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
Free admission with advance reservations*
Peter E. Kukielski, former Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden Curator at the New York Botanical Garden, will be the featured speaker on January 16, 2014, at the Sadie Gwin Blackburn Environmental Seminar at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston. Sponsored by the River Oaks Garden Club, Kukielski will speak on creating magnificent rose gardens that are sustainable with little to no chemical fertilizers or sprays.
Tickets are available on the MFAH website
Or you can reserve your ticket
by phone, 713-639-7771,
and pick up your free ticket
at any MFAH Admissions desk
In 2007, Kukielski completed a $2.5 million renovation of the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden, replacing hundreds of roses with those bred for disease resistance and sustainability. Three years later, the Garden received the Great Rosarians of the World™ Rose Garden Hall of Fame award and was voted “America’s Best Public Rose Garden display” by the All-America Rose Garden Selection Committee (AARS). In 2012, the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden received the “Award of Excellence” from the World Federation of Rose Societies, recognizing it as one of the best rose gardens in the world.
Peter Kukielski is considered a visionary by rosarians and horticulturists alike for his pioneering work before the world went green. He has introduced many low-maintenance European rose varieties into the U.S. and promoted organic Earth-Kind roses, developed and tested by the Texas A&M University Agrilife Extension Service. The Northeast Earth-Kind rose trials were initiated and supervised by Kukielski for Texas A&M. Today he is directing the American Rose Society’s new rose trials for sustainability, serving as Senior Advisor to the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden, and is at work on a new book.
The ROGC Conservation Committee is a supporter of Earth-Kind roses and was the first Garden Club of America member to fund an Earth-Kind project (Durham Elementary School 2010-2013).
So for those who think you cannot grow roses in Houston’s hot, humid summers without gallons of pesticides, come see the man in the vanguard of changing the American Rose Garden.*
*Please note: Admission is free but tickets must be reserved in advance through the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Tickets are available on the MFAH website at http://www.mfah.org/calendar/rethinking-american-rose-garden/8761/. Or you can reserve your ticket by phone, 713-639-7771, and pick up your free ticket at any MFAH Admissions desk.
|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