About John Panzarella
I am a retired Chemical Engineer who has been growing fruit trees and pecan trees for 50 years in Lake Jackson, Texas. In my half acre backyard, I have peach, guava, banana, pecan, pear, loquat, avocado, sapote, passion fruit, pomegranate, fig, 5 kinds of jaboticaba, miracle fruit, coffee, and persimmon trees, growing. I also have a year around vegetable garden. I believe I had the largest private collection of citrus in Texas with over 200 varieties including lemons, limes, grapefruit, pummelos, tangerines, mandarins, and kumquats, plus many hybrids before the February 2021 freeze.
I am a life member of the California Rare Fruit Growers Association, plus having been past president and editor of the Brazosport Garden club for a number of years. I have taught master gardener classes for the Brazoria County Extension Service, and I am also a past member of the Brazoria County Pecan and Horticulture Committee and past chairman of this committee. I have given citrus and gardening talks for Brazoria, Harris, Fort Bend, Denton, and Galveston extension services, commercial nurseries and other organizations. At my home in the spring, I teach grafting and plant propagation classes. I also have a small persimmon orchard in New Caney, Texas, where I have about 150 persimmon trees. From time to time, I sell fruit and various types of trees that grow in this area.
"Panzarella's Orchard" Image, Brazoria County Magazine, Issue 23-1, Jan. 2017 Page 21
“Growing Citrus in Texas”, “Discover Why It’s So A-peeling” Austin-San Antonio Urban HOME” Dec13/Jan14 p. 70.
“John Panzarella Citrus Man” Texas Gardener, Sept/Oct. 2013 pp. 26-31.
Opening Lines “Searching for Citrus” Texas Gardener, Jan/Feb. 2012 p. 4.
“Enjoying fruits of his labors” The Houston Chronicle Dec. 12, 2008.
“Citrus City USA” The Facts, (Brazoria County Newspaper), Jan. 22, 2006.
“Miracle fruit, A Taste Twister” Fruit Gardener, CRFG Magazine, Jan/Feb. 2005.
“Citrus Success” Texas Gardener, Sept/Oct. 2003.
“Fruitful Hobby” Image, Brazoria County Magazine, Summer 2003.
Lake Jackson, TX 77566
about 50 miles south of Houston, TX off of Highway 288