Dawn Stover is a Research Associate with SFA Gardens at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, TX. Dawn earned a B.S. in Biology from West Texas A&M in 1996, and an M.S. in Agriculture from Stephen F. Austin State University in 1999. Her initial horticultural experience began as a propagator at Treesearch Farms in Houston, Texas. From there she entered graduate school at SFA and continued her horticultural experience in the Forestry Department with Dr. Shiyou Li’s Camptotheca acuminata research project, and later with the Agriculture Department at the SFA Mast Arboretum.
As a Research Associate since 1999, Dawn is the senior staff member of SFA Gardens. She is responsible for two increasingly successful sales annually that raise money for the gardens, as well as coordinating student workers and volunteers. She can be found lecturing to a wide variety of gardening enthusiasts in the region, and mentoring horticulture students at SFA. She writes for garden related publications, including SFA Gardens News, a quarterly publication produced exclusively for SFA Gardens members. As part of her research responsibilities, Dawn trials a wide range of herbaceous and woody plant materials and disseminates information within the horticulture industry as well as the gardening public. She is a popular speaker on a wide range of gardening topics.
She currently maintains the herbaceous plant collections within the SFA Mast Arboretum and Pineywoods Native Plant Center, and is responsible for the horticulture greenhouse facilities.
Dawn’s passions involve gardening for pollinators, and seeking regionally sourced germplasm of native plant species. She maintains the Southern Garden Girl presence on social media, which often includes flora and fauna associations in the garden and in the wild. She serves as the secretary of the Board of Trustees for the First United Methodist Church in Nacogdoches, was a founding member of the Garden Capital of Texas Committee, and will serve as a board member of Keep Nacogdoches Beautiful beginning in 2018.
SFA Mast Arboretum
PO Box 13000,
SFA State University,
Nacogdoches, TX 75962