Coming Events

First Tuesday in the Garden - September 2, 2014

This popular series of garden lectures resumes following a summer sabbatical. The first lecture, at noon in the IDEA Garden is entitled “Herbs for Fall/Winter”. Master Gardener Patsy Besch will present the program.

There will be two more lectures this year.  The subject on October 7th is “Not Your Usual Fall Annuals” and on November 4th the subject is “Lawn Prep for Winter”.

Always free and open to the public.

East Texas Garden Lecture Seriesnext event September 13, 2014

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service – Smith County, invites you to participate in 3 seminars, addressing the following topics (see below). Bring your questions, a Q/A session is scheduled at the end of each session. Registration is $15 (or $45 for a season pass to all 7 Lecture Series programs).

All programs register at 8:30 AM and start at 9:00 AM. Lectures approximate 2 hours unless noted.  All programs will be at the Tyler Rose Garden Center. For detailed information  on each lecture click on 2014 Garden Lecture Series Flyer.

The series schedule follows:

Sept 13 - “Enjoy Your Home Landscape -  Make Your Yard Fit Your Life”. David Gary, Master Gardener on Wheels - David Gary, Master Gardener has learned to continue gardening despite muscular dystrophy restricting him to a wheelchair. His garden, which he designed, enables him to enjoy his hobby. This inspirational program shows how to easily design your landscape to fit any limitations.

Oct 25 - “Forgotten & Underutilized Plants for East Texas”. Greg Grant - Greg is a horticulturist, naturalist, garden writer, and plant developer from Arcadia, Texas. He has introduced many superior plants to southern horticulture, and is one of the most knowledgeable plants-men in the region. He is co-author of Heirloom Gardening in the South”, and he’ll discuss choice plants with for the home landscape.

Nov 15 - “Japanese Maples” & “Adapted Trees for Every Landscape”. Dave Creech is director of the SFA Mast Arboretum in Nacogdoches, and has a passion for ornamental woody plants. The arboretum has one of the largest collections of Japanese maples in the region, and he’ll share his favorites. In addition, he’ll discuss a wide selection of other trees adapted to the East Texas region, many which are not frequently seen in our area.

September 19, 2014 - East Texas State Fair  opens

etstatefair_logoOnce again, the SCMG will have a display in the AgriWorld building. “Our Secret Garden” is the largest educational display at the fair. Approximately 800 children visit the fair and attend mini learning sessions hosted by different organizations involving agriculture, horticulture, and farming. The display is open during all hours of the fair and will have exhibits and interactive displays for all visitors to enjoy.  This year “Our Secret Garden” will feature a section highlighting water. There will also be an insect display with an emphasis on pollinators. Students visiting the exhibit will get a chance to play “Insect Bingo”. Two additional sections will be expanded this year featuring Junior Master Gardening and the Smith County Master Gardener Association.

The Horticulture Show take place at the fair from September 26 to 28. Register online by September 12. Entries accepted – Friday, September 26 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Harvey Convention Center South Hall.  For full complete rules click on Horticulture Show Rules.

September 25-27, 2014 - Texas Master Gardener Conference

The 2014 Texas Master Gardener conference will be held in Odessa, hosted by the Permian Basin Master Gardeners. 

PBMG-AgriLIFE3Visit the website at  for more information.

Registration available by mail (print paper order) or online at the website. Cost for full registration is $150 (prior to 8/16/14) or $175 after that.

October 11, 2014Bulbs & More - Harvey Convention Center

Registration 8:30 AM, Speaker/Program 9:00 AM, Bulbs & More sale 11:00 AM. Open to the public – Free! In addition to a long list of bulbs, many of which are hard to find, plants, trees, shrubs and grasses will be for sale. The Tyler Chapter of the Native Plant Society will be selling native plants.

Denyse Cummins a retired LSU AgCenter Horticulture Agent will present a talk entitled, “How about building a sustainable garden?”

October 21-24, 2014 - Southern Region Master Gardener Conference

Southern Region

Inviting all gardeners! 2014 Southern Region MG Conference at Baton Rouge.  For information and registration go to…http://www.southernregionm

April 16-18, 2015 – Texas Master Gardener Conference

2015 MG Cong

The Texas Master Gardener Conference for 2015 will be held at the Bell County Expo Center in Belton, Texas. This event will start April 16 and conclude on the 18th. More information will be available soon. Please check back at…

September 22-25, 2015International Master Gardener Conference


In the fall of 2015, the conference will be co-hosted by Iowa and Nebraska. Master Gardeners from these states are pleased to welcome Master Gardeners from all over to get a glimpse of “Horticultural Horizons in the Heartland”. Plan to come to Council Bluffs/Omaha September 22-25, 2015 to see what we mean. And while you’re in the area, think about signing up for the pre-conference tour around Nebraska and the post-conference tour through Iowa to see additional horticultural sites outside the Omaha metro area. We look forward to hosting you!  Go to for more information.



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