Randy Twaddle is the founder of Small Town, a branding and communications company with an approach that synthesizes over thirty years of art studio practice with twenty years of marketing experience. A practicing visual artist for 35 years, he has been in over 40 solo and group exhibitions and has been collected by private and public collections across the US. He received a BFA from Northwest Missouri State University, and a MFA from the University of Houston. Twaddle formerly served on the board of Nameless Sound.
A native of Georgia, Kathy graduated with a degree in English literature from Queens University in Charlotte, N.C. She was an educator and journalist before retiring from the Houston Chronicle in 2015. She became the paper’s first full-time garden editor in 1988, published a garden book in 1996 and was a frequent speaker in the Houston gardening community. A lifelong gardener, she enjoys testing new plants to find those suitable for the area’s climate extremes. She discovered some of her favorites at The John Fairey Garden.
Amy Bryant, a Master Gardener, has a wide range of experience in the plant world. She has worked as a freelance florist providing dailies and weeklies for weddings and clients ranging from country clubs to corporations. She founded Southside Place Community Garden, a 501C3 Urban Harvest Affiliated Garden, where she took on many roles, including board member, garden designer, operational manager, fundraiser and outreach coordinator. In 2015, Ms. Bryant began her own landscaping design company, gardens for the urban dweller, llc, servicing commercial and residential properties.
Frank Briscoe is an architectural conservator and principal of Briscoe Architectural Conservation (BAC). His undergraduate studies were in English Literature at the University of Texas; his graduate work was in historic preservation in the College of Art, Architecture and Planning at Cornell University, and at ICCROM, Rome. BAC projects include World Heritage Sites such as Moenjodaro in Pakistan, and Angkor, Cambodia, but the area of specialty for the company is the conservation of historic Spanish colonial masonry buildings along the Rio Grande in south Texas. Briscoe is a native Houstonian, with deep roots in Fort Bend County, Texas. His primary extra-professional interests involve the stewardship of natural resources of the lower Brazos River valley and support of flora and fauna of the delicate and interwoven ecosystems found there.
Jonathan Judice is the Executive Vice President of Environmental Design, Inc., a Houston, TX based International landscape contractor and the industry’s premier tree transplanting experts. His 12 years of green industry project experience includes the 9/11 Memorial, Uptown Houston’s Post Oak Boulevard, Discovery Green, AT&T Performing Arts Center and the George W. Bush Presidential Center. A proud native of southern Louisiana, Jonathan earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2000. His passion for improving Texas’ biodiversity by expanding the landscape industry’s plant palette led to his affinity for The John Fairey Garden.
Wally earned a Chemical Engineering degree from Arizona State University in 1985 and worked for more than 30 years in the energy industry leading a variety of research and manufacturing organizations for Shell Oil Co. After retiring from Shell, he has returned to school to study Horticulture at Texas A&M University. Wally has a long history with the garden as a visitor, volunteer and docent.
John G. Fairey
John earned his B.A. at Erskine College in 1952 and his M.F.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1964. He was recipient of the William Emlin Cresson Traveling Scholarship and studied in Europe and at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Having taught first-year Design at Texas A&M University in the College of Architecture from 1964 through 2013, he received the Texas A&M Alumni Teaching Award and the AIA National Honors Teaching Award. He was promoted to Regents Professor for International Research in 1999.
In collaboration with the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University and the American Cancer Society, John led an expedition in 1991 to locate and collect samples of Taxus globosa for potential use in cancer research. He is a recipient of the Scott Medal and Award, Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College.
Antonia Adezio is the Executive Director of the Marin Art & Garden Center. She joined MAGC in 2015 after a move from New York, where she was the founding president and CEO of The Garden Conservancy, a national group that works to preserve exceptional gardens. In this capacity, she helped establish dozens of groups dedicated to saving gardens in their communities, and developed programs, community outreach, and funding to assure their future.
Antonia’s work at MAGC includes oversight of the beautiful historic grounds and buildings, and collaboration with resident groups including the Ross Valley Players, Moya Library/Ross Historical Society, Pixie Parents, and Laurel House Antiques. Under her leadership, MAGC has launched a new series of public programs in the arts, gardens, and conservation with recognized speakers, workshop leaders, and artists from throughout the Bay Area and beyond. Planning is underway for the celebration of MAGC’s 75th anniversary in 2020.
In addition to her work at MAGC, Antonia serves on the board of directors of the California Garden & Landscape History Society and the Foundation for Landscape Studies, and is an emeritus director of the The John Fairey Garden Conservation Foundation. She lives in Sonoma.