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America’s Best value cars of 2013

Most savvy car buyers are aware that as soon as a new car gets driven off a dealer’s lot it immediately takes a dip in value. However, not all vehicles depreciate at the same pace over time. Wouldn’t it be great to know which new cars were likely to be worth the most when it’s time to sell? Automotive Lease Guide has been forecasting automotive residual values for more than 50 years, and is considered an industry benchmark for this calculation. For the past 13 years, ALG has been giving Residual Value Awards to vehicles and brands likely to retain the most value after three years of ownership. Let’s take a look at the winners for 2014.

The Jaguar F-TYPE is a cool-looking car, and the Convertible S model is even cooler — especially when it’s road-tested in the middle of winter, the way I did.

The car’s sleek exterior lines shouldn’t be marred by something as mundane as ordinary door handles. So the Jaguar F-TYPE uses what the British automaker calls “deployable door handles” that retract into the body of the car when not in use and pop out when needed.

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Peckerwood Garden in “Houstonia”

“Houstonia” Magazine’s Spring Gardening Guide

Houston’s 5 Best Public Gardens

Peckerwood Garden:

Most of the plants in this 10-acre botanical garden, located about halfway between Houston and College Station, were grown from seeds collected by its founder, retired Texas A&M architecture professor John Gaston Fairey, over decades of trips to Mexico. Founded as a private garden, the grounds are now open to the public, and feature a wide array of Asian and native Texas plants, interspersed with Mexican sculptures from Fairey’s extensive collection.

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Peckerwood Garden in the Houston Chronicle

Peckerwood Garden created with the eye of an artist” by Kathy Huber.

After more than four decades, John Fairey sees no end to the planting at Peckerwood Garden, his legendary living laboratory near Hempstead.

“I’m always thinking about what to add,” the gracious 84-year-old South Carolina native says as he gently lifts the leaf of a fish-tail camellia for closer inspection. “I like to collect. Maybe that’s good, maybe bad. But part of the mystery of gardening is what people can grow.”

At least 70 plants are waiting in the wings at Peckerwood, but the plantsman will take the time needed to strategically place each among the 3,000 rare and unusual species and cultivars from around the world. He’ll thumb through a pile of catalogs for even more possibilities.

A collector’s enthusiasm can nix good garden design. But Fairey, an artist and retired Texas A&M design professor, has a keen, patient eye that places each plant so that its shape, color and texture are cast in perfect light.

“I think about the garden as a painting,” he says of his evolving canvas on the rolling land.

This article about Peckerwood Garden appeared in the Houston Chronicle Feb. 23, 2015. Read the full article online.