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KiwiVerticalSFA Gardens to host second Kiwifruit Field Day

Stephen F. Austin State University’s SFA Gardens will host its second Kiwifruit Field Day from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 21 at the Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center.

Through research at SFA Gardens in conjunction with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, golden kiwifruit production is gaining momentum as an alternative fruit crop in East Texas.

The field day features kiwifruit experts, including Dr. David Creech, SFA Gardens director; Tim Hartmann, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service program specialist; David Anderson, Anderson Food Sales and Marketing owner; and Ross Stevenson, Miko Asia Ltd. kiwifruit grower.

Experts will offer participants the opportunity to learn information about kiwifruit production, including site selection, climatic requirements, orchard management strategies for first-time growers, pest and disease identification and management, and pruning and training systems for maximum yield. Additionally, participants will learn about marketing and marketing trends, as well as opportunities for growing in niche markets.

The presentations will be followed by lunch and then a tasting session with golden and green kiwifruits. Guided tours of the SFA Gardens kiwifruit field trial plots, where guests can see production practices, such as orchard layout, spacing and trellis construction, and onsite demonstration of pest and disease problems, will conclude the day’s events.


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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Jan 11 - Danny Carson, Moody Gardens, Galveston, TX. "Behind the scenes at Moody Gardens; why 1100 employees is never enough."

Feb 8 - Cindy Mcclimans, Landscaper, Houston, TX. "Creating Unique Landscapes by Cindy McClimans."

Mar 8 - Frantisek Majs, SFA Soils Laboratory Director, Nacogdoches, TX. "Everything you wanted to know about composting but were afraid to ask."

April 12 - Amanda McWhirt, University of Arkansas, Little Rock, AR. "I have a thorny issue to discuss: Blackberry Basics"

May 10 - James Wilhite, Wilhite Landscaping, Tyler, TX. "Planting by the moon, Rhyme or Reason"

June 14 - Darren Duling, Director Mercer Arboretum, Houston, TX. "Orchids Underfoot; Flora of the Island of Crete."

Jul 12 - Janet Carson, Extension Horticulture Specialist, University of Arkansas, Little Rock, Arkansas. "Blinding color in the garden"

Aug 9 - Jay Spiers, Auburn, AL. "Alternative fruit crops for a changing Gulf South; what's on the horizon."

Sept 13 - Kathyrn Fontenot, LSU, Baton Rouge, LA. "You say Tomato, I say Tomahto, Let's cut the whole thing off."

Oct 11 - Andrew King, TAMU Horticulture, College Station, TX. "You Can Take the Boy out of East Texas but you can't take the Azaleas out of his garden; Growing Ornamentals in a Challenging Environment."

Nov 8 - David Creech, SFA Gardens, Nacogdoches, TX. "SFA Gardens, where good ideas meet insurmountable obstacles."

Dec 13 - Mark Weathington, JCR Arboretum, Raleigh, NC. "Beyond Tire Planters, Gardening in the South."


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).