Greg Grant is a horticulturist, conservationist, garden writer, and seventh generation Texan from Arcadia, Texas. He is co-author of the newly released Heirloom Gardening in the South-Yesterday's Plants for Today's Gardens (2011, Texas A&M Press), In Greg's Garden-A Pineywoods Perspective on Gardening, Nature, and Family (2010, Kindle e-book), Home Landscaping-Texas (2004) and The Southern Heirloom Garden (1995). He is currently working on A Texas Guide to Growing Fruits and Vegetables (Cool Spring Press). He also writes the popular "In Greg's Garden" column for Texas Gardener magazine, contributes regularly to Neil Sperry's Gardens magazine, and writes a monthly gardening blog for Arbor Gate Nursery (aborgate.com). He serves as a part time research associate for garden outreach at Stephen F. Austin State University's SFA Gardens in Nacogdoches, 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 past experience as a horticulturist with the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 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 plants to the Texas nursery industry including: Blue Princess verbena, dwarf pink Mexican petunia, Gold Star esperanza, Laura Bush and VIP petunias, John Fanick phlox, Stars and Stripes pentas, Pam's Pink honeysuckle, Lecompte vitex, Henry and Augusta Duelberg sages, Big Momma and Pam Puryear Turk's Cap, Peppermint Flare Hibiscus, and the Marie Daly and Nacogdoches (Grandma's Yellow) roses. He was presented the Superior Service Award by the Texas Agricultural Extension Service and the Lynn Lowery Memorial Award by the Native Plant Society of Texas for horticultural achievement in the field of Texas native plants.
He has traveled extensively to hundreds of botanical gardens throughout the United States and Europe and has given over one 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, the Texas Bluebird Society, and the Big Thicket Association. His garden, farm, and plant introductions have been featured in a number of magazines and newspapers including Texas Gardener, Texas Live, Woman's Day, Farm and Ranch News, The Daily Sentinel, The Dallas Morning News, The San Antonio Express News, and The Houston Chronicle.
Greg lives in deep East Texas in his great-great grandparent's restored old dogtrot farmhouse, where he tends terriers Rosie and Molly, a patch of sugar cane, a forest full of rare trilliums, and over one hundred bluebird houses.