The Dr. John Lipe Garden, Fredericksburg, Texas
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.