Names and Faces: Dr. Doug Welsh

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COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX) - Dr. Doug Welsh is no stranger to KBTX and is also a well-known master gardener.

Welsh served as KBTX's Weekend Gardner for more than 20 years.
But he got into gardening at the age of five.

"I went to Bible school and brought home the proverbial Dixie cup with a bean seed in it and asked Mom 'what do we do?'. She said let's plant it...so we did. If I remember it produced eight beans. We had five people in the family and everybody got 1.3 beans so I fed the family," Welsh said.

That inspired Welsh to be what he is today. He later got three degrees from Texas A&M and eventually went to work for the university.

Dr. Welsh served as the coordinator for the Texas A&M Gardens in the Office of the Dean, Agriculture and Life Sciences. For 33 years, Dr. Welsh's expertise focused on landscape water management.

But nature is more than just business to Welsh, who shares his passion for gardening with his family.

"I raised four children here in College Station," Welsh said. "Two of them are gardeners. One of them hated it. He had to drag hoses to water the trees and didn't like that at all."

Over the years -- he turned a series of articles he wrote into a book to help other gardeners.

"The Doug Welsh Texas Garden Almanac is truly a compilation of those and it's one of those things that helps people be successful in gardening," Welsh said.

And he also says to slow down and take time to appreciate nature.

"It's fun to circulate through gardens and spaces and stop and sit in a garden and just enjoy and recharge for life," he said.