Central Texas Native Plant Garden
Gillespie County Agricultural Building
The garden is dedicated to the memory of Dr. John Lipe.
Members of the Fredericksburg Chapter of NPSOT maintain this demonstration garden year-round. Since it is a small garden, it is maintained on an as-needed basis. If you would like to join us to work or just to learn what we are doing, please contact the volunteer coordinator (see Contacts list).
The Gillespie County Agricultural Building native plant demonstration garden was dedicated to the memory of Dr. John Lipe on June 15, 2000. Dr. Lipe was one of the organizers of the Fredericksburg NPSOT chapter in 1991. His interest in native plants led him to plant natives around the Ag. Building, including some that are in the demonstration garden. Honored guests included Dr. Lipe's wife Judy; their children Joel, Jennifer, and Jaime; his brother Henry and sister Margaret; and a number of other family members. Bluefford Hancock, Extension Horticulturist Emeritus, Texas A&M, spoke about Dr. Lipe's many contributions to the fields of horticulture and botany. Dr. Jim Kamas, Lipe's successor, added compliments on the accomplishments of John Lipe, and Bill Lindemann, Past President of NPSOT, made the dedication presentation. Mrs. Lipe unveiled the marker, which reads: "This garden is dedicated to the memory of Dr. John Lipe, a friend of native plants. The Native Plant Society of Texas 2000".