Bill Hooten is a native of El Paso, having graduated from UTEP with a degree in Psychology. He discovered interest in gardening around 1972 and has enjoyed learning more about gardening ever since. In 1974 Bill invested in growing Hydroponic tomatoes in the local area. Bill has been a local Commercial Real Estate Broker with expertise in Property Management and general brokerage. He became a Master Gardner in 2005 and became the volunteer caretaker for the grounds of the El Paso County Historical Society in 2006.
Gardening in the El Paso Southwest has always been a challenge. Enthusiasts have to contend with a variety of problems: scarce annual rainfall, less than ideal soil composition, and extreme temperatures among others. But southwestern gardening aficionados always seem to find a way to keep our desert blooming, beautiful and fruitful.
Each Saturday, Good to Grow will answer the many questions gardeners may have about plants, growing conditions, and proper care for El Paso’s varied gardens.
Good to Grow won 1st place in the annual Texas Master Gardener Conference in 2010.