About Neil Sperry
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. That 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 featured garden columnist weekend with the Fort Worth Star Telegram, San Antonio Express News and 15 other newspapers across the state.
Magazine and Calendar: Neil owns and, since 1987, has published Neil Sperry’s GARDENS Magazine. Since 1984, he has published an annual Texas Gardening Calendar.
Book: Neil Sperry’s Complete Guide to Texas Gardening is the 4th best-selling gardening hardback in American history.
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 AgriLife Extension)
Garden Writers Association of America: top awards for his radio and television broadcasts, book, magazine and calendar
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)
Both Neil and Lynn serve on many various boards in McKinney and the surrounding area.
Neil was a founding force in the Crape Myrtle Trails of McKinney and both serve on its board.
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.
Lynn has been on the McKinney School Board since 1984 and has served as its secretary, vice-president and president.
Lynn was a founding force for the McKinney Education Foundation, and is board member Emeritus.
Both serve on the Serenity High advisory board, and all of Neil’s fund-raising activities are directed toward that school and MEF.
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.
From Neil: The Miracles of Ella Grace Sperry
You have heard or read my references to our seven grandchildren Sam, Alex, Audrey, Lauren, Ella, Joseph and Nolan. They are the light of my life. Ella’s parents have given me permission to share her special journey with you. Born February 18, 2007, with a cleft lip and cleft palate, Ella has parents who have instilled great confidence and self esteem in this beautiful little girl. Great blessings and medical care professionals have only made her more gorgeous. Click here to see the transformation. She’ll win your heart!