Who We Are

Plants of Texas is a community destination for flowers, family, and fun. Our family-owned garden center is one-stop destination for gardeners and families to discover superior plants and home gardening goods…and gather their family and friends for some homegrown Texas fun. Our goal is to help you grow beautiful gardens and fun family memories. 

Family owned & family grown, from bud to bloom.

What We Do

We strive to cultivate a one-stop-garden shop filled with homegrown garden goods. We want you and your family to not only find everything you need for home and garden projects, but also have an enjoyable and fun experience. From locally-grown plants specifically chosen for your Texas gardens; to fun indoor houseplants, vegetable and fruit varieties, beautiful pottery, quality soils & mulches, sturdy tools, garden furniture, gifts, and even some homegrown Plants of Texas preserves. We have everything needed to make the landscape and garden the very best it can be for everyone; novice and experienced gardeners alike!

Our staff is available to offer the advice and help you need whether you are starting a patio garden, landscaping your home, replacing a shrub or tree, or identifying pests or disease. We can help you select the right plants as well as offer delivery and installation, or planting tips for you to complete your project with confidence and success.

Our Staff

Brian Arnold

Brian Arnold

VP of Operations

Brian graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a degree in Horticulture in 2010. He is an avid outdoorsman with a great respect on how his career within the nursery business helps to benefit the ecosystem. Brian loves to educate the Plants of Texas customers on plant selections from installing a xeriscape perennial garden, to installing trees to create a wildlife sanctuary and everything in between. He feels that his niche within working with Plants of Texas is his love for trees and how they are used within a landscape or wildlife scape setting. Every tree is different within its own ways, but he leans towards the Black Gum as being his very favorite tree of all. If you have never checked them out, stop in and ask for Brian. He would love to tell you all about them.

 

Alison Bryant

Alison Bryant

VP of Marketing

Alison believes that relationships are the most vital component of any type of business transaction. She loves meeting new people and cultivating existing relationships. Alison values the time she gets to interact with the Plants of Texas customers, although, most of her time is spent working behind the scenes. You can still expect to see her and her children around on a busy weekend, so be sure to stop and say hello. Like most of her family, Alison graduated from Stephen F. Austin State University with a business degree. She brings 10+ years of corporate sales experience with her to Plants of Texas. She prides herself on loving houseplants since back before they were trendy and has a fiddle leaf fig tree that she is extra proud of. Her favorite décor in her home is her houseplant collection. Her most treasured time is that spent with her young children, husband, and family. She hopes to pass down the love of plants, relationships, and business to her own children one day because getting to do this with family is the most rewarding part.

 

 

Brenda Swagerty

Brenda Swagerty

Retail Manager est. 2016

For over 30 years, Brenda has worked in the nursery and retail nursery industry of North East Texas, specializing in retail garden management, customer service and custom growing of ornamental shrubs and perennials. Since 1993, she has been certified by the TNLACP. She is a seasoned interior-scape and landscape consultant working with homeowners, contractors and business owners. Her passion to educate people to increase their successes in gardening, be it large or small, has led her to teach classes not only at the retail center but, also to groups across the region, including Master Gardener’s groups, children’s groups, women’s groups and many more. From her many gardening and growing failures she has learned to count even the smallest of successes. Dedication, hard work, high expectations in customer service, seasonal trends and the latest plant selections along with a never ending need for continued education in horticulture have become the daily norm. It would be near impossible for Brenda to choose a favorite plant. However, her favorite types of plants include perennials, uncommon shrubs and xeric. When working in her home garden “keeping it simple” is the law of the land.
Outside of work a great deal of time is dedicated to family, friends and pets. Many a mile has been walked on the back end of a leash.

 

José Villegas

José Villegas

Plant Care Specialist/Customer Service est. 2017

Jose and his family originate from Guerrero, Mexico, moving to Texas in the late 1980’s. Having some knowledge in horticulture and farming prior to his move, setting roots in the Texas horticulture industry comes as no surprise. His love of all things plants, from propagation and growing to finished product, only grew over time. The absolute favorite plant for him is the Encore azalea, which says a lot about his history in the industry as he was part of the select nurseries to grow the original Encore azalea. At home, he enjoys a well maintained yard, paying special attention to his azalea collection.

