Roger Sanderson

Roger was Director of Horticulture at the Texas Discovery Gardens for over 7 years and was the Director of Botanical Gardens /Wildlife Biologist at the Heard Natural Science Museum for the prior 11 years.

Usually known as “the Snake Man” by local youths, he has been doing snake programs for Boy Scouts for almost 25 years and taught the Reptile Study Merit Badge at several Boy Scout National Jamborees in Virginia. He also taught the Herpetology section of the Master Naturalist program for several chapters for almost 20 years.

His huge live, native Texas snake collection was one of the best in the state and was used to create the Heard’s widely acclaimed Rat Snakes to Rattlers exhibit and the following exhibit Venomous Snakes of Texas.

Both Roger and his wife are active birders, traveling widely to view new or unusual species. In 2007 and 2008 they were selected to be part of the Cornell University search team for the Ivory Bill Woodpecker in Arkansas. For many years Roger was on the board and was Christmas Bird Count Compiler for the Prairie & Timbers Audubon Society and past-president of the Texas Herpetological Society. He and his wife are also active members of the Dallas Paleontology Society. Insects, too, are a favorite subject! He has been collecting butterflies and moths since the third grade and did research on gall insects at Texas A & M.

Despite his vast background in animals, Roger’s greatest expertise is in plants. From 1976 to 1982 he was Assistant Director at Texas Discovery Gardens until forming his own landscape company which he still operates part-time.

A specialist on Pollinator Gardens, he has not only created a huge Butterfly Garden and Hummingbird Garden of national acclaim at Texas Discovery Gardens. He has created noteworthy pollinator gardens at the Heard Museum, the Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge, the Dallas Mayor’s Pollinator Garden, and for numerous schools throughout the DFW area. Roger had a weekly column for several years in the Dallas Morning News on plants and gardening and continues to write articles about nature in several publications.

Dallas, TX, USA

NPSOT Austin, Native Prairies Association of Texas, Texas Society for Ecological Restoration, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Presentations Offered:

  • Native Texas Hummingbird Plants Texas is home to 18 different species of hummingbirds, more than any other state! This is due not only to the diverse habitats and climates found across our huge territory, […]
  • Native Texas Shade Plants When seeking plants for shaded areas, choices are limited. But for those who prefer to use native Texas plants – as is recommended by Doug Tallamy and so many other […]
  • The Ecological Importance of Landscaping with Native Plants Doug Tallamy has brilliantly elucidated the critical need for using native plants in our home gardens and landscapes. Most people concerned about the natural world are well aware that we […]
  • A Texas Flora Kaleidoscape The flora of Texas is as diverse as any in the U.S., which creates natural landscapes that are as unique as they are beautiful. The result of a vast diversity […]