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Garden Conservancy Houston, TX Open Day

Saturday, April 30

10:00 AM – 04:00 PM

Peckerwood Garden is proud to partner with the Garden Conservancy to bring you the April 30, 2016 Houston Open Day, a self-guided tour of 8 private gardens in Houston and a plant sale hosted by Peckerwood Garden.   This event is part of the Conservancy’s national garden visiting program, and a portion of the proceeds of this Open Day will benefit Peckerwood Garden.

Discounted ticket books for the Houston Open Day may be purchased at the Peckerwood Plant Sale, offering a savings of $16! Individual tickets are $7 per garden, discounted books are $40 for an all day pass. Tickets may also be purchased on the Garden Conservancy’s website, where you will also find extended garden descriptions.

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During the Garden Conservancy Open Day event, Peckerwood Garden staff and volunteers will be hosting a special sale of plants found at Peckerwood Garden. The plants offered for sale are ideally suited to the Houston area and range from succulents to summer blooming natives. Select garden books will be available. The plant sale will take place at 1236 Studewood Street, Houston, Texas  77008 from 10:00 4:00 pm.

Special bonus for Houston Open Day visitors:  If you bring an Open Day Garden ticket stub to Peckerwood Garden on May 8th, you will receive 2 for 1 admission, a $10 savings.


Habitat Garden

802 Woodland Street

Description:  A garden planned to provide a habitat highway for birds and pollinators that celebrates the spring with wildflowers.  This is a smaller Woodland Heights garden.  Once the spring extravaganza is over, the perennials are the focus of this compact but impressive cottage garden.



The Art Compound

1901 West 14th Street

Houston, Texas  77008

Description:  The property of a prominent artist, Dixie Friend Gay, this garden is an ongoing project by the owner and her son.  The garden, home, and art studios are located on an acre of land off a tributary of White Oak Bayou in the Clark Pines neighborhood, built by the artist in 1992.  The garden is a collection of native and tropical plants intermixed with beautifully placed art and found objects.  Features of the garden include a beautiful mixed-media gate by the artist, artfully designed meandering plant beds and a goldfish pond.


Alba Garden

744 West 43rd Street

Houston, Texas  77018

Description:  This garden is situated on an acre and a half in the Garden Oaks neighborhood. Stepping through the garden gate into this urban Eden it is evident that a true gardener lives here.  Mostly hidden from street view, this garden features a 15,000 gallon garden koi pond approximately 30 feet long, bisected a wooden bridge.  Though the pond is the highlight of the garden there are also flagstone pathways curving around beautifully tended beds, planted to provide a habitat for birds, butterflies and bees.  The garden features unusual collections of native and Houston-hardy plants.


Baldridge Residence

2111 Bolsover Street

West University Place, Texas  77005

Description:  This neo-traditional garden is located in West University Place.  It is the home of prominent garden designer Cedar Baldridge.  The main space of the backyard is situated around a pool and water feature, flanked by containers of citrus.  Architectural features include a Chippendale trellis for the owners beloved sweet peas, beautifully detailed gates, flagstone terrace and a collection of 1940s Saltorini outdoor furniture.  The planting design includes espaliered magnolias and citrus trees, a topiary holly colonnade, olive trees and cutting flowers.

Kyle-Lasseter Garden

No. 5 West 11th Place

Houston, Texas  77005

The recently built home of architect Dillon Kyle and Sam Lasseter is located in the gated neighborhood, West 11th Place, near the Museum District. The garden is inspired by vernacular southern gardens.  The backyard garden is centered on a circular pool with brick coping set in a manicured lawn edged by repurposed brick paths and planted beds.  Small raised water gardens are placed asymmetrically within the lawn area.  The owners’ casual lifestyle and love of gardening is evident in planning of the outdoor spaces.  An eclectic container garden is set off by a brick serpentine wall and informal seating areas with vintage furniture. A mixture of recycled pavers are set in loosely planted mixed beds.

Camberg Garden

3250 Reba Drive

Houston, Texas  77019

Description: This new garden, designed by Cedar Baldridge, surrounds a recently built Bobby McAlpine house in River Oaks.  The traditional front yard and drive with lawn and foundation planting accentuates the dramatic neo-traditional vernacular architecture and beautifully detailed fence and gates. The more contemporary rear courtyard is centered around a small pool.  The space includes a boxwood and seasonal flower parterre, crape myrtle screen set in gravel, a small lawn and container garden.  The plant palette includes boxwood, camellias and multi-trunk Natchez crape myrtles.

Bellaire Meadows (3)Bellaire Meadow

505 South Third St

Bellaire, Texas 77401

Description:  This Texas native garden is located in the suburban city of Bellaire.  The owner’s love of the Texas Hill Country is the inspiration of this garden.  An exemplary use of Houston hardy native plants in the context of a suburban setting, this garden keeps the integrity of the design while still in keeping with the neighborhood.   An existing pool dictated the shape of the planting bed in the delightful rear garden.  An inspired contemporary water feature was added updating the feel of the space.  Mature olives in mammoth white pots anchor the expertly designed planting of the backyard.

Auden Glade (4)Southside Glade

6510 Auden Street

Southside Place, Texas 77005

Description: Part of the success of the garden in Southside Place is the juxtaposition of the owners’ contemporary art collection and the unique plant selection of the garden’s landscape architect, Mark McKinnon. Bold texture and colors are evident in the foundation planting at the front of the house. The garden has a contemporary feel. The garden was designed around a large sculpture/ water feature that is set in the large swimming pool. A shade garden with unusual plant specimens runs the length of the pool garden behind a modern shade structure. A substantial potager garden with raised vegetable beds is located on the property.