Peckerwood Garden

Peckerwood Garden, in Hempstead, Texas, is a place for gardening, art, and conservation. It is the creation of John Fairey, design professor, plant explorer, and founder of Yucca Do Nursery. The garden brings together rare, drought-tolerant plants native to the southern United States and the remote mountains of Mexico and Asia. The sculptural quality of these plantings echoes the international-caliber collection of Mexican folk art displayed in the gallery. We hold a conservation easement on the property and assist the Peckerwood Garden Conservation Foundation in public outreach and strategic planning for the garden's future as a public garden and study center.

TIMELINE

2016
Ownership of garden transferred to Peckerwood Garden Conservation Foundation. Conservation easement signed and filed, to protect the garden and its over 3,000 species of plants in perpetuity. The easement is held by the Garden Conservancy, which begins monitoring in November 2016.

The Foundation for Landscape Studies names John Fairey as its 2016 recipient of the Place Maker award, and the American Horticultural Society awards him the Liberty Hyde Bailey medal in recognition of  lifetime contributions to several horticultural fields.

2014
First "Taking Root" luncheon

2013
John Fairey receives the prestigious Arthur Hoyt Scott Award and Medal from Swarthmore College's Scott Arboretum.

2012
"A Conversation with John Fairey" keynotes our Preservation Weekend 2012, held at the Chicago Botanic Garden.

2009
The Foundation purchases Yucca Do Nursery, with its greenhouses, offices, residence, and parking area providing support facilities for the garden.

2007
The original residence is converted into an art gallery under the design guidance of Grace Riggan.

2002
Architect Gerald Maffei designs a new residential wing and new office for the garden.

1998
Peckerwood Garden is named a preservation garden of the Garden Conservancy. With our assistance, the Peckerwood Garden Conservation Foundation is formed to operate the garden for the public and to identify and conserve threatened and disappearing native Mexican flora. We continue to provide guidance to the Foundation as the garden transitions into a public entity.

1997
Fairey and Schoenfeld are awarded the American Horticultural Society Commercial Award for the commitment to excellence in commercial horticulture.

1988
Plant expeditions are organized to collect seeds and plant cuttings from the mountains of Mexico. Over the years, Fairey has made more than 90 such expeditions leading to the estimated 3,000 species of rare plants and cultivars at Peckerwood. Seed exchanges begin between Peckerwood and the University of California at Berkeley, Harvard University, North Carolina State University, University of California at Santa Cruz, the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, and Cholipo Arboretum Foundation in Chungchong Namdo, Korea.

1986
Yucca Do Nursery is established in partnership with Carl Schoenfeld to sell plants and seeds from Texas, the Southeast, Asia, and Mexico. The profits are used to support Peckerwood Garden.

1983
A severe tornado ravages the garden, tearing off canopies of mature trees and changing the light conditions. Over the next five years, Fairey repairs the trees, rearranges understory plants and introduces new, rare, and unusual plants that thrive in the Texas sun.

1971
Professor John Fairey acquires seven acres near Hempstead, Texas, and plans and constructs Peckerwood. Fairey, a silent partner in Waller Nursery, uses this connection to plant trees and shrubs suitable for the soil conditions, seasonal sun, wind changes, and erosion control. Over the years, gradual acquisition of more land expands the garden to 39 acres.

For more information, visit peckerwoodgarden.org.

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Peckerwood Garden: 2016 in Pictures

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Congratulations!

Foundation for Landscape Studies honors John Fairey with its Place Maker award.

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Peckerwood Garden Tree Documentation Project

High-tech project takes the measure of the oaks

Profile of John Fairey

"American Gardener" magazine, September/October 2015