Agave Garden Opening Talk

Agave Garden Talk
Friday, June 25
5:00pm CDT

Judd Foundation and Agave Festival Marfa present a conversation with Rainer Judd, President of Judd Foundation; Bertha González Nieves, Co-Founder & CEO of Tequila Casa Dragones; and Jim Martinez, agronomist and landscape designer. Moderated by Tim Johnson, Director of Agave Festival Marfa. This discussion, in conjunction with the opening of Judd Foundation’s Agave Garden on West Oak Street in downtown Marfa, focuses on the importance of public spaces and native plants.

The Agave Garden features more than twenty plants native to the Trans-Pecos region. The selection of species was based on their use by indigenous peoples of the region for food, beverage, fiber, and cultural ceremonies. The garden was designed and planted in partnership with Jim Martinez. The Agave Garden includes two benches designed by Donald Judd for La Mansana de Chinati intended to provide a contemplative place for visitors to spend time in the garden.

Agave Festival Marfa is an annual festival celebrating the agave and its influence on culture through food, film, music and science. The Festival treats the agave as the indicator species for a region that is binational, multilingual and deeply informed by indigenous culture. It brings communities together through outstanding free and accessible programming including talks by preeminent historians, botanists, artists, anthropologists and archaeologists.

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Borderlands Research Institute
Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute
Rio Grande Joint Venture

Monarch Joint Venture
Natural Resources Defense Council
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Services
Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation

Bat Conservation International
Centro de Investigación Científica de Yucatán –  Mesoamerican Diet: Origins
E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation
Instituto Nacional de Antropología e HistoriaINAH TV
UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration
Universidad Autónoma de Chapingo 
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México Instituto de Biología 
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México Instituto de Ecología

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This Agave Garden Talk is generously supported by Tequila Casa Dragones.