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.

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 →

GCMG Initiative Campaigns

We need a recruitment drive to attract new and old members alike. This involves creating a colored fold out flyer ASAP. Anyone with document design skills please help. These will be printed and distributed to all MGs. Pictures of JR Curtis Garden and First Baptist Community Garden as well as Newgate Mission and the Kilgore No Till/Specialty Garden listed as learning centers. We also need a group to start a contact campaign to bring back those who have taken the training but who did not get the necessary… Read More →

Extended Business Meeting Agenda 7/08/15

Hello fellow Gregg County Master Gardeners, July is a notoriously slow period for us and our Learn at Lunch has low attendance. We on the Executive Committee had decided to cancel it but after further consideration, a extended business meeting was needed. These are the projects and opportunities that are in need of discussion: 1. Continuing the J.R. Curtis for the Blind Garden documentation and maintenance. Start developing removal lists as well as new locations for large shrubs. Our goal now is to slow down and plan. Anyone… Read More →