Docent Training led by Peckerwood Garden Founder John Fairey

Please join us and train as a tour guide/docent for Peckerwood Garden Conservation Foundation. The three-session program will be held February 21, February 28, and March 7: training begins at 11 am.

These training sessions will be 1.5 to 2 hours each, covering a section of the garden each day. Focused training is available if you have special garden areas you are interested in. John Fairey will be your instructor for all three classes. Documents will be provided for review and questions are welcomed.

RSVP to Bethany Jordan or by phone at 979-826-3232. Please provide details on your particular garden/plant interests as well as availability for tours after training. If heavy rain is forecast, training will be moved out one week later from the original scheduled date.

Limited space available, additional sessions will be scheduled at a later date if filled.

Active Volunteers receive a 20% discount on plant purchases.

Taking Root Luncheon a Success

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Christopher Knapp (event Co-chair, Peckerwood Garden Conservation Board), Jill Whitten (event Co-chair, Peckerwood Garden Conservation Board), Sarah Newbery (President, Peckerwood Garden Conservation Board), John Fairey  (Founder and creator of Peckerwood Garden), Thomas Woltz  (Guest speaker, owner of Nelson Byrd Woltz Landscape)


On October 9th, 2014, the Peckerwood Garden Foundation held its inaugural benefit luncheon in Houston, Texas. Called “Taking Root,” the event celebrated John Fairey’s vision and the future of Peckerwood Garden as a dynamic public garden operated by the Foundation. Located just a short 45- minute drive from downtown, the garden will be an oasis and an educational resource for the metropolitan area and for gardeners throughout the region.

Chaired by Foundation board members Jill Whitten and Christopher Knapp, the luncheon was held on a beautiful afternoon at the Bayou Club, and more than 120 guests attended. Board president Sarah Newbery thanked John Fairey for his generosity in sharing his creation with the public, and expressed the Foundation’s gratitude for the growing enthusiasm and public support of the garden. She announced the launch of the Campaign for Peckerwood, with a goal of $2 million to support ambitious plans for the future.

The featured speaker was landscape architect Thomas Woltz, whose firm, Nelson Byrd Woltz, is developing a new master plan for Memorial Park in Houston. Thomas shared insights from design projects around the world, all of which share a basis in biological systems and restoration ecology and sensitivity to the local landscape. Thomas commented on the significance of Peckerwood Garden, saying,  “John Fairey has created a garden that speaks to the distinct character of its place.”

Taking Root raised more than $30,000 to support the programs and operations of Peckerwood Garden in 2014. Reserve your place now for this year’s luncheon Oct 15, 2015.

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Peckerwood Garden: Looking Back and Going Forward, part 2

On September 26, 2012, the Garden Conservancy’s Preservation Weekend conference launched with a keynote conversation on “Peckerwood, Looking Back and Going Forward” with John Fairey, the founder and owner of Peckerwood Garden, Hempstead, Texas, and Jonathan Wright, a gardener at Chanticleer Gardens, near Philadelphia. The conversational format provided an intimate glimpse into the artistic and horticultural vision that John Fairey brought to the development of his garden, which features rare plants native to a wide region of the southern United States and Mexico. The keynote conversation was introduced by Claire Sawyers, Director of the Scott Arboretum at Swarthmore College and co-chair of the Garden Conservancy’s Screening Committee.

Peckerwood Garden: Looking Back and Going Forward, part 3

PART 3 of a conversation between John Fairey and Jonathan Wright on the creation of Peckerwood Garden in Hempstead, Texas, presented as the keynote program for the Garden Conservancy’s Preservation Weekend conference, September 27, 2012. John Fairey is the founder and owner of Peckerwood Garden; Jonathan Wright is a gardener at Chanticleer Garden outside of Philadelphia.