Stephen F. Austin State University’s SFA Gardens will host its annual Garden Gala Day Plant Sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 6, 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 www.sfagardens.sfasu.edu 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.
2019 LECTURE SERIES
Jan 10 - Jay White, Editor of Texas Gardener, Brenham, Texas. “Home Garden Trends - Average Gardeners, Mean Vegetables and Distributed Benefits.”
Feb 14 - Linda Gay, ArborGate and Horticultural Consultant, Tomball, TX. “Climbers, Twisters and Viners - Using Vertical Space.”
Mar 14 - Joy Columbus, Director of Horticulture, Houston Botanical Garden, Houston, Texas. “A walk through the Houston Botanic Garden: The Global Garden Revealed.”
Apr 11 - Daniel Cunningham, Extension Specialist, TAMU, Dallas, Texas. “Eat the Yard: A Guide to Edible Landscape Plants.”
May 9 - Marc Pastorek, Prairie Activist and Horticulturist, Covington, LA. “The Prairie Inspired Garden – Fun with Seed!”
Jun 13 - Allen Owings, Horticultural Consultant, Hammond, LA. “Crimes Against Horticulture – Common Improper Practices.”
Jul 11 - Jonathan Judice, Environmental Design, Tomball, TX. “Tips and Tricks for Planting the Right Tree in the Right Way in the Right Spot.”
Aug 8 - Jordan Cunningham, Greenhouse Technician, SFA Gardens, Nacogdoches, TX. “The Life and Times of a Nursery Worker: Propagation, Production and Morale."
Sep 12 - Heather Thormahlen, Territory Manager, Treetown USA, Houston, TX. “Nature’s Bounty for Home and Business – Using Natural Vegetation for Wreaths, Garlands and Table Decorations.”
Oct 10 - Jocelyn Moore, Environmental Education, SFA Gardens, Nacogdoches, TX. “Changing Young Lives, One Garden Bud at a Time – Environmental Education for our Youngest Citizens.”
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.”
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).
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.