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 where he graduated A&M Consolidated High School as Salutatorian and Student Body President. 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.
While in high school and at Texas A&M University he owned and operated a nursery. From 1970 to 1977, he worked as a Horticulture Specialist for the Texas Cooperative Extension.
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 WBAP.
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.
Books by order of publication:
- Complete Guide to Texas Gardening: Landscapes, Lawns, Fruit, and Vegetables 1991
- Neil Sperry’s Gardening GreenBook – 1993
- 1001 Most Asked Texas Gardening Questions – 1997
- Neil Sperry’s Lone Star Gardening: Texas’ Complete Planting Guide and Gardening Calendar( copyright 2014)