5.25.2020

Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Adam Adams – President

A native Texan, Adam graduated from North Carolina School of the Arts and founded One Arm Red in New York. A Ft. Bend County Master Gardener, he also serves on the board of the Houston SPCA, Wildlife Center of Texas, MATCH (Mid-town Arts & Theater Center Houston), and Wonderworks.

Wally Wilkins – Vice President & Treasurer

Wally Wilkins 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.

Frank Briscoe

Frank Briscoe is an architectural conservator and principal of Briscoe Architectural Conservation (BAC). Mr. Briscoe’s 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.

Amy Bryant

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.

Dr. David Creech

Dr. Dave Creech, Regent’s Professor and Professor Emeritus, has been at Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas since September, 1978. His research effort has focused on blueberry germplasm evaluation and horticultural studies, alternative crop/alternative technology work, crop nutrition studies, new plant introductions for the ornamental horticulture industry, endangered plant rescue, research and reintroduction, and finding sustainable solutions to environmental concerns. Dr. Creech has authored numerous scholarly and trade articles and lectures widely. Dr. Creech was President, 1991-1992, of the Native Plant Society of Texas, an 1800 member, 31 chapter organization dedicated to the conservation, selection and use of the native plants of Texas.  Dr. Creech served as President of the Southern Region American Society of Horticulture Science, 2012-2013. Dr. Creech received his BS in Horticulture from Texas A and M University in 1970, a MS in Horticulture from Colorado State University in 1972, and he returned to TAMU and was awarded the PhD in 1978. Dr. Creech is semi-retired and currently directs SFA Gardens, a 68-acre on campus horticultural resource.

Jane Curtis

Jane Curtis is an experienced landscape architect who was most recently the Director of Horticulture, Hermann Park Conservancy. Previously, she worked as a landscape architect on various commercial and residential projects, including landscape renovation and historical research for the Menil House, Houston. Ms. Curtis has worked in Washington, D.C., Montana, and Virginia before moving to Texas. She has lectured widely and published articles in magazines and journals, including the article,”Fairey’s Garden: A Botanical Wonder Takes Root in Hempstead,” for Cite, The Architecture and Design Review of Houston, in 2000. Ms. Curtis has a BA in American Studies from Yale, and a MLA with honors from the University of Virginia. She is a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects and serves on various other boards.

Jonathan Judice

Jonathan Judice is co-founder and President of Twinwood Farms, a 5,000 acre wholesale farming operation located along the Brazos River 40 miles west of Houston, TX.  He was formerly Executive Vice President of Environmental Design, Inc., a Houston, TX based International landscape contractor and the industry’s premier tree transplanting experts.  His 15 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.

David Klein

David Klein is a fifth-generation Texan who lives on the original 150-year Klein family farm certified by Governor Rick Perry as a Historical Heritage Farm.  He graduated with three degrees from Rice University and is a CPA, real estate broker, appraiser, and commercial developer.

He has served on the Board of Klein Bank,  Boy Scouts of America,  The Mercer (botanic garden) Society, and the Mercer Endowment Fund.  Mr. Klein has his own private botanical garden at his home which has over 3500 different species of rare and exotic plants from around the world. David and his wife, Mary, have twins, Shannon and Dawson.

Tara Klein

Tara Klein has an immense love for ornamental plantings and pulling weeds.  She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture and a Minor in Horticulture at Texas A&M University.  She started her career in Fort Lauderdale, FL which accelerated her knowledge of tropical plants.  She returned home to Houston where she founded a landscape architecture firm, Four and One, llc, and is raising her two boys to appreciate gardening as much as she does and including education in her designs where she can.

Christy Ten Eyck

Christine Ten Eyck has drawn upon her intuition and knowledge to build a body of work which celebrates the inherent beauty of Texas and the southwest, the culture of its people and the sacred path of water, pioneering contemporary regionalism in the southwest. Her projects range from urban design, city parks, botanical gardens, university campuses, plazas to private residential gardens and ranches. Ten Eyck and her thirteen-person firm based in Austin, Texas, have won many awards for design and built work including recent projects for the San Antonio Botanical Garden, the Historic Pearl Brewery Park and Plaza in San Antonio, and the University of Texas at El Paso’s Campus Transformation project. She and her firm are currently working on Harwood Park in Dallas, Midland Centennial Park in Midland, Texas, Pease Park ‘Kingsbury Commons’ in Austin, Texas, and the Monterey Institute of Technology campus in Mexico City. She received her bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture from Texas Tech University and was made a Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects in 2003.

Antonia Adezio – Director Emeritus

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 – Founder

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. John died in 2020 after 49 years of creating, maintaining, and expanding The John Fairey Garden.