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The Texas chapter of the ASA was reorganized on January 1, 2007, from the previous Dallas chapter which was established in 1989. The reorganization opened membership to include Houston and East Texas. Since 2007, our chapter has grown to include members from Louisiana, Georgia and Arkansas.

Our meetings and special projects are generally rotated between Houston, Nacogdoches, and Tyler.

 next event(s)  

October 21,2017 – Nacogdoches, TX. Chapter hosting its annual azalea plant sale at the Nacogdoches Farmer’s Market.


President Robert Thau
Vice President Jeff Abt
Secretary Sherrie Randall
Treasurer Don Parsons

 past event highlights  

September 15, 2017 – Tyler, Texas. Tour of the Tyler Rose and IDEA gardens led by noted horticulturist and author, Greg Grant. Lunch/business meeting followed at Blue Moon Gardens in Edom, Texas.

Photo by Mary Beth Hagood

April 8, 2017 – Nacogdoches, Texas. Chapter meeting held at the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building on the campus of the Stephen F. Austin State University.

March 18, 2017 – The Chapter hosted a booth selling both evergreen and deciduous azaleas at the Jasper Texas Azalea festival. Our biggest seller…the deciduous azalea.

March 10, 2017 – Chapter traveled south to Jasper county in search of native azaleas. Led by local and native plant experts Jerrell and Darrell Durham, members trekked through uninhabited lands to view these beautiful flowering natives. One such viewing rewarded us with a spectacular display of spicebush swallowtail butterflies feasting on the flowering nectar.

Photo by Sherrie Randall

October 29, 2016 – Chapter held an azalea plant sale at the Nacogdoches Farmers’ Market.

Photo by Sherrie Randall

September 24, 2016 – Meeting held at the home of Chapter member Robert Thau in Jasper, TX. Robert presented a very informative hands-on demonstration on propagation. After our business meeting members toured Robert’s extensive azalea gardens.

Photo by Sherrie Randall

March 2, 2016, 10 am – 2 pm, at Bayou Bend Gardens, 6003 Memorial Drive, Houston, Texas 77265. Following a Chapter meeting, Bart Brechter, curator of gardens, presented an overview about Bayou Bend ( After a box lunch, Bart lead us on a tour of the gardens.

Photo by Mary Beth Hagood

October 26, 2012 – trip to Doremus Wholesale Nursery in Warren, Texas

June 28, 2012 – attended horticulture field day for the East Texas Ornamental plant evaluations at the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension center at Overton, Texas

April 14, 2012 – spring meeting held at the Tyler Junior college with speaker Steve Brainerd presenting “Water Wise Garden Design”

November 19, 2011 – fall trip to Bayou Bend Gardens in Houston, Texas

July 6, 2011 – Business meeting and lunch at Stephen F. Austin University in Nacogdoches, Texas

June 20, 2010 – Cutting party and picnic at Mike & Barbara Stump’s home in Nacogdoches, Texas


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