The James E. “Bud” Smith Plant Materials Center began in San Antonio, Texas in 1935 as the San Antonio Nursery. The nursery was later moved to Spur and then to its present home in Knox City. The Knox City Plant Materials Center (TXPMC) was renamed in 1967 in honor of James E. “Bud” Smith for his pioneering work in plant science.
The Center provides plant solutions for central Texas, southern Oklahoma, and parts of Kansas, Colorado, and New Mexico. The wide range in topography, climatic factors, and vegetation results in a diverse and unique service area.