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Our Partners and Professional Ambassadors


Rescuing Eden: Preserving America’s Historic Gardens

Peckerwood Garden Foundation and the ICAA present author Caroline Seebohm in an illustrated talk about her new book:

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Caroline Seebohm, author

Photographs by Curtice Taylor

Published by The Monacelli Press

Canopy---Google-Maps-1Admission:  $20/$15 PGCF and ICAA members, includes refreshments

6 pm   Cocktails

7 pm   Presentation and book signing

Memberships available online or at the door.

Rescuing Eden presents 30 American gardens that are particularly distinctive in the stories of their creation and their “rescue” for the enjoyment and appreciation of future generations.  Ranging from the historic gardens on Alcatraz Island in the San Francisco Bay to Peckerwood Garden outside Houston, these gardens represent a range of distinctive styles and help tell the story of gardening in America.  Caroline Seebohm is a design historian and biographer, whose books include Boca Rococo, a biography of Palm beach architect Addison Mizner, as well as biographies of Marietta Tree, Conde Nast, and Florida sculptor Ann Norton.

Curtice Taylor is a well-known landscape and garden photographer whose work is widely published.

The book will be available for sale at the event.

RSVP and questions:

Purchase tickets at

Seating is limited; please reserve by November 2.

Event sponsored by

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Taking Root Luncheon

Thursday, October 15TH, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM at Bayou Club, Houston, Texas

This year’s keynote speaker is Michael Van Valkenburgh, President & CEO of Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, Inc. (MVVA). Based in Brooklyn, NY and Cambridge, MA, MVVA creates environmentally sustainable and experientially rich places across a wide range of landscape scales, from city to campus to garden. Houston will benefit from Mr. Van Valkenburgh’s expertise and artistic vision as the landscape architect for the new Drawing Institute of the Menil Collection.

​We hope you will join us for this festive, informal lunch to enjoy Michael Van Valkenburgh’s insights and to learn about future plans for Peckerwood Garden.

Individual Tickets $150 | VIP Tickets $500

Sponsorships available at the $2,000, $3,500 & $5,000 levels.

For more information please contact Jennifer Cate at 713-206-5505 or

Purchase tickets and sponsor tables.

Taking Root Luncheon sponsors will receive name recognition in event invitations and materials, and on the Peckerwood Garden website.

Read about last year’s sold out luncheon

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Rites of Spring at Peckerwood Garden

Rites of Spring at Peckerwood Garden

COME AND CELEBRATE THE BIRTH OF SPRING here at Peckerwood garden with a dinner prepared by nationally recognized chef Monica Pope. The evening will begin with a walk in the garden with guides to share their knowledge of the diverse plant collections, followed by custom cocktails and visiting with friends old and new. Enjoy Monica Pope’s locally sourced meal in the greenhouse, curated by designer Sara Eliason. Musical accompaniment will complete this beautiful evening.


5:30 pm  Meet at the garden for a guided tour

6:30 pm  Custom cocktails under the trees

7:00 pm Dining outdoors

  Tickets to this event are $125 and may be purchased through the website. or by calling Bethany at the garden 979-826-3232.

Please purchase your tickets by April 20th.

Dress: festive/outdoors (comfortable shoes) Directions can be found at

Peckerwood Garden is a preservation partner of the Garden Conservancy, one of just fifteen in the U.S.

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Taking Root Luncheon a Success

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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