Plant Nut, Greg GrantJul 28th, 2012 | By Cecilia | Category: guest bio, the show
Greg Grant is a horticulturist, naturalist, garden writer, and plant developer from Arcadia, Texas.
He is co-author of Home Landscaping-Texas (2004), The Southern Heirloom Garden (1995), and sole author of Texas Fruit & Vegetable Gardening, Plant, Grow, and Eat the Best Edibles for Texas Gardens (2012).
He writes the popular “In Greg’s Garden” column for Texas Gardener magazine. He currently serves as the SFA Gardens Outreach Research Associate in a half-time mode.
He has degrees in floriculture and horticulture, both from Texas A&M University and has attended post graduate classes at Louisiana State University, North Carolina State University, and Stephen F. Austin State University.
He has experience as a horticulturist at Mercer Arboretum and San Antonio Botanical Gardens, an instructor at Stephen F. Austin and Louisiana State Universities, an award winning horticulturist with the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, director of research and development at Lone Star Growers, and on the staff of Naconiche Gardens and The Antique Rose Emporium.
Greg has introduced a number of successful new plants to the Texas nursery industry including: Blue Princess and Pinwheel Princess verbenas, Gold Star esperanza, Laura Bush and VIP petunias, John Fanick phlox, Stars and Stripes pentas, Pam’s Pink honeysuckle, LeCompte and Salinas pink vitex, Henry and Augusta Deulberg sages, Big Momma and Pam Puryear Turk’s Cap, Mary Helen Fredel crossvine, and the Marie Daly and Nacogdoches roses.
He has traveled extensively to hundreds of botanical gardens throughout the United States and Europe and has given over a thousand entertaining lectures. He is a graduate of the Benz School of Floral Design, a member of the Garden Writers Association of America, and a lifetime member of the Native Plant Society of Texas, the Southern Garden History Society, and the Big Thicket Association.
His garden and farm have been featured in a number of books and magazines including Texas Gardener, Woman’s Day, and The Dallas Morning News.
Greg lives in deep East Texas in his great-grandparent’s old dogtrot house, where he tends terriers Rosie and Molly, a yard full of laying hens, a patch of sugar cane, a forest full of endangered trilliums, and one hundred bluebird houses.