Star of Bethlehem replaces jonquils in spring beauty

This humble little bulb seems to pop up where you least expect it. I have seen it growing all around the Tyler area in old yards, in fields and along country roadsides. Star of Bethlehem (O 16 April 2014 [11:59 PM]

Native azaleas thrive in cool, shaded areas

Our native azaleas are so beautiful and smell heavenly. Often called wild honeysuckle bush, Rhodendron canescens grows along wooded creek banks in deciduous hardwoods of the South. It grows 10 April 2014 [12:24 AM]

These plants can make a statement in your yard

Have you ever looked at your yard and thought, “This needs something to jazz it up?” Something to make it more than just another ho-hum planting of “round green meatballs&r 10 April 2014 [12:22 AM]

Dogwoods signal arrival of spring

I think of all the beautiful spring wildflowers, our native dogwood is appreciated and anticipated more than any other. Rightly so, too. With its pristine white blossoms sprinkled throughou 02 April 2014 [11:37 PM]

From edibles to grass to flowers, things ramp up in garden

Springtime! Finally azaleas and other spring flowers are bursting into their spring glory. This is a perfect time for not only enjoying the fabulous scenery and landscapes in East Texas, but 02 April 2014 [11:35 PM]

Gardeners can find great variety of succulents

Succulent plants have always fascinated me no end. My love for these fun little plants began when I was 4 or 5 years old. My “old” aunt loved them and had lots of different kind 26 March 2014 [11:21 PM]

Recent News

AgriLife Extension lauds Smith Master Gardeners

Last week was National Volunteer Week, and Smith County Master Gardeners, a volunteer program of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, celebrated 21 years of volunteer service to the people of Smith County during an awards and recognition program. In…

17 April 2014 [12:01 AM]
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Native azaleas thrive in cool, shaded areas

Our native azaleas are so beautiful and smell heavenly. Often called wild honeysuckle bush, Rhodendron canescens grows along wooded creek banks in…

10 April 2014 [12:24 AM]
dogwoods-signal-arrival-of-spring
Dogwoods signal arrival of spring

I think of all the beautiful spring wildflowers, our native dogwood is appreciated and anticipated more than any other. Rightly so, too.…

02 April 2014 [11:37 PM]
Bishop to discuss container gardening on "First Tuesday'

Dee Bishop, a Smith County Master Gardener, is scheduled to discuss container gardening during the First Tuesday in the Garden lecture series, noon April 1 in the IDEA Garden. Ms. Bishop has extensive knowledge about container gardening and she has…

26 March 2014 [11:23 PM]
'Gardening Around the Patio' set for March 28

The Smith County AgriLife Extension will present a program about container gardening, “Gardening Around the Patio,” 2 to 4 p.m. March 28 at the AgriLife Extension office, 1517 W. Front St., room 116. The free program is will address soil…

19 March 2014 [11:57 PM]
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Pearl bush can take the heat and cold

Old-time pearl bush (Exochorda racemosa) is a lovely old pass-along plant. Straight from our grandmother’s yard, this old shrub is always dependable.…

19 March 2014 [11:56 PM]
Organized landscaping a must

Have you every fallen in love with a plant at a nursery and decided to you just had to have it? You take it home, and then wander about, wondering where you can put your newly acquired plant? No? Then…

19 March 2014 [11:54 PM]