Sadie Gwin Blackburn Environmental Seminar
Rethinking the American Rose Garden
Thursday, January 16, 2014
10:00 a.m. Program
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
1001 Bissonnet Street
Brown Auditorium Theater
The Caroline Wiess Law Building
Peter E. Kukielski, former Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden Curator at the NY Botanical Gardens will be the Jan 16, 2014 Sadie Gwin Blackburn Environmental conference presenter at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. Sponsored by the River Oaks Garden Club he will speak on creating magnificent rose gardens that are sustainable with little to no chemical fertilizers or sprays.
In 2007 Peter finished $2.5 million renovation of the Peggy Rockefeller Garden, replacing hundreds of roses, with an emphasis on disease resistance and sustainability. Three years later the Garden received the World Rose Garden Hall of Fame Award and was voted “America’s Best Public Rose Garden display “by the All American Rose Selections Committee (AARS).
Peter Kukielski is considered a visionary by rosarians and horticulturists alike for his pioneering work before the world went green. He has introduced into the US many low maintenance European rose varieties and promoted organic Earth-Kind roses developed and tested at Texas A & M Agrilife Extension System. The Northeast Earth-Kind rose trials were then directed by Peter for Texas A & M.
So for those who think you cannot grow roses in Houston’s humid, hot summers without gallons of pesticides, come see the man in the vanguard of changing the American Rose Garden.*
*Please note: Admission will be free but reservations must be made beforehand at the Houston Museum of Fine Arts.
|About Sadie Gwin Blackburn
Sadie Gwin Blackburn is a native Texan and has resided in Houston since 1939. She attended Sweet Briar College and the University of Texas and she received a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in History from Rice University.
Sadie Gwin’s community involvement reaches beyond the River Oaks Garden Club. She has served as President of the Garden Club of America, Vice Chairman of the National Parks Conservation Association and has been a member of the Mercer Arboretum Advisory Council, Armand Bayou Advisory Board, Memorial Park Conservancy, Hermann Park Conservancy, Buffalo Bayou Partnership and the Houston Chapter of the Nature Conservancy. Sadie Gwin is a former president of the Board of the San Jacinto Museum of History and directed a special project to prepare a master plan for the San Jacinto Battlefield State Park. She also was a founding member of Asia Society Texas Center and secretary of its board.
Sadie Gwin has been honored with many awards including a Resolution of Appreciation by the San Jacinto Museum of History Board of Trustees, a Leadership Award from the Park People, and has been recognized for “dedication to beauty, nature, and gardening” by Friends of Hermann Park Board and as Houston’s “Scenic Visionary” by Scenic Houston. Sadie Gwin Blackburn, an outstanding Houstonian devoted to conservation, preservation and environmental issues, is truly a Texas Treasure.
The Sadie Gwin Blackburn Conservation Fund was created to provide exceptional speakers for the annual Environmental Seminar. Please send contributions to:
Sadie Gwin Blackburn Conservation Fund
River Oaks Garden Club
Houston, TX 77098-1321
Cynthia Blackburn, Bobby Blackburn, Sadie Gwin Blackburn and David Bamberger,
2012 seminar speaker and founder of the Bamberger Ranch Preserve, Selah
The 23 Annual Sadie Gwin Blackburn Environmental Seminar
will be Thursday, January 17, 2013.
Please check back at a later date for more information.