Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture

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Dr. Dave Creech, Regent's Professor and Professor Emeritus, has been at Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, Texas since September, 1978. Dr. Creech received his BS in Horticulture from Texas A and M University in 1970, a MS in Horticulture from Colorado State University in 1972, and he returned to TAMU and was awarded the PhD in 1978. Dr. Creech is semi-retired and currently directs SFA Gardens, a 68-acre on campus horticultural resource.  SFA Gardens includes 1) the 10-acre SFA Mast Arboretum, an on-campus resource that has enjoyed steady growth, development, utilization and visitation since its inception in 1985. 2) the 8-acre "Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden", which opened in 2000. This high pine canopy garden features over a mile of trails, 6000+ azaleas, over 200 varieties of Japanese maples, camellias and hydrangeas, plus numerous other special collections, 3) the 42-acre SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center, only the third garden affiliated with the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin, Texas (co directed with Dr. James C. Kroll), and 4) the 8-acre Gayla Mize Garden, a new garden under development since 2011.  High Resolution Headshot HERE.

Over his career, his teaching responsibilities included a wide array of courses including fruit and vegetable production, greenhouse management, nursery management, landscape plant materials, plant propagation, computer-assisted design, and public garden management. His research effort has focused on blueberry germplasm evaluation and horticultural studies, alternative crop/alternative technology work, crop nutrition studies, new plant introductions for the ornamental horticulture industry, endangered plant rescue, research and reintroduction, and finding sustainable solutions to environmental concerns. Dr. Creech has authored numerous scholarly and trade articles and lectures widely (, go to garden talks). As an outreach of his position, Dr. Creech has accumulated a long list of international consultancies since 1981 to Pakistan, Guatemala, Mexico, Nepal, Israel and China. His latest work in China focuses on Taxodium (baldcypress studies), nursery production and blueberry potential. Dr. Creech was President, 1991-1992, of the Native Plant Society of Texas, an 1800 member, 31 chapter organization dedicated to the conservation, selection and use of the native plants of Texas.  Dr. Creech served as President of the Southern Region American Society of Horticulture Science, 2012-2013.  He signs all his correspondence with "Let's keep planting." 

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Dave Creech

SFA Gardens
PO Box 13000,
SFA State University,
Nacogdoches, TX 75962;
Office: 936-468-4343;
Fax: 936-468-4047
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