The Peckerwood Garden Conservation Foundation celebrated the 2015 season with its second annual “Taking Root” luncheon, held on October 15th at the Bayou Club in Houston.  Jill Whitten and Chris Knapp chaired the sold-out event, which raised more than $50,000 to support the garden.

Guest speaker landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh spoke about the influence of Peckerwood Garden on his current work at the Menil Collection, where he is creating the landscape for the new Drawing Institute, which broke ground in March.  He also spoke eloquently about the need to find beauty in the natural, to accept the rhythms of the seasons and local conditions and not expect instant results from our gardens and designed landscapes.

Here are some scenes from the event: