Greg Grant

Stephen F. Austin State University
Nacogdoches, TX


Greg Grant is Lecturer in the School of Horticulture at Stephen F. Austin State University. He was formerly the Cherokee county Horticulturist with the Texas Cooperative Extension in Rusk. He is also co-author, with William C. Welch, of the Southern Heirloom Garden (1995, Taylor Publishing, Dallas, Texas) and a regular contributor to Neil Sperry's Gardens magazine. He has traveled extensively to botanical and public gardens throughout the United States and Europe and is a popular public speaker in the southern United States.

He lives in Jacksonville and has a farm near Center where he gardens.


Post graduate work in horticulture, Louisiana State University, GPA 3.45.

M.AGR... in Horticulture, December, 1986. Texas A&M University. GPA 3.75.

High School
: Longview High School, Longview, Texas. 1981. Class rank: 14/450. Honors: Freshman Class President, Sophomore Class President, Key Club President, Band President, Honor Society President, Award of Excellence in Music.

Instructor, Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, Texas, teaching Ornamental Horticulture. September, 1996 - He is also on the advisory board of the Stephen F. Austin State University Arboretum.

Professional: Director of Research and Development, Lone Star growers, San Antonio, Texas. 1992 - October, 1996. Worked with new product development, marketing, and public relations for one of the largest wholesale container nursery operation in the South.

, Louisiana State University. 1991. Taught General Horticulture, Plant Propagation, and respective labs. Conducted applied research on bedding plants (bulbs, perennials, annuals). Managed Burden Research Plantation rose garden. Faculty advisor to the LSU Horticulture Club.

Graduate Research Assistant: Louisiana State University Department of Horticulture. 1990. Conducted research on freezing resistance of St. Augustine grass, maintained turfgrass field plots, and assisted with research and teaching.

County Extension Agent-Horticulture: Texas Agriculture Extension Service, San Antonio, Texas, May, 1987 to October, 1989. Wrote weekly column for San Antonio Express News, broadcast weekly garden show on WOAI radio with Bill McReynolds, appeared in select KENS-TV gardening programs, answered approximately 1,000 gardening inquiries on the phone, in person, and through the mail each month, worked with homeowners, nurserymen, and Extension Horticulture Committee to market, promote, and educate in the field of horticulture in Bexar County, and gave numerous public programs on various horticulture topics. Served as advisor to the San Antonio Botanical Society Board of Directors.

Alston Nursery and Garden Center, Port Arthur, Texas. January to May, 1987. Actively involved in sales, stocking, ordering, displays, and consultation at a complete garden center specializing in the production of bedding plants.

Extension Assistant in Horticulture
: Texas A&M University, September, 1985 to December, 1986. Assisted state horticultural specialists, gave home gardening programs, answered questions through the mail and over the phone, etc.

Antique Rose Emporium, Brenham, Texas. January to December, 1986. Sold antique roses, perennials, and Texas natives on weekends and holidays.

- Fincastle Nursery and Farms, LaRue, Texas, Summer, 1986. Did work in grape training, apple budding, pecan training, raspberry training, blueberry grading, vegetable marketing, soil and tissue analysis, etc. Also worked in the retail gift shop/nursery. Completed a detailed customer survey dealing with pick-your-own operations and customer relations for masters program.

Crape Myrtle Research:
Fall, 1986 Scholarship grant. Did work in selecting improved varieties of crape myrtles grown from hybridized irradiated seed.

Lab Instructor:
Texas A&M University. Spring, 1986. Taught Horticulture 206, Woody Ornamentals lab.

Horticulture Club:
Dallas County Agricultural Extension Service, Dallas, Texas. February to August, 1985. Answered approximately 1,000 horticultural inquiries on the phone, through the mail, and in person each month.

Student Worker:
Texas A&M Turfgrass Field Laboratory, College Station, Texas. January to December, 1984. Duties included mowing, fertilizing, spraying, weeding, experimental work, and other odd jobs.

Landscape Maintenance:
Longview, Texas. 1979 to 1981. Did landscaping and landscape maintenance during weekends, holidays, and summers.

Member: Garden Writers Association of America (Regional Director)
Member: Southern Garden History Society
Member: American Plant Life Society
Member: Texas Association of Nurserymen (Master Texas Certified Nurseryman)
Member: Southern Nurserymen's Association
Member: San Antonio Botanical Society
Member: Texas Master Gardener

Pi Alpha Xi Honor Society
Certified Texas Nurseryman
TAMU Dean's List
TAMU Distinguished Student
Green Thumb Garden Club Scholarship