Dr. John Lipe served as
AgriLife Extension Agent for Gillespie County from 1981 to
1995. In this capacity he was an early promoter of
the use of native plants and grasses in landscaping and
restoration. Many of the existing trees and plants on the
property were planted by Dr. Lipe.
Located on a highly visible corner of SH 16 and Frederick Road in
Fredericksburg, the gardens are the planting areas
adjacent to the parking area for the present USDA offices
for Gillespie County.
In 2010, an area of the Lipe Garden was made available to HCMG for
development and landscaping. Members of the class of 2010,
Arlene Tilley, Steve Comer, and Joyce Studer were joined
by HCMG veterans, Kathy Lewis and Al Bispo in developing,
designing and planting the area. Class of 2011 members,
Roylynne Brocksch, Valerie Fishell, and Angela Jordan have
joined in the venture.
The intent is to provide a demonstration garden complete with plant
identification. The plants were chosen from Grow Green
Native and Adapted Landscape Plants, An Earthwise Guide
for Central Texas. Plants chosen for the garden
addition were those that are primarily for full sun, low
water and deer resistance.