2. Mexican Heritage Garden*
3. Wine Grape Vineyard*
4. German Heritage Garden*
5. Butterfly and Bee Garden*
6. Grand Arbor*
7. Texas Superstar® Garden*
10. Century Oak II*
11. Citrus Grove*
12. Pavilion Terrace*
14. Farmer’s Market*
15. Vegetable Garden*
16. Bird Garden*
18. Tree Park*
19. Pecan Bottom*
20. Maroon and White Garden*
22. Student Landscape Demonstration*
23. Fruit Orchard*
24. Outdoor Classroom*
25. Rain Garden*
26. Earth-Kind® Garden*
27. Farm Trail*
28. Pavilion Plaza*
29. Garden Walk*
30. Kitchen Garden
The Leach Teaching Gardens are named for our lead donors, Amy and Tim Leach, and comprise Phase I of The Gardens construction. We broke ground in June 2016, and are on schedule to have the gardens complete and ready for visitors in 2018. With more than seven acres for both outdoor teaching and demonstrations, this area will be one of the nation’s premier teaching gardens.
1. Edna Fuchs Memorial Rose Bed*
The Rose Bed will provide a highly visible splash of color next to the lush, green Wine Grape Vineyard and across from the AgriLife courtyard. The eight-hundred- square-foot bed will be filled with Belinda’s Dream, a Texas-tough rose designated as an Earth-Kind® Rose by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, and include a bench to take a break from a busy day on campus. Given by the Monroe H. Fuchs ’56 Family and Ideal Poultry, Inc.
2. Mexican Heritage Garden
This private oasis will be in high demand for small weddings, intimate receptions and elegant events. Rich in the cultural influence of Mexican and Spanish architecture and horticulture, this hidden gem will be filled with open plazas, water features, walled gardens, vibrant plants and ornamental specimens. Given by the Meta Alice Keith Bratten Foundation.
3. Leach Wine Grape Vineyard*
As the wine grape industry skyrockets in Texas, this vineyard will prove both educational and beautiful. Numerous varieties will be grown to promote this blossoming industry. The Wine Grape Vineyard was given by Amy ’84 and Tim ’82 Leach.
4. The Marjorie Ann Klaevemann Memorial German Heritage Garden*
Well-placed ornamental plants, vegetables and fruits, and modest lawn space are just a few of the elements of German-influenced landscapes. Visit this garden for its eye-catching vegetation and its quaint charm.
5. Butterfly and Bee Garden*
Providing nectar and pollen throughout the year, this garden will be designed to attract and support important pollinators such as butterflies and bees. The plant collection will be displayed in an aesthetic and relaxing garden setting. Given by Elizabeth A. ’79 and Gary B. ’77 Young.
6. Bobbitt Family Grand Arbor
This shady gathering spot will easily be one of the most picturesque places in the Gardens. Nestled between the colorful Butterfly and Bee, and Texas SuperStar® Gardens, this vine-wrapped metal arc will look out onto the heart of the Gardens. Given by Jackson, Kate Liv, Nora, Cassie and Matt Bobbitt ’99,
7. Tim M. ’84, Holly C. ’84, Kindall A. ’14 and Taylor S. ’17 Stephens Family Texas Superstar® Garden*
A dazzling display of colorful blooms and vibrant foliage, this garden showcases flowers, plants and trees that Texas A&M AgriLife identifies as the toughest, most reliable and best looking plants in Texas. Given by Tim M. ’84, Holly C. ’84, Kindall A. ’14 and Taylor S. ’17 Stephens Family.
8. The Sharon and Kelly Burt Family Homestead Garden*
Located next to the German Heritage Garden, the Homestead will represent what is left of the dog-run home with large porches that stood on the property. The Homestead will be a green space for students will relax on a busy day. The lawn will be improved for students to enjoy and the rock foundation will provide an area for classes to gather outdoors on a beautiful day. Given by Sharon and Kelly Burt, Brian Burt ’02 and Lindsay Burt Ratliff ’08.
9. Sally Young Johnson Herb Garden*
In its broadest definition, an herb is any plant used by humans. The Herb Garden will display culinary and medicinal species and those used for dyes, oils and fragrance. The Herb Garden will showcase techniques and varieties that are Texas tough. Given by Barry Johnson ’87, Joy ’20 and Jesse Johnson ’23 and Blooming Colors Nursery & Landscaping.
10. Century Oak II in Memory of Dan D. Clinton Sr. ’21, Harris County Extension Agent*
No one knows exactly how old the Century Oak is, but consensus is that it dates back to about 1900, not too long after the 1876 opening of Texas A&M University. While this stately tree is an iconic part of campus, and many hope it will last for decades to come, it’s no secret that all trees can be weakened by age, construction activities, disease or other stress. The Gardens hope to preserve the legacy of the Century Oak and the traditions surrounding it by planting the Century Oak II. Given by Daniel D. Clinton Jr. ’52 and Kenneth B. Clinton ’53.
11. Citrus Grove in memory of Martha and James H. Ware and in honor of Sue and Kenneth L. Martin*
This collection of citrus varieties for the home garden will be an inspiration for gardens large and small. Be sure to visit in the spring when it’s full of fragrant blooms! Given by Anna ’86 and Mike ’87 Martin.
