Category Archives: Education and Research


The Spring Garden and Landscape Seminar, sponsored by the Gregg co. Master Gardeners will be held on Saturday, March 7, In Longview, Texas from 7:45 to noon at the First United Methodist Church, 400 N. Fredonia St., in the Faith Center, Whaley St. entrance.  Seating is limited, so it is advisable to get there early.   Chris Wiesinger, owner of The Southern Bulb Company, located in Golden, Texas, will be the seminar speaker.  Since the New York Times story, in 2006, of Chris’ life as a bulb collector… Read More →

2015 Gregg County Master Gardener Class Schedule

January 7 – Class starts, brief overview, pass-out handbooks, and housekeeping duties. Plant Growth & Development, Basic Plant Fertility and Soil Testing – Pete Quinn, Gregg County Master Gardener January 14 – Environmental Horticulture – Landscape water conservation – Tim Hartman January 21 – Home Fruit Production – Dennis Smith, retired Gregg County Extension Agent – AG/NR January 29 – Special Program: Insect Identification Control, Dr. Mike Merchant, Urban Entomologist Texas A&M AgriLife Research Center, Overton, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. February 4 – Composting – Vermiculture Presentation,… Read More →

Native Landscape Certification Program

Meg Inglis, NLCP Coordinator 512-589-1316. , announced the classes which are specific to the vegetation regions of North Texas. Classes will be held in Denton on June 7 and in Cedar Hill on June 28. Registration for the classes is now available online at: Saturday June 7, 2014  Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center, Denton 9-4:30 Level 1 certificate Learn the value of including and preserving native plants in landscapes. Understand the differences between sustainable and conventional development. Learn your Texas vegetation region and soil type. Learn 50 native Texas… Read More →


The Invaders of Texas Program is an innovative campaign whereby volunteer “citizen scientists” are trained to detect the arrival and dispersal of invasive species in their own local areas. That information is delivered into a statewide mapping database and to those who can do something about it. The premise is simple. The more trained eyes watching for invasive species, the better our chances of lessening or avoiding damage to our native landscape. The Invaders of Texas Program supports the creation and perpetuation of a network of local citizen… Read More →

Monarch project announces garden grants

The Native Plant Society of Texas is awarding $7500 in small grants to 36 community gardens around the state to fund planting of Monarch butterfly habitat. The grants were announced April 4 by Cathy Downs, chair of the Society’s Bring Back the Monarch to Texas project. Link here:

Texas Master Gardener Newsletter

Here is the link to the newsletter which outlines the need for directors and what is happening with the Texas Master Gardener Associations. Plus information on specialist training and continuing education hours.

Kelsey Creek Farm ~~Rethinking Gardening~~

__Bruce Williams President-Elect of the Gregg County Master Gardeners Association__ As I write this it is 26 degrees on the 4th of March here in Longview,Texas. We had a overnight freezing rain turned to snow a couple of nights ago that still covers all the trees and shrubs with ice, even breaking dry pine branches from the weight. Possumhaw, Plums, strawberries, ornamental Pears, quince and some of the deciduous magnolias have all bloomed because of a week of warm temperatures. They all have been hit by this perfect… Read More →

GCMG Spring Seminar 2014 Garden and Landscape Seminar Sponsored by Gregg County Master Gardeners Saturday, March 1, 2014 Registration 7:45 AM, Program 8:30 AM – Noon   First United Methodist Church Faith Center Whaley Street Entrance, Longview, Texas Guest Speaker DR. DAVID L. CREECH, Director of SFA Gardens, Regent’s Professor and Professor Emeritus Stephen F. Austin State University Nacogdoches, Texas Session 1 – Topic: “The China Connection: People, Plans and Plants of an Emerging Horticultural Giant” Session 2 – Topic: “Exciting New Shrubs for Southern Landscapes” * * * *… Read More →

East Texas Commercial Fruit and Vegetable Conference Feb 25   One of the main speakers will be Dr. David Creech who will be speaking on another topic other than this at our Spring Seminar. Good way to get some valuable information from a leader in the academic field.   Go to the link above for more information. It will be a all day event with lunch for 30 dollars in Nacogdoches.

Horticulture seminar 1 Tuesday,January 21 2014

Extension of Gregg County Presents: Horticulture Seminar 1 Tuesday January 21 2014 6:30 pm 405 E. Marshall Extension Auditorium Phone: 903.236.8428 A monthly seminar series 1-12 with a wide range of topics. Full Question and Answer segments from professionals, academia, master gardeners and county agents.   Time to Plant: Robert Seidmeyer GM Horaneys Inc Soil Testing Program and Drive: Hugh Soape Gregg County Extension Agent   1x $10.00 fee covers all seminars for the year