Author Archives: Bruce Allen Williams

About Bruce Allen Williams

I have lived in East Texas since 2009; from Fort Worth, a newly saved christian, love God, love people,love life. Background in American Indian culture, history and believe natural or "organic" based methods are the best but if a product is bio friendly, I will promote it. Have a love for community gardens as well as searching for methods to incorporate gardening with self development and christian fellowship.

2016 Texas Master Gardeners Association State Conference

May 17th — 19th, 2016 ~ Myers Park & Event Center — McKinney, Texas Regular Registration January 1st – April 15th, 2016 $200 Late Registration April 16th – May 17th, 2016 $225   Tour Description (Please indicate your choice by checking the box to the left of the tour.) Tour Cost North Texas Vineyard and Winery Tour $40 Ham Peach Orchard Tour $40 John Bunker Sands Wetland Center $40 Earth-Kind® Research & Demonstration Gardens at Myers Park Free Chambersville Heritage Rose Garden & Tree Farm: Led by David… Read More →

Bee Safety Lesson

This information may be something to remember, as this season is here again… 1 cent could save a life if this works. It is worth a try.   It might be wise to carry a penny in your pocket while working in the yard……….BEE STINGS !   A couple of weeks ago, I was stung by both a bee and  hornet while  working in the garden.  My arm swelled up, so I went to the doctor. The clinic gave me cream and an antihistamine.   The next day the… Read More →

Gregg County Spring Seminar, March 5th 2016

Gregg County Spring Seminar, March 5th 2016 spring2 Our Main Speaker: Greg Grant is an award winning horticulturist, writer, conservationist, and seventh generation Texan from Arcadia, Texas. He is author of In Greg’s Garden‐A Pineywoods Perspective on Gardening, Nature, and Family (2012) and Texas Fruit and Vegetable Gardening (2012) and co‐author of Heirloom Gardening in the South‐ Yesterday’s Plants for Today’s Gardens (2011), Texas Home Landscaping (2004) and The Southern Heirloom Garden (1995). He is currently working on a book about rose rustlers with Dr. William Welch. He… Read More →

Texas Heritage Gardens-Lisa Egner Educational Presentations

Lisa who is a Gregg County Master Gardener but also a member of many other Northeast Master Gardener Associations has offered educational programs at her Linden based Gardens. Presentations offered but check the flyer attachment for all relevant info:  Perennials: Native and Not-So-Native Flowers, Vegetables, and Herbs  Daylilies From Food to Landscaping  Ecological Gardening  P. Allen Smith Home Tour and American Daffodil Society National Convention  Popular Southern Bulbs For the Garden and Container  It’s All About Daylilies  Flower Bulbs  Daylilies… Read More →

Simple Layering By Meloney Ferguson Gregg County Master Gardener

Simple Layering article One of the greatest joys of propagation is producing free plants, and one of the easiest techniques of propagation is layering.  Layering is the propagation of a plant while it is still attached to the mother plant. Most plants that are layered are found in the flowerbed and layering can be done anytime in the spring or summer.  Some plants that are conducive to layering are forsythia, jasmine, lavender, viburnum, ivy, holly, japonica, grapes, wisteria, hydrangeas, camellias, bay, and Texas Mountain laurel. The first step… Read More →

GCMG President Addendum to Randy Reeves Guidance Vision Plan.

My Vision for the Gregg County Master Gardener Program We have been talking to Randy extensively about trying to strengthen or Association because of all the great opportunities for enhancing gardening in Gregg County. The diversity of resources that the AgriLife Extension Office gives us in Gregg County is a treasure trove of education,agriculture certifications, volunteer programs and community outreach. That resource gives us well trained affordable training in a variety of fields. My Master Gardener training has helped me tremendously in turning my hobby into a full… Read More →

Learn at Lunch Sep 9th 2015 “Water is Life and Earthkind Landscaping”

GREGG COUNTY MASTER GARDENERS TO PRESENT SEPTEMBER 9, 2015, LEARN AT LUNCH, PROGRAM     The Gregg County Master Gardeners Learn at Lunch program will be held on Wednesday, September 9.   David Hackley, City of Kilgore Water Utilities Superintendent, retired, Kilgore, Texas, will present Program 1.  His topic will be “Water is Life”.   Hackley’s program will include the importance of water, where we get our water in East Texas and how water is treated and distributed to the public.   Bruce Williams, President of the Gregg County… Read More →

2016 Gregg County Master Gardener Training

Here is the link to the Gregg County Extension’s Master Gardener class schedule. Next year’s class need to be registered by December 11th.

Gardens and Greenway exceeded expectations!

The Gregg County Master Gardeners Donation contributed to the final donation total that exceeded the 100,000 dollars projected by a extra 8,000 dollars. We are on the list of donations, for more information go to the link below.


The Gregg County Master Gardeners will present a Learn at Lunch program will on  Wednesday, August 12.   Pat McCrory, Founder and President of New Generation Farms, Kilgore, Texas, will be the speaker.  His topic will be “I Want To Build A Green House.”  McCrory will explain all the necessary facts in building a green house, how to maintain it and use it effectively.   The program will be held at the Gregg County AgriLife Extension Auditorium, 405 E. Marshall in Longview.  The Master Gardeners’ business meeting will… Read More →