History of our Caldwell Herb Farm 1994-2010Gardens
Bud, Mary and their daughter, Catherine live at The Purple Gate Farm, located in south-central Texas, in Burleson County, in the region called the Brazos Valley.
We are here
Members of our extended family appear below.
|Bud enjoys the American Herb Garden||
Retired from aerospace industry, currently farmer in residence.
My family has been involved with plants for several generations. My great-grandfather would travel to a large estate in Germany with a horse and buggy, offer his landscaping expertise to the owner, and if a contract was made, he and his family would live on the estate until he finished the job. My grandfather was a nurseryman, and my father was a tree surgeon in Minnesota.
|Bud preparing for planting an Theme Herb Garden.||I have
always had an interest in growing things but had little time during the
years I worked and raised our family. I retired from the aerospace
industry in 1992 and now devote my time building and maintaining the 24
acres at The Purple Gate Herb Farm. I am enjoying learning and sharing
information about useful plants.
|Bud and Mary share an interest in herbs and other useful plants||
My grandfather managed to grow a garden in the harsh climate of southeastern Alaska on granite mountainsides with very thin soil. I remember with relish the vegetables and berries he grew for the family.
Mary's clan Grandfather teaching her about Alaska Medicine Plants
|Foraging plants was
also part of the Northwest Coast Indian culture I grew up in. My clan
grandfather, Chester James, an Indian herbal healer, taught Bud and me
about using native Alaskan plants for medicines when we visited him
through the years.
I have a degree in studio art from the University of Texas at Arlington. I worked at the Dallas Museum of Art in the Education Department as an archivist and photographer. I also did freelance research and photography for private art collectors. When we moved to Caldwell, Texas to establish The Purple Gate Herb Farm, I wanted to apply my experience to helping people learn about nature, useful plants and living close to the land.
I have begun writing a series of booklets to help people know and use the plants I am studying.
|Other active members of our team.|
FloraFlora patrols the area keeping the raccoons, coyotes and stray dogs at bay. She also alerts us to the presence of snakes in the vicinity.
|Faithful Companion and Dispenser of Affection||
Jack (in the Texas Wildflower garden) is a shy but loving fellow who melts whenever you pet him. He is a favorite with our visitors. He is Flora's faithful sidekick and helps her patrol.
Scruffy appeared one day under our porch, a tiny kitten, starved and frightened. Flora protected her and we fed her. She has become a member of our extended family.
|Adrenalin Stimulator of the local 'wee' beasties.||
The hawk keeps watch on the coming-and-going of everyone, especially the birds who come to drink water in the ponds.
|Thief and a
'Photo Op' Provider
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