Meet the 1997 XGC Co-Presidents

Ted Cathey

Ted Cathey is a native Texan, born and raised in Hamilton, Texas, who currently resides in North Austin. Ted owns Accurate Landscapes and specializes in Xeriscape and ecological landscape design and installation. He holds a degree in agricultural economics from Texas A&M University, and a Master of Science degree from Tarleton State University. Prior to coming to Austin, Ted worked as a manager and consultant in land and ranch management, cattle breeding, and commercial organic vegetable production. Ted is a member of Texas Agricultural Lifetime Leadership, Austin Green Builders, and is an eagle scout in the Boy Scouts of America.

Ted’s goals as co-president of the Xeriscape Garden Club are to use his knowledge and expertise to help others learn the value of xeriscape gardening and permaculture techniques through informational meetings and events, and hands-on involvement in the xeriscape demonstration garden at the Zilker Garden Center.

Janie Bolger

While growing up in Aledo, Texas, and even later on, when moves took me to other places like Colorado Springs and The Netherlands, I dreamed of a horticulture-related career. Unfortunately, life took detours and my office-related skills steered me in different directions—that is, until my family and I moved to Austin in 1989. That’s when I took the plunge into a late-life college career, culminating in a BS in Botany in August 1994. Since that time, I’ve combined my business skills gained in the corporate world, academic knowledge acquired at Southwest Texas State University, and hands-on Master Gardener experience into the formation of a landscape design company geared toward residential gardeners.

I enjoy my job for the same reason that I enjoy serving on the XGC Board—feeling as if I help folks out, having a personal sense of community within the big city, and the pleasure I get as I meet and learn from the many people who come into my life. I look forward to serving as Co-President with Ted in 1997. I hope to promote two things: more interaction among our XGC group members and a greater amount of community visibility from our club. We’ve got so many xeriscape-savvy members within our organization. I think many Austin residents could benefit from resourcing our collective xeriscape skills and gardening knowledge.