Fairview Resident Creates Horticultural Masterpiece
Fairview resident, Curtis Campbell is a Texas Master Gardener. In 2000, after moving to Austin, Campbell had a dismal experience when deer ate the many plants he had just planted. Campbell said he knew nothing about what should and shouldn’t be planted in Texas. He said, “I realized I needed to learn more about native plants to ensure that I’m not wasting my money on plants.” At that time, he began his pursuit of becoming a Texas Master Gardener.
“The Texas Master Gardener program is an educational volunteer program conducted by the Texas AgriLife Extension Service of the Texas A&M University System. Master Gardeners are members of the local community who take an active interest in their lawns, trees, shrubs, flowers and gardens. They are enthusiastic, willing to learn and help others and able to communicate with diverse groups of people. What really sets Master Gardeners apart from other home gardeners is their special training in horticulture.” (txmg.org)
Since achieving the level of Texas Master Gardener, Campbell continues to take online gardening courses to keep his skills from becoming rusty.
Regarding his favorite part about gardening, Campbell said, “Watching your work come to life.”
Campbell recently re-sodded his yard. He replaced the bermuda grass with Zeon Zoysia grass. Both his front and back yard are exquisitely manicured, a level he achieves by cutting the grass twice a week with his golf-course mower. He has many native Texas and acclimatized perennials throughout his gardens. All the plants he chose were done so with the climate and soil in this area in mind. He said he is in his garden every other day doing something.
The easiest and most impactful thing to plant in this area, according to Campbell, is, Salvia greggii. He said, “Very few people can mess that up. It’s a native plant. It’s really hard to kill, it does well in our soil, doesn’t need a lot of water and it has color.”
At a recent Fairview Town Council meeting, council members approved the request that Campbell be allowed to build a second shed on his property. He explains that the shed has since been built and is housing his three lawn mowers, a machine that vacuums the lawn to remove leaves and twigs, fertilizer and “every imaginable bucket you can imagine.” At the town council meeting, one of his neighbors spoke in favor of Campbell being allowed the additional shed when he said, “If you drive by his house, you will think it’s a golf course.”
When not gardening, Campbell is busy working. He is the president of TaxAct, an online tax company which is the third largest tax company in the U.S. He enjoys going to his children’s sporting events and collecting cars. Both of his children attend Lovejoy ISD schools. The Campbell family has lived in Fairview for five years.