Coming Events

February 7, 2015 - East Texas Garden Lecture Series: Floral Smackdown

Location: Tyler Rose Garden Center;

Time: 8:30 a.m.  Registration; 9 a.m. program;

Details: 3 floral designers will give quick lessons on floral arranging, and at the end, the arrangements will be raffled, proceeds going to the East Texas Crisis Center

Cost: $15 (or $45 for a season pass to all six Lecture Series programs).

Contact: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Smith Co office (903) 590-2980, or

March 3, 2015 – First Tuesday in the Garden 

The IDEA Garden First Tuesday in the Garden Series is an informative lecture series covering gardening topics suitable for a particular month. The lectures are held on the patio in the IDEA garden, which is located in the southeast corner of Tyler’s Rose Garden starting at noon. There is limited seating. You may want to bring a lawn chair for your comfort. The lecture will run for about 30 minutes followed by a question and answer session. The dates for the spring “First Tuesdays” are as follows:

March 3:  Vines for Vertical Interest;

April 7: Keeping Critters Out of Your Containers;

May 5: Getting Ready for Hot Weather;

June 2: Did She Say, “Cut Off Their Heads?” – Summer Perennial Care.

Lectures are sponsored by the Smith County Master Gardeners Association
and the Texas AgriLife Extension Service.  Contact: (903) 590-2980.

March 14, 2015 – East Texas Garden Lecture Series: What’s new in the world of Roses, and how to grow them right.

Location: Chamblee’s Rose Nursery, 10926 US Highway 69, N. Tyler;

Time: 8:30 a.m.  Registration; 9 a.m. program;

Details: Come to this morning program to learn about the newest, easy-care rose varieties that require little or no spraying, M. Chambleeethat can make a colorful impact in your landscape. Mark Chamblee, owner of Chamblee’s Rose Nursery will discuss new rose varieties coming out of breeding programs that are developing superior plants for the environmentally-conscious gardener. Plus, Chamblee will show you how to correctly prune all types of roses, and will end with a tour of his nursery.

Cost: $15 (or $45 for a season pass to all six Lecture Series programs).

Contact: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Smith Co office (903) 590-2980, or 

 March 26-29, 2015 – Texas Forest Country—Azalea Trails and Gardens

The 2015 national Azalea Society of America convention, co-hosted by the Stephen F. Austin State University SFA Gardens and the Texas Chapter of the ASA, is coming to Nacogdoches, TX at the end of March. Five speakers will discuss hunting for, growing, and gardening with azaleas.

Read all about the offerings and registration information—including ASA new member ($30/yr) application—at the following links: or the national ASA Web pages

April 11, 2015 – East Texas Garden Lecture Series: The Edible Landscape

Location: Blue Moon Gardens

Time: 8:30 a.m. Registration: 9 a.m. program;

Details: Veggies and fruits do not have to be relegated to a separate area, alone and by themselves. Come learn from Mary M. WilhiteWilhite how you can incorporate edible crops into an existing landscape both beauty and food.

Contact: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Smith Co office (903) 590-2980, or

 April 16-18, 2015 – Texas Master Gardener Conference

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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…

May 30, 2015 – Home Garden Tour

Once again the Smith County Master Gardeners will host their annual Home Garden Tour.  This is an opportunity to walk through 4 or 5 gardens in the community to view private gardens and perhaps discover new and interesting plants and their use in the garden.

 June 6, 2015 - “Jewels in the Garden” Regional MG Conference

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The Smith County Master Gardeners proudly presents a one day conference dedicated to the honor of Sue Adee who passed away January 9, 2015.

The conference will be at Tyler’s Rose Garden Center. Nick Staddon, director of the New Plants Team at Monrovia, will be the featured speaker. Other speakers include Tom LeRoy and Skip Richter.

More information coming soon.

 September 22-25, 2015 - International 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.

October 10, 2015 – Fall Conference & Bulb Sale

Each year the Smith County Master Gardeners offer a gardening conference at Harvey Hall, followed by a bulb sale where, in addition to bulbs, a lot of other interesting plants, shrubs and trees are offered .  More details will be available here later this year.




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