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About stephaniesuesansmith

Stephanie Suesan Smith mainly uses her Ph.D. in clinical psychology to train her dogs. She is also a master gardener, member of the Garden Writer’s Association, and woodworker. Stephanie writes on almost any nonfiction topic and has had some unusual experiences that contribute to that ability. Getting pooped on by a rattlesnake probably ranks tops there, but things just seem to happen to her. View more of them at View her photos at

Hunt County Master Gardeners 2018 TOUR OF GARDENS


Late Fall Vegetables

LATE FALL VEGETABLES – Byron Chitwood After our hot summers, we are all looking forward for a change to a cool fall.  With this cooler weather coming on, now is the time to plan for late fall vegetables in our garden plots.  The first ones that come to mind are turnips and beets.  Both of these vegetables are prized for both their greens and roots.  Both can be planted from mid- August through the end of September.  After cleanup of the spaces allocated for the two vegetables, till… Read More →

Art Of Gardening Talk July 16, 2015

The Art of Gardening talk is coming up on July 16, 2015 at 6 pm.  See the flyer below for all the details.

Fall Tomatoes

Fall Tomatoes by Byron Chitwood. It might sound like it is too early to plant fall tomatoes, especially when the ones that were planted in the spring are at the height of their production.  However, if fall tomatoes are expected to mature before the frost gets them, they should be planted now or very soon.  Unfortunately, not many transplants are available this time of the year, but if you are lucky enough to find some, buy and plant them as soon as possible. They will require more care… Read More →

Water Wise Ways

Water Wise Ways by Byron Chitwood We are currently out of the woods on water supply and soil moisture compared to what we have been through in the past.  However, knowing Texas and the hot summers, there is no time to conserve like the present.  We might need to do that in the present. First of all some facts are that agriculture and water management are a global issue.  The population is increasing while the supply of water worldwide remains about stable.  Less than 3% of the world’s… Read More →

Texas Turf Grass

Texas Turf Grass by Wanda Loras. Seven years ago, I moved to Hunt County.  My neighbors told me the soil in our neighborhood would not grow anything.  I had many oak trees, sand, weeds and a miniscule amount of Bermuda grass.  In my ignorance of what was best for my site, I chose St. Augustine grass. It would take a book to explain all the problems I have encountered with my St. Augustine turf in the last six years.  Due to diseases and not understanding how important soil… Read More →

Notable Texas Public Gardens, Continued

Notable Texas Public Gardens, Continued by June Morgan Venturing further from the Greenville area and going east and south are The Tyler Rose Garden, The East Texas Arboretum, The Riverside Nature Center, Peckerwood Garden, The Lynn R. Lowrey Arboretum, The San Antonio Botanical Garden, Moody Gardens, Shangri La Botanical Gardens, Beaumont Botanical Gardens, Mercer Arboretum, and The Houston Arboretum. The Rose Garden Center, with its museum and gift shop, serves as the gateway to the Tyler Municipal Rose Garden and is located at 420 South Rose Park Drive… Read More →

eGardening Newsletter for April

Late Spring Gardening

Late Spring Gardening by Byron Chitwood This spring has been a wet one, so much so that gardeners were unable to get in some vegetables such as lettuce and spinach.  Also late to get planted were the Cole family including broccoli, cabbage and kale.  They are still for sale in your favorite nursery or do it yourself stores so if you have not planted them yet, go ahead and give it a try.  I planted some of these earlier but for some reason, the broccoli bolted and flowered… Read More →

Monarchs: From Miracle to Disaster