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.[metaslider id=35856]