Neil Sperry

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Neil Sperry is a Texas gardening and horticulture expert known for his books, magazine, radio program, and annual gardening show. Sperry was born and raised in College Station, Texas[1] where he graduated A&M Consolidated High School as Salutatorian and Student Body President.[citation needed] He attended Texas A&M University and earned horticulture degrees from Ohio State University. He married his wife Lynn in 1967, and they now live in McKinney, Texas.[1]

While in high school and at Texas A&M University he owned and operated a nursery.[citation needed] From 1970 to 1977, he worked as a Horticulture Specialist for the Texas Cooperative Extension.[citation needed]

Neil Sperry hosted a radio show on Dallas station KRLD 1080-AM for over thirty years. On his February 13, 2010 broadcast, Sperry informed his audience that KRLD was exercising a 180-day opt-out clause in their contract. His broadcasting there ended in summer 2010. He now hosts a show on KTCK-FM.

Two of Sperry's books have become favorites of Texas gardeners. His Complete Guide to Texas Gardening (published 1982 with a second edition in 1991), has been popularly known as the "boot book," in reference to its cover art. It remained a primary reference for Texas gardeners until the publication of Neil Sperry's Lone Star Gardening in 2014. This 344-page book contains comprehensive plant listings and more than 800 photographs taken by Sperry, an avid photographer.[2]


  • Neil Sperry's Lone Star Gardening: Texas' Complete Planting Guide and Gardening Calendar (ISBN 978-0-9916207-0-8; copyright 2014)
  • Neil Sperry's Complete Guide to Texas Gardening (ISBN 978-0878337996), "the 4th best-selling gardening hardback in American history."[1]
  • 1001 Most Asked Texas Gardening Questions (ISBN 978-1565302297)
  • Complete Guide to Texas Gardening: Landscapes, Lawns, Fruit, and Vegetables (ASIN B000MAMD7G)
  • Gardening GreenBook Just For Texas (ASIN B000O7Y9ZG)
  • Neil Sperry's Gardening GreenBook (ASIN B000O825ZQ)
  • Neil Sperry's Texas Gardening (ASIN B0017GX06W)
  • Gardens magazine (1987-May/June 2015)[3]
  • Neil Sperry's Gardens electronic magazine (July 2015- )


  • Texas Gardening (1980-date), a paid-programming weekly talk-show on KRLD and 60 other radio stations.[1] On July 10, 2010, his talk show on KRLD moved to WBAP. Neil Sperry broadcast 1,573 weekends during his tenure at KRLD.


  • His weekly gardening column appears in 20 Texas newspapers.[1]


  • American Garden Communicator of the Year (American Association of Nurserymen)[1]
  • American Garden Communicator of the Year (United States Land Grant Universities)[citation needed]
  • Man of the Year in Texas Agriculture (The Texas Cooperative Extension of Texas A&M) [1]
  • Member, Texas Radio Hall of Fame, inducted October 18, 2003.[1]
  • Volunteers of the Year, McKinney[1]
  • McKinney Citizen of the Year, 2003[1]
  • Collin County Living Legends, 2007[1]

Charitable Work[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o About Neil Sperry, Neil Sperry's GARDENS, retrieved 2008-11-30
  2. ^ and Neil Sperry's Lone Star Gardening: Texas' Complete Planting Guide and Gardening Calendar
  3. ^ Neil Sperry's Gardens Magazine, retrieved 2008-11-30

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