Regularly scheduled events and volunteer opportunities happening at Peckerwood Garden
Peckerwood is celebrating its new role as a public garden in part by scheduling additional events and strengthening ties with horticultural groups and institutions across the county. Peckerwood staff and volunteers invite you to discover what all the fuss is about by touring the garden and enjoying newly scheduled evening lectures. Horticulturist Adam Black will introduce you to Peckerwood’s treasured plant collections, fill you in on how he’s adding more exciting specimens and share inspiring stories of this magical garden.
A special addition to our lineup of lectures on Wednesday October 26th, we have a special lecture: “Plant Hunting in Guizhou and Guangxi, China” with guest speakers Kelly Dodson and Sue Milliken, Owners, Far Reaches Farm
There are several, new opportunities to visit the garden, and groups also can schedule private guided tours most days. Peckerwood Insider’s Tours are held at 10 a.m. the first Saturday each month. On November 5th we will host a tour of the “Conifers of Peckerwood”
Open Days take place the fourth Saturday of each month and also the second Saturday of October, November, April, and May. We will begin at 10 a.m. and modify tours to accommodate the extreme climate. On November 12, we will have a special guest speaker at 11 am (included in the price of your tour ticket): David Parks, owner of Camellia Forest Nursery “Camellia azalea hybridization in China”
We also are offering regular monthly Evening at Peckerwood Garden lectures conducted by knowledgeable Peckerwood staff and volunteers, as well as local or visiting experts. The 7 p.m. lectures will be held on the third Friday of each month. On November 18th , special guest Andrew Bunting from Chicago Botanical Garden will prresent “Magnolias for the Garden.”
Volunteers are welcome to lend a hand with garden work 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays. Please sign up online here.
Our third-annual Taking Root Luncheon was held on October 20th and featured keynote speaker landscape designer Deborah Nevins, Principal of Deborah Nevins & Associates.
Schedule a Garden Tour
Group tours of Peckerwood Garden may be scheduled for any time of year. Have lunch under the trees before or after your tour.
Peckerwood Garden — A Natural Treasure
Peckerwood Garden is one of America’s most remarkable garden environments, an award-winning, beautiful space that is also a living laboratory to learn about rare and unusual plants. Located at the convergence of three climatic zones, it features a collection of more than 3,000 plants from Mexico, Asia, and the United States, many of which are no longer found in the wild. The garden has been a testing ground for plants that are beautiful as well as durable under demanding growing conditions and therefore suitable for communities throughout the region as we respond to climate change.