12. Kelleher Pavilion Terrace*
Adjacent to the iconic pavilion and its plaza, the sloping Pavilion Terrace will be a shady respite just steps from White Creek. The Terrace was given by J. Michael Kelleher ’81 and the Joan and Herb Kelleher Charitable Foundation.
Set to hold 150 people, this octagon-shaped Pavilion will not only be an iconic silhouette for The Gardens at Texas A&M University, but also an illustrious symbol for the community. The versatile structure will be perfect for both outdoor and indoor events, such as banquets, cooking demonstrations and receptions.
14. Joe and Shirley Swinbank Farmer’s Market*
Students and visitors will enjoy monthly or weekly visits to the Farmer’s Market for fresh produce. This will not only serve the community as a great source for nutritious groceries, but will also provide a venue where students can put entrepreneurial theories into practice. Given by Shirley and Joe ’74 Swinbank.
15. Eleanor and Curtis Taber ’62 Vegetable Farm Garden*
From asparagus to zucchini, the vegetable garden will demonstrate how to grow vegetables successfully at a home, school or small farm garden. It will aim to reconnect students and visitors with the rewarding experience of gardening. Given by Wendy ’91 and Steve Taber ’89 and Southwest Wholesale Nursery.
16. Bird Garden*
This bird-friendly habitat will feature flowers and plants that attract beautiful birds, along with bird houses and feeding and watering settings. In addition to being a venue for bird watching, the garden will be a place of solitude and respite for students. Given by Elizabeth A. ’79 and Gary B. ’77 Young.
The overlook will provide a serene view of White Creek and the flora and fauna that reside in that area. It will be the perfect place for students and visitors to be introduced to land management, water stewardship and best practices to preserve endangered riparian areas.
18. Landmark Nurseries Tree Park*
Two dozen trees provide a united tree canopy throughout the park area used for picnics, studying or simply relaxing on a busy day. The Tree Park was given by Landmark Nurseries, Inc., Jim Prewitt and Kevin Norris.
19. Morris and Lydia Norman Pecan Bottom*
From a heathy hobby to a budding business, pecan trees have something for everyone. The Pecan Bottom will support educational programs for the growing industry and showcase the contribution of Texas A&M faculty over the past century. Given by Christie and Stephen ’82 Norman.
20. Harriet and Joe B. Foster ’56 Maroon and White Garden*
This colorful garden will be a must for Aggie ring pictures, graduation pictures and family photos. With many of the maroon plant varieties developed right here at the University, this space will be full of science as well as beauty.
21. Food and Fiber Fields
Small sections of field crops, such as sorghum, corn and cotton, complete with a single-span center-pivot irrigation system, will demonstrate agricultural production for numerous crops throughout the year.
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22. Ben ’99 and Barbie ’99 Collinsworth Landscape Design and Construction Demonstration*
The demonstration area will be changed periodically as new classes put their landscape design and construction skills to the test. Given by Barbie ’99 and Ben ’99 Collinsworth.
23. Fruit Orchard*
Your favorite fruits are high in vitamins and antioxidants, but is a home orchard right for you? From a couple of trees to rows of savory goodness, the orchard will inspire you to include fruit plantings in your landscape. Given by Elizabeth A. ’79 and Gary B. ’77 Young.
24. Texas Nursery & Landscape Association Outdoor Classroom*
The outdoor classroom will be perfect for students of all disciplines – whether it be an accounting class that just needs some fresh air, or a horticultural class observing the natural environment. Given by the Texas Nursery & Landscape Association.
25. Mary Helyn’s Rain Garden*
Given by Susan L. Humble, this rain garden will show that rain collection methods and drought preparation can be eye-catching as well as responsible and practical. Learn how to incorporate a rain garden at home to conserve water and create unique beauty.
26. Texas Master Gardeners Earth-Kind® Garden*
Showcasing the environmental stewardship of Earth-Kind®, this residential-scale landscape will highlight beautiful, inviting designs with water-wise irrigation and appropriate fertilizer and pesticides. Given by Texas Master Gardener Association, Inc.
27. Patty and Joe Hlavinka, Jr. ’56 Farm Trail*
Given by Mark R. and Sarah Hlavinka McConnell ’86, the Farm Trail winds through The Gardens and wraps around the Food and Fiber Fields. From this relaxing trail, visitors will be able to learn more about production agriculture.
28. McCord Pavilion Plaza*
Wrapping around the iconic pavilion, the Pavilion Plaza will be the perfect place for reception overflow, cooking demonstrations and outdoor classroom space. The Plaza was given by McCord Engineering, Inc. and Jimmy D. McCord ‘69.
29. Garden Walk
As a main thoroughfare from the new White Creek Apartments, the Garden Walk will be traveled by hundreds of students every day. The walk will cross White Creek via the Upstream Bridge, pass by the Food and Fiber Fields, wind through the Fruit Orchard, breeze past the German Heritage Garden and end at the main entrance by the Event Lawn. Given by the G. Rollie White Trust.
30. Kitchen Garden
Not long ago, a garden was a family’s main source of food and tending it often seemed like a chore. As part of the teaching garden complex, the kitchen garden will aim to reconnect students and visitors with the rewarding experience of gardening, showcasing how easy and fun it can be. Not only is this a healthy activity for families, friends and neighbors, but also gives us a chance to share our bountiful crops with those we love.
*All donor named gardens are subject to approval by the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents.