Our sixth annual Taking Root luncheon, held last month at the Junior League in Houston, was another success. I hope you were one of the lucky guests who got to hear Tony Avent speak at the luncheon. If you didn’t, you missed a dynamic and entertaining presentation in which Tony made a very compelling argument for the importance of supporting Peckerwood Garden, noting that many of the plants at the garden either no longer exist in the wild or are not easily accessible in dangerous or remote areas.
Here I quote Tony: “John Fairey’s Peckerwood Garden houses one of the most important ex-situ plant collections of Mexican germplasm in the US, representing over 30 years and over 100 botanizing expeditions into Northern Mexico.” We’ll share more of Tony’s advocacy for the garden next month in our year-end ask. His enthusiasm for the garden and its horticultural significance is gratifying and inspires us to do all we can to conserve the garden and John Fairey’s vision.
Like Tony Avent, Panayoti Kelaidis, Senior Curator and Director of Outreach, Denver Botanic Garden and our most recent Saturday morning speaker, praised Peckerwood Garden for its rare depth of scientific and botanical value, and noted that ‘today the “Peckerwood style” has permeated gardens across the Continental United States and beyond.’
We hope you’ll visit the garden soon to see for yourselves what Tony and Panayoti are talking about. Your next chance will be our Insider’s Tour on Saturday, December 7th at 10 am where you can experience the garden in all its autumnal splendor. We hope to see you there.
— Randy Twaddle, President