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The Garden Conservancy and the Peckerwood Garden Conservation Foundation are closing the gap to purchase a tractor for Peckerwood Garden.

Close the Tractor Gap!

Please help Peckerwood Garden buy a much-needed tractor. In 1971, architecture professor John Fairey began to create Peckerwood Garden in Hempstead, Texas, with foresight, artistry, and a concern for biodiversity. Today, the garden is a laboratory and safe haven for more than 3,000 rare and unusual plants from Texas, Mexico, and Asia, many of which are threatened by economic development. To ensure the future of the garden, the Garden Conservancy has been working closely with John Fairey and the Peckerwood Garden Conservation Foundation on a master plan to preserve the plants and the vision of its founder, and to further develop it as a resource for the public. One immediate step is clear: after 40 years of gardening, and with the property now expanded to 39 acres, he and the foundation could really use a tractor!

The Plan to Close the Tractor Gap:

We face a December 31 deadline to raise the remaining $2,300 needed to purchase a John Deere 3005 Compact Tractor like the one in the photo. The Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust generously provided a $16,500 grant toward the purchase. We are asking our Friends and Fans to update your status for a day to spread the word and invite your own Friends to help complete the purchase.

The new tractor is needed for mowing, grading, moving soil, planting, and setting fence posts. The property has twenty open acres; the tractor will cut mowing time in half. A talented and dedicated small group of staff and volunteers work alongside John Fairey to care for the garden, test new plants for hardiness and garden worthiness, and conduct educational programs.

Please spread the word about Peckerwood Garden and the Tractor Gap. All donations are tax-deductible.

Seeds and germplasm collected by Fairey and his colleagues have been shared with researchers all over the world. Plant expeditions to Mexico have even contributed to cancer treatment. Even if you don’t think you will ever visit Peckerwood Garden in Texas, please help us publicize and close the Tractor Gap.

About Peckerwood Garden:

Plants at Peckerwood Garden are preserved in a natural landscape, where horticulturists, students, landscape architects, and ecologists can study them and their interaction with the environment. Peckerwood has both a dry garden to make use of the intense Texas sun and a woodland garden planted under the filtered light provided by the canopies of the mature trees. It is a living laboratory with significant collections of evergreen oaks, pines, magnolias, grasses, and agaves, among other plants adapted to the challenging environment of the Houston region. They represent biodiversity that might have been lost, and ensure that they will be available for generations of horticultural researchers. They also serve as a source of ecofriendly plants for public gardens, homes, and steetscapes in the area.

Peckerwood is also a living work of art: the dramatic arrangement of plants expresses the artistic vision of their collector and protector. Visitors are welcome to visit and to participate in educational programs on Open Weekends; grassy paths and open areas offer surprises and design inspiration at every turn. Positive and negative spaces are influenced by the forms and layering of the plants and planting, and each grouping of plants contrasts shapes and textures.

The 501(c)(3) nonprofit Peckerwood Garden Conservation Foundation was created in 1998 to preserve the garden for years to come. In the same year, the garden was designated a Preservation Project of the Garden Conservancy, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving America’s exceptional gardens.

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