Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture

2019FallFestivalStephen F. Austin State University’s SFA Gardens will host its annual Fabulous Fall Festival Plant Sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, October 5, at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St., in historic Nacogdoches.

The sale will feature more than 300 varieties of hard-to-find, “Texas-tough” plants, including Texas natives, edibles, heirlooms, tropicals, perennials, shrubs and trees, with an emphasis on pollinator friendly selections, as well as exclusive SFA introductions. The featured plants are extensively trialed before being offered to the public and are produced by staff members and volunteers of the SFA Gardens.

This popular event benefits the SFA Mast Arboretum, PNPC, Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden and Gayla Mize Garden, along with educational programs that are hosted monthly at the gardens. Educational programs provided at the SFA Gardens reach more than 15,000 participants annually.   

Parking will be available at SFA’s Janice A. Pattillo Early Childhood Research Center, 2428 Raguet St., and visitors are encouraged to arrive early and bring a wagon for their plants.

For more information and a list of available plants, call (936) 468-4404 or visit two weeks before the sale.

Available Plants List


Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Center at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet Street, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX 75962.  Social at 6:30 pm. Lecture at 7:00 pm (typically 45-50 minutes), followed by an exciting plant raffle! Parking is available at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center and at Raguet Elementary.
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Nov 14 - Jeb Fields, LSU Gardens, Hammond, LA – “Gardening in the Deep South the Cajun Way – Observations from Plant Trials.”    

Dec 12 - Dave Creech, Director, SFA Gardens, Nacogdoches, TX.   "Reconnaissance in the Pursuit of Knowledge is Seldom Wasted – New Plants for a 21st Century East Texas.”


Jan 9 - Tim Hartmann, Texas Agrilife Programs Specialist, College Station Texas. Everything you wanted to know about fruit growing but were too timid to ask.

Feb 13 - Dr. George Ray McEachern, Professor of Horticulture, TAMU, College Station, TX. Pecans – Past, Present and Future.

*Mar 19 - Rick Lewandowski, Shangrila Botanical Gardens, Orange, Texas. Plant treasures in the Pineywoods of the Gulf South.  

Apr 9 - Sheila McBride, Lead Diagnostician & Extension Program Specialist, TAMU, College Station, TX. Common Ornamental Plant Diseases; What Every Gardener Needs to Know.

May 14 - Lauren Simpson, University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas; Coastal Prairie Association and author - Creating a Pollinator Paradise that Your Neighbors will love.  

Jun 11 - Steve Dobbs, Director of Landscape Services, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK. The Oklahoma State University Campus; Thinking Outside the Box with Trees, Native Plants and Design.

Jul 9 - Matt Welch, The Madrone Group, Austin, Texas. Pushing the Envelope with Plant Material in a Hostile Environment

Aug 13 - Jennifer Buckner, Shangrila Botanical Gardens, Orange, TX - Favorite Perennials for Tough Conditions ; Don’t Ask if we Flooded.

Sept 10 - Mark Wilson, LSU Extension Horticulture, Shreveport, LA. Garden Adventures in the Land of Crawfish and Creole.

Oct 8 - Keith Hansen, retired TAMU Extension, Tyler, Texas. What I Wish I Had Known About That Plant; Collector Gardens That Stand Out as Special Without Offending The Neighbors.

Nov 12 - Carol Reese, Ornamental Horticulture Specialist, University of Tennessee, Jackson, TN. Natives vs. Exotics; Why Can’t We All Just Get Along?  

Dec 10 - Dave Creech, Director SFA Gardens, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX. Tips and Tricks for Surviving as a University Garden; Is it Really All About the Plants?

* Third Thursday to avoid conflict with SFASU Spring Break

Azalea Trails and Promotion
Guided bus tours, by reservation, throughout the Azalea Trail period. Information on all events available by special arrangement with Nacogdoches Convention & Visitors Bureau (936) 564-7351 or 1-888-564-7351). 

Garden Seminars

Jan. 26: Fourth Annual Nacogdoches Seed Swap
Join us and bring viable flower, herb, vegetable and tree seeds, whether your own or purchased at a nursery, from 1 to 4 p.m. The cost is free, but donations to Nacogdoches Naturally, SFA Gardens’ afterschool program, are appreciated.

Feb. 9: Gifts from the Garden — Creating Personal Care Products
Join Dr. Jodi and Duke Pittman from Pittman Farms in Garrison to learn the best techniques for creating personal care products from natural materials. The cost is $25 for SFA Gardens members and $35 for non-members.

March 9: Flower Power — Introduction to Floral Design
Join Jordan Cunningham, SFA Gardens greenhouse technician, as she explores the basic principles of floral design. Use your new knowledge to create a beautiful flower arrangement to take home. The seminar costs $25 for SFA Gardens members and $35 for non-members.

May 11: Photographing Flowers
Join Dr. Tom Willis, award-winning member of the Nacogdoches Photography Club, to learn the basics of photographing flowers and editing your images. Digital cameras will be available to borrow, or you can bring your own cell phone or digital camera. Plan to practice your skills with cut flowers and blooms in nature at the SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center. The cost is $25 for SFA Gardens members and $35 for non-members.

June 22: Propagation
Join Dawn Stover, SFA Gardens research associate, to the learn the secrets of successfully starting your garden plants from seeds and cuttings. The cost is $25 for SFA Gardens members and $30 for non-members.

Sept. 21: Decorating with Succulents
Join Ashton Sorrels, owner of Love Succs, to create your own living succulent wreath to take home. The cost is $40 for SFA Gardens members and $50 for non-members.

Dec. 7: Deck the Halls — Creating Evergreen Decorations for the Holidays
Join Dawn Stover, SFA Gardens research associate, to discover how to create elegant wreaths and garlands using materials from Mother Nature. Learn principles of wreath, garland and centerpiece construction, and make a wreath to enjoy at home during the holidays. This event costs $30 for SFA Gardens members and $40 for non-members.

Unless stated above, all programs will be held from 9 a.m. to noon at the Brundrett Conservation Education Building, located at 2900 Raguet St.
For reservations, contact (936) 468-1832 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..