: Folk Art and Rare Plant Silent Auction

November 17, 2018 @ 3:00 pm5:00 pm

Visitors enjoy 1-hour guided tours of the garden led by knowledgeable docents, and a special celebration for John Fairey.

There will be an art auction and rare plant sale, mariachi, food, tequila, and fun in the garden. Entry is free to all supporters of the garden: if you have donated or attended any event in 2017 or 2018, please join us.

Please register ahead here: Register for free