Saturday, November 8, 2008

Peckerwood Party!


Some of the Austin Garden Bloggers set out on Friday on a field trip to see the infamous Peckerwood Gardens. About 2-1/2 hours from Austin, 7 of us hit the road at 7:30 in the morning in a two-SUV caravan on our garden road trip.


Peckerwood Gardens was established in 1971 by John G. Fairey. We were greeted at the garden by Mr. Fairey, who was delightful and gave us the background tour of the garden and shared with us his history.

The garden enjoys the benefits of three climatic zones and covers 21 acres. It is a collection of rare plants native to the United States, Mexico and Asia. He has an amazing collection of trees, and told us that there are more than 250 different types of oaks native to Mexico, where he was gone on almost 100 plant discovery expeditions. The trees included beautiful and unusual oaks, maples, cypress, magnolias, conifers and palms.

We saw such unusual specimens -- some of them extremely rare, and some even as yet unnamed. I couldn't possibly remember the botanical names of all the thousands of plants we saw, and I don't know how our guide, Chris, can retain as much infomation as he shared with us. He was able to identify exact plant names, where they came from, when they got them and how they were planted. (And I can't remember anything about the 3 plants I bought 2 weeks ago!)

I can't identify the plants in the photos I took, so I will just let you take a little mini-tour here and enjoy the beauty of the garden. Enjoy!

Many of the trees had beautiful trunks and wonderful shape.
Our tour guide, Chris, explaining every little detail and patiently answering all of our questions.





For the first 6 months after plants are taken from the greenhouse and into the garden, they are protected with their own little shade cloth!
This beautiful wall and water feature marks the end of the garden. Mr. Fairey's house lies beyond the fountain and pond.

Two little frogs greeted us at the water feature!

Several of the Century plants on the property were in full bloom against the beautiful blue sky of our lovely fall day.
This allee of Cypress trees lines a creek and is a lovely oasis.


Cypress knees come up when the trees live in a moist environment.

Hope you've enjoyed these photos and will look at the other 6 blogger's perspectives as well.