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2019 Topics

Peckerwood Garden Lecture Series Topics

Peckerwood Garden Insider Tour Topics

  • September 21, TBD
December 21, TBD
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Garden Etiquette

All guests should proceed directly to the office upon arrival.

One of our smiling staff members will have you sign in, offer you water, offer facilities and direct you to the tour start location.

May I bring my stroller, wheelchair, walker or vehicle into the garden?

We apologize that neither paths nor bathrooms are ADA accessible. The paths contain numerous steps and roots and thus unable to accommodate walkers, wheel chairs and strollers. Cars are not allowed.

May I take pictures?

Of course! Take all the pictures you like.

May I smoke?

We are a non-smoking facility.

Where do I park?

Park in the parking area between the soil bins and the highway.

Where are the restrooms?

Three single person restrooms are available: One behind the red door outside the office, one in the office and one in the house behind the office. There are no facilities in the garden.

Water

You will be offered bottled water prior to the start of tour. You may bring your own water. No water will be provided along the tour, though you may carry water on the tour. We do ask that you hold on to the container for the tour duration.

Food

Private groups may consume food in designated areas only.

Touching plants

You are encouraged to experience all the sensory aspects of the garden, such as smelling flowers, feeling leaves and touching bark; however, we ask that you not break a leaf, snap a stem or pick a seed.

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Peckerwood Insiders’ Tours

Join us and experience Peckerwood Garden in a new way!

One tour will be held the morning of the first Saturday of each month.

Guests Purchase tickets here: https://mkt.com/peckerwood-garden-conservation-foundation

Member’s register here:eventregistration@peckerwoodgarden.org

About the tours.

Unlike our general Open Day tours, Director of Horticulture Adam Black or a knowledgeable docent will highlight a more focused subject each month, ranging from Peckerwood’s specific plant groups, garden design strategies, seasonal interest and more. Attendees will often get the rare opportunity to see sections of the garden never visited during the general tours.  The goal is to deepen your understanding and appreciation of Peckerwood’s unique collections and their use in the landscape to spark inspiration for your own garden.

 

NOTE: This tour will take place mostly in the sun, so please dress appropriately with adequate sun protection. Bottled water will be available or you may bring your own.


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Pre-register for your special visit to Peckerwood Garden.

Tours are approximately 1 ½ hours long. Most tours are limited to 15 people (unless otherwise specified) so pre-registration is required.

Peckerwood Garden has been widely acclaimed for design originality, the breadth of its collections, and its education and conservation programs. Learning about these collections is an ongoing process and an excellent opportunity to deepen your knowledge of plants, design, Peckerwood Garden, and more.

Guests please call 979-826-3232 or email eventregistration@peckerwoodgarden.org for reservations.

Unfortunately, baby strollers, and pets are not allowed in the garden due to the delicate and sharp plants and small uneven pathways. Service animals, with identification, are allowed. Garden entry is by guided tour only.


Tours are $15 per person, space available. Members are free. Pre-registration is required.

Contact Bethany Jordan with questions at bethany@peckerwoodgarden.org or at 979-826-3232.

Visit the Calendar for the current Peckerwood Garden Events

Directions

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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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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.