May 16, 2022 - “Houston, we have a pollinator problem.” And since we, as humans, are 100% of the problem and we, as gardeners, are fully complicit; it’s our duty and obligation to do something about it. And when I say “we,” I certainly include “me,” because I’ve done my damaging part, not intentionally, but in ignorant horticultural bliss.
Our gardens, our neighborhoods, our cities, our farms, and our beloved wild Texas has serious issues that need addressing; now, not later.
March 15, 2022 - The Smith County Master Gardeners have once again partnered with Tyler’s Carnegie Public Library to offer the “Master Gardeners at the Library” lecture series, focusing on relevant gardening topics for Smith County and the surrounding area.
March 9, 2022 - Greg Grant will be conducting a controlled burn on his 20 acres of longleaf pine in Arcadia on Sunday, March 13. In addition to creating a scenic, open, park-like pine forest and promoting native grasses and wildflowers, regular prescribed fire reduces fuel loads, decreasing the chance of catastrophic fires during the summer; controls underbrush, diseases, and insects; and promotes wildlife habitat for deer, turkey, quail, pollinators, and pine savanna songbirds.
December 29, 2021 - The annual East Texas Fruit, Nut and Vegetable Conference, Friday, January 14 at the Cross Brand Cowboy Church (11915 FM 2015, Tyler, Texas 75708) will offer both professional and amateur gardeners tips on blackberries, blueberries, fire ants, native fruits and nuts, pecan grafting, peppers, and tomatoes.
May 20, 2021 - The Smith County Master Gardeners have once again partnered with Tyler’s Carnegie Public Library to offer the “Master Gardeners at the Library” lecture series, focusing on relevant gardening topics for Smith County and the surrounding area.
May 6, 2021 - The Smith County Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Horticultural Education Committee will be hosting a spring landscape seminar Friday, May 28 from 9:00 AM - 12:00 noon at the Tyler Rose Garden Center. The program is $20 and will address dealing with dead or damaged plants from the recent Big Freeze as well as beautiful new and proven plants to replace them with.
The seminar will be followed by the formal dedication of the newly designated Tyler Botanical Garden, located in the south area of the Tyler Rose Garden.
April 5, 2021 - The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will be hosting “Growing and Grubbing with Greg” each Thursday morning from 9am to Noon on April 8, 15, 22, and 29. The classes are free and open to the public.