 

Ermelanda Melendez

Ermelanda Melendez

Plant Care Specialist / Customer Service est. 2019

After moving with her family to Texas in 2004 from Queretaro, Mexico, Ermelanda found great pleasure in plants and trees, deciding to work in the horticulture/nursery industry.
Through her extensive nursery work history planting, trimming, fertilizing and using her skills for general growing and maintenance of trees, shrubs and colorful landscape plants, she has become a great asset to the retail garden industry. She loves camellias and they have become her favorite landscape plant at work as well as home. While at home she loves watering, pruning and cleaning the gardens as it has a tranquil effect.

 

Ashlea Katchmarik

Ashlea Katchmarik

Sales Associate est. 2020

As a new member to the Plants of Texas family, Ashlea brings motivation, and a desire to learn and help others with a huge thirst for plant knowledge. She began a career as a law enforcement dispatcher, spending more than 9 years helping others in emergent need. Fall of 2020, her want to make a change and a love of houseplants led her to horticulture and an achievable career, following a path she holds an enormous interest in. In February 2021, a Proven Winners certification will be achieved adding to a growing accomplishment list. As for a favorite plant, indoor of course, the fiddle leaf fig is at the top of the list allowing stress reduction and decompression from the day to come naturally when working with and maintaining them.
Ashlea enjoys exploring nature around home and through travel. Her home life is shared with two loving dogs but much of her time is spent acquiring as many houseplants as possible and, with time, learning each plants likes, dislikes and specific needs while watching them grow. 

Lee Anne Barham

Lee Anne Barham

Sales Associate est. 2017

Being in love with customer service and sales has been a wonderful choice. Always interested in plants, Lee Anne joined Plants of Texas in Spring 2017. It was here that she began to learn about landscape plants, trees and soils with better understanding, along with her years of sales experience, making her a wonderful addition to our staff. Lee Anne has successfully completed training and certification through the *Proven Winners Certified education classes and received her certification in spring of 2020, adding to her enthusiasm and knowledge of the newest and best plant possibilities. Every year, with so many new plants introduced, it is difficult to decide on a favorite plant. However, she would give honorable mention to the Crimson Queen Japanese maple which she finds to be one of the prettiest and most eye catching lace leaf varieties. It is also a hobby of hers to do a bit of “pot-scaping” around her home by creating colorful pots and arranging them on decks and patios adding color, texture and dimension to her spaces.
Working in the Smith County area for over 30 years and being native to the Lindale area is a wonderful, family first life that keeps Lee Anne grounded and close. Art festivals, craft fairs and the hundreds of antique shops in the area are a favorite treat of hers. She focuses much of her private time caring for, playing with and loving her four beloved K-9s, one of which is a Belgian Malinois rescue amputee.

 

Gabriel Uribe

Gabriel Uribe

Sales Associate est. 2019

Taking plant enthusiasm to the next level and bringing customers with him through his positive energy makes customer service easy to Gaby. Through his work history at the Tyler Zoo seeing the multitude of plants species and natural beauty they present, with exotic animals in an ever changing environment, has brought his need to learn more about plants and landscapes full circle. Gaby has successfully completed training and certification through the *Proven Winners Certified education classes and received certification in spring of 2020, giving way to learning the newest plants and how to grow and care for them and help clients with their needs. Favorite plant for Gaby is the camellia Nuccio’s Bella Rosa which is a japonica species known for its unique petal formation and color that brightens up a winter garden setting when little else is showing colorful blooms. And his outdoor garden favorite is the ability to transform areas of a landscape to become living art.
Gaby says that plants, each and every one, are art. A plant is an artistic design of its one, no two matching and each one telling its own story. He enjoys shopping, road trips, home gardening and everything music. Collecting rare or unusual plants has become a hobby much like his collections of peacocks, pheasants, ducks and tropical birds.

 

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