Monday, October 2, 2017 from 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM CDT
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Junior League of Houston 
1811 Briar Oaks Lane
Houston, TX 77027

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Bethany Jordan 
Peckerwood Garden Conservation Foundation 

4th annual taking root luncheon 

4th annual Taking Root Luncheon keynote speaker: Charles A. Birnbaum President and CEO of the Cultural Landscape Foundation Monday, October 2, 2017 11:30 - 1:00 pm Junior League of Houston 1811 Briar Oaks Lane

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Charles A. Birnbaum, FASLA, FAAR, is the President & CEO, as well as founderof The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF). Prior to creating TCLF, Birnbaumspent fifteen years as the coordinator of the National Park Service Historic LandscapeInitiative (HLI) and a decade in private practice in New York City with afocus on landscape preservation and urban design. One of his major projects isthe Web-based initiative What’s Out There (a searchable database of the nation’sdesigned landscape heritage). He has authored and edited numerous publicationsincluding the Modern Landscapes: Transition and Transformation series (PrincetonArchitectural Press, Volumes printed in 2012 and 2014), Shaping the AmericanLandscape (UVA Press, 2009), Design with Culture: Claiming America’s LandscapeHeritage (UVA Press 2005), Preserving Modern Landscape Architecture (1999) andits follow-up publication, Making Post-War Landscapes Visible (2004, both forSpacemaker Press), Pioneers of American Landscape Design (McGraw Hill 2000)and The Guidelines for the Treatment of Cultural Landscapes (National Park Service, 1996).


Peckerwood Garden is recognized nationally as one of America’s most remarkablegarden environments. Located at the convergence of three climatic zones, itfeatures a collection of more than 3,000 plants from Mexico, Asia, and the UnitedStates, some of which are no longer found in the wild.This pioneering garden, begun by John Fairey in the early 1970’s, has been atesting ground for plants that are beautiful as well as durable under demandinggrowing conditions, thereby providing an inspirational resource for gardeners andlandscape architects throughout the region. It is a garden that looks to the future,not to the past. Peckerwood Garden is an irreplaceable cultural landscape; aone-of-a-kind, forty acre sanctuary that becomes more precious each day in lightof rapidly encroaching real estate development.Last year John completed the gift of the Peckerwood Garden property to the PeckerwoodGarden Conservation Foundation. We are grateful for his magnanimity andvision in assuring the future of Peckerwood Garden as a public garden.We hope you will join us for a festive lunch to celebrate this remarkable garden.