Coming Events

August 15, 2014 – Gourd Painting at Smith County Extension office

Master Gardener Wincie Caskey leads this event from 9AM – noon.

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

The Smith County Master Gardeners once again take part in the AgriWorld display during the run of the fair September 19-28, 2014.  This display gives kids hands-on opportunities with special presentations for school groups during the morning hours.  

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 at Harvey Convention Center

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…

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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