Peckerwood Garden renamed for founder John Fairey, who passed away this week

March 19, 2020

The Hempstead, Texas, garden of plant explorer and collector John Fairey has long been known by the titter-inducing name Peckerwood, but last week it was renamed in honor of its founder. Just a few days later, John G. Fairey passed away, and The John Fairey Garden now remains as a living tribute to the adventurous, talented, and soft-spoken man who created it.

I’ve blogged about my visits to The John Fairey Garden and had the pleasure of interviewing John for an article in Garden Design magazine, which was recognized by GWA (now GardenComm) in 2013. You can read that article here.

John’s garden will continue under the stewardship of The Garden Conservancy. After the coronavirus crisis ends, I can’t think of a better way to honor John’s memory and life’s work than visiting his remarkable garden.

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