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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

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Budding Out Festival, 2019

Saturday, March 30, 2019


Many specialty plant vendors from around Texas!

(See vendor listing below, updated regularly)

Peckerwood Garden’s own exclusive, ultra-rare plant offerings!

(List will be posted soon)

Landscape materials and gardening supplies!

Art and craft vendors!

Great Food!

Cash bar!

Music performed by:

Hogan and Moss

The Houston Blenders!

…and of course, come stroll among the springtime beauty of Peckerwood Garden’s award winning landscape design and internationally renowned plant collections!

Sponsored by:


  • 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 am: Free VIP access only for Peckerwood Members:
    • allowing exclusive access to the rarest plants in limited quantities from Peckerwood’s plant collections and other vendors (Membership may be purchased in advance here or at the event).
  • 10:00 am to 4:00 pm: General public admission

If interested in becoming a vendor, please download the vendor registration form here.

Plant Vendor list (updated regularly)

  • Zone 9 Tropicals, Houston (Unusual Tropical Plants)
  • Bluebonnet House, Chappell Hill (Flowering and Decorative Plants)
  •, Spring (Carnivorous plants)
  • Jimbo’s Nursery, Santa Fe (Bromeliads and Tropicals)
  • McNeal Growers, Austin (Unusual native and adapted plants)
  • Fern Plantation Nursery, Magnolia (Hardy and tropical ferns)
  • Asian Epiphytes, Houston (Rare Staghorn Ferns, Aroids, and more)
  • Darlene Morris, Tomball (Collector-quality tropical rarities)
  • Old School Produce, Houston (Herbs, edibles, exotics)
  • The Herb Cottage, Hallettsville (Herbs, succulents, decorative hypertufa planters)
  • San Jacinto Stone, Houston (Stone, gravel and decorative landscape supplies)
  • The Cycad Society (Cycads)
  • Tejas Bulbs, Inc, Boerne
  • Native Plant Society of Texas, La Bahia Chapter
  • Texas Bluebird Society
  • Discount Trees of Texas, Brenham
  • Texas Gulf Coast Fern Society, Houston
  • Another Place In Time, Houston
  • Microlife Organic Fertilizer
  • …and more!

Art and other vendors

  • Arts Folly (Hand sewn gifts, sleep masks, and more)
  • Creative Adventures Texas (handmade Fairys and flower dolls)
  • Beaded Dragon Designs (handmade jewelry)
  • Vladimir Fine Art, Houston
  • Pen Morrison, Artist, Houston
  • RPM Concessions
  • The Traveling Spirit
  • Marmalady
  • Angel Wing Arts
  • Cultured Skinbiotics
  • KB Design Jewelry
  • …and more!


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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