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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.


PresidentDavid Creech
Vice PresidentBarbara Stump
SecretarySherrie Randall
TreasurerDonna Vandermolen

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Past event highlights

May 17th, 2024:  Chapter members and guests met at the J. Berry Nursery in Grand Saline, Texas.  Brook McCown gave us a wonderful tour thru her plant research plots and all aspects of their propagation process.  Lunch followed with a brief business meeting.

Lunch/business meeting attendees: starting left: David Creech, Donna Vandermolen, Christy Wild, Betty Roth, Betty Horne, Judy Kugle, Carol Power (photo by Sherrie Randall)
One of the research test plots at J. Berry Nursery (photo by David Creech)

March 25th, 2023: President David Creech was a guest speaker at the Cherokee County Master Gardeners Spring Conference. The chapter hosted a booth to promote the Azalea Society, as well as sell azaleas.

Members Tammy Purser, Donna Vandermolen and new member Carol Power.
Photo by Sherrie Randall

Conference location: First Christian Church at 1920 Beaumont St, Jacksonville, TX from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Photo from Chapter November meeting; welcomed new member Nary Voss, fourth from left, with a Coral Bells azalea. Photo by Sherri Randall

The Texas Chapter of the Azalea Society of America awarded $500 scholarships to SFA horticulture majors Kaitlyn Skelton and Luke Keene. Profits from the Chapter’s azalea plant sale held during the Spring Fling at the Nacogdoches Farmer’s market funded these scholarships. Presenting the certificates is Dr. David Creech, President of the Texas Chapter and Director of the SFA gardens.

Photo by Sherrie Randall

Photo by Sherrie Randall

April 23, 2022, trip to IDEA garden in Tyler, Texas, followed by lunch, meeting, tour of the Longview Arboretum and Gardens.

Photo by Sherrie Randall

Photo by Sherrie Randall

April 2, 2022 – Chapter plant sale @ the Nacogdoches Farmers Market; 91 plants sold, 1 new membership, proceeds to fund two $500 horticulture scholarships.

Photo by David Creech

June 2019, Chapter presented two horticulture scholarships to Hailey Dunbar, sophomore, and Jevon Richeson, junior, students of Dr. Jared Barnes, assistant professor of Horticulture at Stephen F. Austin State University.

Photo by Sherrie Randall

April 13, 2019 – Forest Hill, LA. Chapter members visited the Larry Bates Nursery which propagates over 300 different camellia cultivars. The members were in awe of the beautifully landscaped nursery and friendliness of owners. Cars/trucks were loaded down with purchases. Larry’s suggestion, visit in the fall when a multitude will be in bloom.

March 30, 2019 – Very successful Chapter plant sale at the Nacogdoches Farmers Market: 80 plants sold, and four new memberships!

Photo by Ginger Boswell

October 18, 2018 – Orange, TX. Chapter held its Fall meeting at the Shangri La Botanical Gardens & Nature Center. Director, and Chapter member, Rick Lewandowski led us on a tour of the beautiful grounds. Lunch and business meeting followed.

Photo by Mary Beth Hagood

Photo by Mary Beth Hagood

June 2018 – Chapter presented its first horticulture scholarship to Cierra Krause, sophomore student at Stephen F. Austin State University.

Photo by Sherrie Randall

March 24, 2018 – Nacogdoches TX. Spring meeting held at Charles & Sharon Bradberry’s home. Members treated to lunch and tour of their garden.

March 17, 2018 – Jasper TX. Chapter held a very successful plant sale at the Jasper Azalea Festival. Buddy Lee officially recognized Jasper as an Azalea City.

Photo by Mary Beth Hagood

Photo by Mary Beth Hagood

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

Photo by Sherrie Randall

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 (www.mfah.org). 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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