Henderson County Texas Master Gardeners Spring Conference
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Henderson County Texas Master Gardeners

Spring Conference

This one of two fund raisers the Master Gardeners sponsor each year. Money raised at this event helps pay for the many free events we offer to the public such as our Summer Series of workshops and our Fall Conference. Hope to see you there!

Take a look at our "Save the Date" flyer for this year -2017 Flyer

Past Conferences
Each year the Henderson County Master Gardeners have brought informative and interesting speakers. Here are some of the speakers.
  • 2016 - Dr. Dave Creech - Regent's Professor and Professor Emeritus, has been at Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas since September, 1978. Dr. Creech received his BS in Horticulture from Texas A and M University in 1970, a MS in Horticulture from Colorado State University in 1972, and he returned to TAMU and was awarded the PhD in 1978. Dr. Creech is semi-retired and currently directs SFA Gardens, a 68-acre on campus horticultural resource.

  • 2015 - Robert "Skip" Richter - the Harris County AgriLife Extension Agent and author of "Texas Month-by-Month Gardening" will speak about "Smarter Gardening the Easy Way"

  • 2014 - Dr. Steve George - Professor and Extension Horticulturist Texas A& M AgriLife Extension Service will speak about "From Roses to Vegetables to Shade Trees: Creating a Truly Earthkind Landscape".

  • 2013 - Dr. William C. "Bill" Welch - Horticulture professor Texas A & M, author, "Heirloom Gardening In The South", "Perennial Garden Color", "Antiques Roses For The South", contributor for "Southern Living" magazine.

  • 2012 - Steven L. Chamblee - traveled far and wide observing gardens, loves native plants, writer and lecturer. Knowledgeable of plants and how to use them.

  • 2011 - Greg Grant - a nationally known horticulturist, naturalist and garden writer, who lives and works in East Texas, co-author, new book, "Heirloom Gardening for the South." 

  • 2010 - Steve Huddleston - Senior Horticulturist at Fort Worth Botanical Gardens - author of "Easy Gardens for North Central Texas".

  • 2009 - Elvin McDonald - Editor at large of “Better Homes & Gardens", author of new book “Texas Public Gardens",  called Dean of Garden Writers

  • 2008 - Chris Weisinger - Southern Bulb Company  - Heirloom bulbs - 

  • 2007 - Lucinda Hutson - author of two books "The Herb Garden Cook Book" and "Tequila! Cooking With The Spirit Of Mexico" noted lecturer and known for her unique home and gardens. 

  • 2006 - Neil Sperry - Widely known Gardening Columnist, author of "Neil Sperry's Complete Guide to Texas Gardening" and radio talk show host

  • 2005 - Dr Steve George - Earthkind Roses, how to grow, and how they are selected, history of the program. 

  • 2004 - Greg Grant - well know lecturer, co-author of "The Southern Heirloom Gardens", a well known plantsman.

  • 2003 - Dr Brent Pemberton - Outstanding Ornamental plants from the Overton Experiment Station

  • 2002 - Keith Hansen - Smith Co Horticulturist, webmaster Smith Co, TX, "East Texas Gardening," and weekly garden column - Tyler Morning Telegraph.

  • 2001 - Dr. David Creech - Stephen F Austin University, establishing your gardens.  Rick Hirsch, gave the program when Dr. Creech, was unable to attend the event.

Dave Creech - Dr. Creech is semi-retired and currently directs SFA Gardens, a 68-acre on campus horticultural resource. SFA Gardens includes 1) the 10-acre SFA Mast Arboretum, an on-campus resource that has enjoyed steady growth, development, utilization and visitation since its inception in 1985. 2) the 8-acre "Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden", which opened in 2000. This high pine canopy garden features over a mile of trails, 6000+ azaleas, over 200 varieties of Japanese maples, camellias and hydrangeas, plus numerous other special collections, 3) the 42-acre SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center, only the third garden affiliated with the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas (co directed with Dr. James C. Kroll), and 4) the 8-acre Gayla Mize Garden, a new garden under development since 2011..


Robert "Skip" Richter - Has served as the Extension Agent in Harris, Travis and Montgomerty counties for the Texas A & M AgriLife Extension Service. He is the author of Texas Month-by-Month Gardening and a contributor to "Texas Gardening" magazine.




Dr. Steve George - Professor and Extension Horticulturist Texas A & M AgriLife Extension Service has created the Earth-Kind® Environmental Landscape Management System and serves as National Coordinator of the Earth-Kind® Rose Program.





Dr. William C. "Bill" Welch -  well known author of books on horticulture, professor at Texas A & M, known for his landscape courses nationwide, well known lecturer. 





Steven L. Chamblee - Chief Horticulturist for Chandor Gardens in Weatherford. Mr. Chamblee designs custom landscapes, serves as consulting editor, and writer for Neil Sperry's GARDENS magazine, well known lecturer, authors a monthly e-newsletter column entitled "Native Son.




Greg Grant - know as a lecturer, called Texas

 plantsman extraordinaire for the numerous plants that he has introduced. Co-author of 2 books, "Home Landscaping - Texas" and "Southern Heirloom Gardens" and writes a column for the "Texas Gardener" magazine called "In Greg's Garden." 




Steve Huddleston - Senior Horticulturist at Fort Worth Botanical Gardens spoke on "Native Plants to Attract Butterflies and Birds to Your Garden", author of the new book "Easy Gardens for North Central Texas."   Contributor to "Neil Sperry's Gardens" magazine and to "Dallas/Forth Worth House and Garden" magazine.  




Elvin McDonald -  has always had keen interest in gardening.  At the age of 14 he was trying to grow gloxinias in his little lean-to greenhouse on his parents' farm in the Panhandle of Oklahoma, and after some disappointing results, he wrote the Flower Grower magazine, for help.  He received numerous letters with suggestions, and this started a career in gardening and writing about gardening. 




Chris Weisinger - at age 6 he bought his first bulb, set it out watched it grow, bloom and wither away, but kept the gardeners faith that it would come back. Working on his Master's Degree at Texas A & M, he wrote a research paper, how can you apply your education to a business.  He now has Southern Bulb Company, a supplier of Southern Heirloom bulbs, grown in the heat and humidity of the South, that will thrive and multiply .



Lucinda Hutson - author and lecturer, with a knowledge of the Spanish language, their cooking, and use of herbs. Has traveled extensively looking for herbs, and how they are used in local recipes. Also know for her unique house in Austin, and special gardens. Her books reflects the theme "Life Is A Fiesta With Lucinda".



Neil Sperry - known for "Neil Sperry's Complete Guide To Texas Gardening" the most widely read gardening book in Texas. His radio talk show is heard all over the state.  His weekly gardening articles appear in newspapers over the state.  Number one garden speaker in Texas.  


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