Master gardeners gather March 3


The 2018 Spring Gardening Seminar, hosted by the Gregg County Master Gardeners, will be held on Saturday, March 3 in Longview.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the program begins at 9 a.m. Seminar speakers in the First United Methodist Church Faith Center (400 N. Fredonia St. in Longview) include Dr. Joe Masabni and Keith Hansen. This seminar is a great opportunity to hear two knowledgeable and entertaining lecturers.

Masabni, an expert in vegetable production, holds BS, MS and PhD degrees from Michigan State University in Crop & Soil Sciences, Pomology and Weed Science. Since 2008, he has been the Assistant Professor and Extension Small-Acreage Vegetable Specialist at the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experimental station in Overton, Texas. Joe’s seminar topics will be on: “Vegetable Gardening in East Texas” and “Herb Gardening.”

Hansen has been a horticulture specialist for more than 30 years. He holds BS and MS degrees in Horticulture from Texas A & M University. His graduate studies were done at University of California. From 1992 to 2015, Keith served as the Smith County AgriLife Extension Agent. Currently, he owns East Texas Gardening, Tyler, Texas. He is an expert speaker on gardening and horticulture. Keith’s seminar topic will be “Critters in the Landscape”.

An “Ask a Master Gardener” table will be available to answer gardening questions during the breaks. Each person will receive a Seminar notebook. Complimentary refreshments, door prizes, garden-related vendors, and a raffle will be part of the Seminar’s activities.

Advance tickets are $10 or $12 at the door. For tickets and information call Gregg County AgriLife Extension Office, 903-236-8429. Visit website: on Facebook at