Coming Events

February 23, 2018 – East Texas Fruit and Vegetable Conference – South

Pitser Garrison Convention Center ▪ 601 North 2nd Street ▪ Lufkin, TX Registration 8:00am—8:30am Program 8:30am –3:50pm

SESSION TOPICS – Fruit & Nut Tree Grafting, Honey Bees and Pollinators, Identification of Garden Insects & their Control, Weed Control in Orchards, Seed Saving, Disease Control in Tomatoes, Disease Control in Watermelons, Tree and Vine Planting, Building a Collapsible Raised Bed, and Hugelkulture.

Register with payment by February 16 – $30 per person $10.00 late fee after February 16 *No Refunds* Make checks payable to ETFVC-South And mail to: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Angelina Horticulture Committee 2201 South Medford Dr. Lufkin, TX  75901

For more information contact: Cary Sims (936) 634-6414 x2 or Joe Masabni

February 24, 2018 – Bluebird Season Kickoff

This year, Bluebird Season Kickoff  moves to the 4th Saturday in February. January 10th marks the deadline for EXTRA Early Bird Registration (with 20 door prize chances). 

​The event will be in Bryan at the Brazos County Expo Center, and we have a sleeping room rate of $98 at a new luxury hotel, The Stella.  The event link, in the first sentence, provides all details.

March 9, 2018 – Master Gardeners at the Library

This free lecture at the Tyler Public Library will be presented by Master Gardener Wayne Elliott at 11:30 AM. The title of his presentation is Raised Bed Gardening on a Hillside.


March 9, 2018 – Dr. Allen Owings’ Horticulture Symposium

The Gulf and South Central Districts of the American Rose Society (ARS) along with the Northwest Louisiana Master Gardeners are presenting the inaugural Dr. Allen Owings’ Horticulture Symposium at the Gardens of the American Rose Center in Shreveport. The event will begin with registration at 8 am. Lectures will run from 9 am until 3:30 pm.

Speakers include Dr. William Welch and Greg Grant from Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. Dr. Welch will address heirloom perennial gardening in the South, while Grant will discuss the stories of rose rustling in Texas. Another keynote speaker is Buddy Lee, director of plant development for Plant Development Services, Inc. Mr. Lee is the developer of Encore azaleas and has also developed many of the plant varieties in the Southern Living Plant Collection. Additional speakers are Frank Hover from the Shreveport Rose Society, Dr. David Creech from SFA Gardens in Nacogdoches, TX, Dan Gill from the LSU AgCenter and Pat Shanley, President of the American Rose Society. Dr. Owings will serve as master of ceremonies.

In order to plan meeting arrangements, pre-registration is required. The cost, which covers lectures, lunch and complimentary 4-month trial membership to ARS, is $40/person. Registration is available on-line ( or interested attendees may phone meeting registrar Carol Spiers at the American Rose Center (318.938.5402; There is limited seating for 150 gardeners. Registration deadline for attendance is March 1st.

March 24, 2018 – Fannin County Master Gardeners – 2018 Garden, Lawn and Home Expo

Saturday, March 24, 2018 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Bonham Civic Center (former Armory Bldg) Bonham, Texas 75418 Hwy 121 & Hwy 56 (1100 W 5th St)  E-Mail:  Phone:  (903)583-7453

We are excited to have Steve Chamblee of Chandor Gardens in Weatherford speaking at the expo.  He’ll be providing inspiration for great garden ideas and sharing the best native and adapted plants for Texas gardens.  Also, Viticulturist Michael Cook with AgriLife Extension will be presenting on grape-growing and cultivation.   Blake Shook from Texas Bee Supply & Desert Creek Honey will also be presenting.

Admission: Free / Donations Accepted                       Speaker Sessions Free

Vendor Booths:  Open to public offering Landscape, Vegetable and Herb Plants, Lawn and Garden Items, Handmade Crafts, Gifts, Home Needs & Decor and Equipment and much more…..

Silent Auction and Door Prizes throughout the day


Join the Smith County Environmental Education Horticulture Committee on Tuesday, March 27, from 9-12 as we tour the beautiful and prestigious Azalea District garden of Guy and Joan Pyron.  The tour will be led by Smith County Horticulture Agent, Greg Grant, and former Smith County Horticulture Agent, Keith Hansen, and will focus on outstanding landscape plants for East Texas gardens.

Cost: $15.00

PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED!   Please call the AgriLife Office at 903-590-2980.

April 4 – 6, 2018   Texas A&M University, College Station, TX

The conference will be a grand time of celebration!  We will “Honor the Past, Celebrate the Present, Embrace the Future”. We will be celebrating 40 years of the MG Program in the state of Texas and the unveiling of the Earth-Kind® Gardens within The Gardens at Texas A&M University!  Plan to attend this very special conference.

Registration is now open.  To register online, go to

Visit our website to see our amazing lineup of special events, speakers, workshops, and tours!

April 13, 2018 – Master Gardeners at the Library

This free lecture at the Tyler Public Library will be presented by Master Gardener Andie Rathbone at 11:30 AM. The title of her presentation is Pass-along Plants.



The Smith County Environmental Education Horticulture Committee is sponsoring a Spring Gardening Conference on Saturday, April 14, from 9-12, at The Hub, 337 East Ferguson in downtown Tyler.  Speakers include Greg Grant, Smith County Horticulture Agent, Texas A&M Extension Service, and Bob Byers, Director of the Fort Worth Botanic Garden.  They will cover basic landscape design and principles for creating beautiful gardens.

Cost: $15.00

Contact: (903) 590-2980 for more information.

May 11, 2018 – Master Gardeners at the Library

This free lecture at the Tyler Public Library will be presented by Master Gardener Debby Watkins at 11:30 AM. The title of her presentation is Sex in the Garden – All About Propagation.


June 2, 2018 – Annual Garden Tour – 8 AM – 3 PM

A unique opportunity to view five private gardens and landscapes. This year’s gardens showcase a variety of landscaping designs and styles….ranging from a lake setting to a small intimate garden.

The 2018 Tour Gardens include:

  • Barone Garden – 910 S. Chilton
  • Dugan Garden – 628 Whittle
  • Reuter Garden – 1025 Arlington
  • Russell Garden – 16411 Caddo Trail, Bullard
  • Atchley Garden – 16088 Treasure Cove, Bullard

Tickets $10 in advance, $15 the day of tour.  Advance tickets on sale May 1 – June 1 include: Brookshire’s Rice Road, Potpourri House, Blue Moon Gardens, Anderson’s Gardens & Gifts Flint, and at the Extension Office.  By mail by May 20: MG Garden Tour, 19461 Sandhill Lane, Flint TX 75762.

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