An enthusiastic group of Hill Country Master Gardeners who live in the Fredericksburg area earn volunteer hours tending the grounds of the Gillespie County Historical Society with tender, loving care.. This landmark on West Main Street in Fredericksburg is a popular tourist attraction, as well as the site of a number of historic buildings maintained by the Gillespie County Historical Society.

The grounds are comprised of about 2 acres of lawns and flower beds, some of which have been in place for many years and others only recently added. The older beds have evolved over the years and contain many plant and shrub varieties from the past. The newer beds were professionally landscaped to complement the recently reconstructed Dambach-Besier home, which houses the new entrance to the Pioneer Museum, as well as a museum shop, conference room, restrooms and offices.


The Fredericksburg Chapter of the Native Plant Society planted and maintains several large beds of native plants on the grounds, as well. An old bed just outside the Administrative offices of the Historical Society on San Antonio St. was rejuvenated last year by the Horticulture Classes at Fredericksburg Middle School. The students removed old plants, improved the soil, created a landscape plan and replanted the bed using native and adapted plants. It was an ambitious project and has created a beautiful new entry area for the Society. 

The variety of beds and plant species provide opportunities for Master Gardeners to apply their knowledge and skills in areas where their efforts will be appreciated by the general public. They will also be helping preserve and improve an important piece of Fredericksburg’s history.

Workdays at the Museum grounds are scheduled for the first and the third Thursdays of each month at 8:30 am. Master Gardeners and Interns with Fredericksburg addresses are being included among those who receive an email reminder about each workday.