Neil Sperry grew up in College Station, the son of a professor and head librarian. He attended Texas A&M, but transferred to The Ohio State University, where he completed both his B.S. and M.S. degrees in horticulture. His name has been synonymous with Texas gardening since 1970.
Radio: Neil broadcasts weekends over DFW powerhouse radio station WBAP NEWS/TALK 820 AM, which follows a very successful 30-year career at KRLD Dallas/Fort Worth. Additionally, he broadcasts to more than 50 stations statewide with his daily Plant Talk Texas and weekend Texas Lawn and Garden Hour.
Newspapers: Neil is the featured weekend garden columnist with the Fort Worth Star Telegram, San Antonio Express News, Dallas Morning News and 15 other newspapers across the state.
Books: Neil Sperry’s Complete Guide to Texas Gardening is the 4th best-selling gardening hardcover book in American history. Neil self-published Neil Sperry’s Lone Star Gardening (Texas’ Complete Planting Guide and Gardening Calendar), released in April 2014. It is available only from www.neilsperry.com or by calling 1 (800) 752-4769.
Professional Recognition: Inducted into Texas Radio Hall of Fame (October 18, 2003)
American Garden Communicator of the Year (American Association of Nurserymen)
Man of the Year in Texas Agriculture (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension)
Garden Communicators Association of America: top awards for his radio and television broadcasts, book, magazine and calendar
Personal Recognition: Citizen of the Year, McKinney Texas (2003). Wife Lynn received same award in 2006
Volunteer of the Year, McKinney Texas (shared with wife in 1997)
Collin County Living Legends (with wife, 2007)
Local Involvement: Both Neil and Lynn serve on many boards in McKinney and the surrounding area.
Neil was a founding force in the Crape Myrtle Trails of McKinney, and both he and Lynn serve on its board. For that work with crape myrtles and the school children of McKinney, Neil was awarded the National Conservation Award of the Daughters of the American Revolution in 2014.
Neil served on the board of the Volunteer Services Council of the Denton State Supported Living Center (“Denton State School”) for more than 20 years.
Both Neil and his wife serve on the Serenity High advisory board, and all of Neil’s fundraising activities are directed toward that school and McKinney Education Foundation.
Family: Neil and Lynn have been happily married and building their life together since 1967. They are charter members of Christ the Servant Lutheran Church in Allen. They are proud parents of Brian, Todd and Erin, and the equally proud grandparents of Sam, Alex, Audrey, Lauren, Ella, Joseph and Nolan.
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