Greg Grant is an award-winning horticulturist, writer, conservationist, and seventh-generation Texan from Arcadia, Texas. He is author of In Greg’s Garden – A Pineywoods Perspective on Gardening, Nature, and Family and Texas Fruit and Vegetable Gardening, and co-author of Heirloom Gardening in the South, Texas Home Landscaping, and The Rose Rustlers. He also writes the popular “In Greg’s Garden” column for Texas Gardener magazine and writes a monthly “Greg’s Ramblings” blog. His real job, however, is the Smith County horticulturist for the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in Tyler, Texas.
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 previous experience as a horticulturist with SFA Gardens, Mercer Arboretum, and San Antonio Botanical Gardens, an instructor at Stephen F. Austin and Louisiana State Universities, a director of research and development at Lone Star Growers, and with the famed Antique Rose Emporium.
He was presented the Superior Service Award by the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, the Lynn Lowery Memorial Award by the Native Plant Society of Texas for horticultural achievement in the field of Texas native plants, and the Lone Star Land Steward Award by Texas Parks and Wildlife. Heirloom Gardening in the South was also a Garden Writers Association Silver Award recipient.
He has traveled extensively to hundreds of botanical gardens throughout the United States and Europe and has given over one thousand entertaining, story-filled 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 Texas Bluebird Society. His garden, farm, and plant introductions have been featured in many magazines and newspapers including Southern Living, Woman’s Day, Texas Gardener, Neil Sperry’s Gardens, The Dallas Morning News, The Houston Chronicle, and The San Antonio Express News.