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, 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 hardback in American history.
Released in April 2014 Neil Sperry’s Lone Star Gardening (Texas’ Complete Planting Guide and Gardening Calendar). Neil self-published this book. 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)
January 31, 2019 I stood alongside Lynn as the ribbon was cut and the name was announced (a complete surprise) for the Sperry Performing Arts Center at McKinney High School. In theory, the center is named for both of us, but it is 98 percent to Lynn’s credit. She joined the McKinney ISD board of trustees in 1984 and still serves. She is a staunch supporter of fine arts in public education. Her reaction to the announcement was priceless. Click to watch.
Local Involvement: 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 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.
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.
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.
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!