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October 6, 2018 Fabulous Fall Festival Plant Sale

Stephen F. Austin State University’s SFA Gardens will host its annual Fabulous Fall Festival Plant Sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, located at 2900 Raguet St. in historic Nacogdoches.

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

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. SFA Gardens’ educational programs reach more than 15,000 participants annually.   

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

For more information call (936) 468-4404.

Plant Sale 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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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).