Neil Sperry- Plant Talk Texas

Neil Sperry's name has been synonymous with Texas gardening since 1970.

He has broadcast over KRLD (1080 AM) in the Dallas/Fort Worth area since May, 1980. "Neil Sperry's Texas Gardening" is heard Saturday and Sunday mornings 8 until 11. Additionally his daily and weekend radio programs are heard on more than 60 stations statewide via the Texas State Network.

Neil owns and publishes Neil Sperry's GARDENS Magazine. He publishes an annual Texas Gardening Calendar which features another of his loves, garden photography. He is the author of Neil Sperry's Complete Guide to Texas Gardening, the 4th best-selling gardening hardback in American history. Neil also is featured weekly in 20 Texas newspapers, including the Fort Worth Star Telegram and the San Antonio Express News.

Neil has been recognized by his peers. He was selected as American Garden Communicator of the Year by the American Association of Nurserymen. The Texas Cooperative Extension of Texas A&M identified him as Man of the Year in Texas Agriculture. The Garden Writers Association of America has given his book, magazine, radio and television programs their top national awards.

Neil was inducted into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame on October 18, 2003.

On a personal note, Neil and his wife are very active in their hometown of McKinney.

Neil and Lynn were named Volunteers of the Year for McKinney in 1997.

Neil was named Citizen of the Year for McKinney in 2003. Lynn was named Citizen of the Year for McKinney in 2006.

Both have served as members of the board of Avenues Counseling Center, and both have served as President of that board.

Both serve on the advisory board of Serenity High, the nation's only public recovery high school, and much of Neil's fund-raising work through his personal appearances and pen sales is directed toward that school.

Neil chairs the board and is a founding member of The Crape Myrtle Trails of McKinney. He chairs the board of the Volunteer Services Council of the Denton State School.

Lynn was a founding member of the McKinney Education Foundation. She has served on the McKinney School Board since 1984 and she recently represented 82 school districts to the Texas Association of School Boards Board of Trustees in Austin for 12 years.

Neil is a native Texan, having grown up in College Station. Both of his parents were on the faculty of Texas A&M. He attended Texas A&M, but his degrees in horticulture are from The Ohio State University.

Neil and Lynn have been married since 1967. They are members of Christ the Servant Lutheran Church in Allen. They are the proud parents of Brian, Todd and Erin, and the equally proud grandparents of Sam, Alex, Audrey, Lauren and Ella.

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