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Sky Watching, Hikes, Spider Eyes, Bon Fires, Firefly Counting, Hummingbird moths

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Events

Sat March 7, 2015 from 1-4PM - Guided Tours of the Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden. Free guided tours of the garden (it contains over 550 varieties of azaleas!) are offered every Saturday in March. For group tours of the garden or the Azalea Trail, please contact the Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau at 936-564-7351 or 1-888-OLDEST-TOWN.SFA Gardens, Stephen F. Austin University, Nacogdoches, TX. For the most up to date information please visit the Nacogdoches Azalea Trail website or visit the SFA Gardens website.


Thur March 12, 2015 at 7:00PM – "The Amazing, Rare, and Beautiful Mexico Mountain Sugar Maple" presented by Yalma Luis-Rodriguez, Professor, Louisiana State University, LSU, Baton Rouge, LA as part of the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series hosted by SFA Gardens at Stephen F. Austin State University in the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. in Nacogdoches, Texas. For more information see the Garden Events webpage at the SFA Gardens website, call Elyce Rodewald at (936) 468-1832, or you can email them at sfagardens@sfasu.edu. Get there early for a 6:30 refreshments/social and the lecture will be followed by an exciting plant raffle!


Sat March 14, 2015 from 1-4PM - Guided Tours of the Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden. Free guided tours of the garden (it contains over 550 varieties of azaleas!) are offered every Saturday in March. For group tours of the garden or the Azalea Trail, please contact the Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau at 936-564-7351 or 1-888-OLDEST-TOWN.SFA Gardens, Stephen F. Austin University, Nacogdoches, TX. For the most up to date information please visit the Nacogdoches Azalea Trail website or visit the SFA Gardens website.


Sat March 21, 2015 from 1-4PM - Guided Tours of the Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden. Free guided tours of the garden (it contains over 550 varieties of azaleas!) are offered every Saturday in March. For group tours of the garden or the Azalea Trail, please contact the Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau at 936-564-7351 or 1-888-OLDEST-TOWN.SFA Gardens, Stephen F. Austin University, Nacogdoches, TX. For the most up to date information please visit the Nacogdoches Azalea Trail website or visit the SFA Gardens website.


March 26-29, 2015 - 2015 Azalea Society of America National Convention in Nacogdoches, Texas. Includes a variety of tours and speakers and it will expose those who attend to some of the most photogenic gardens in the Nacogdoches area like the Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden at SFA Gardens! For the registration form and in depth information click here or visit the Nacogdoches Azalea Trail website at azaleas.visitnacogdoches.org.


Fri-Sat March 27-28, 2015 from 9AM until 5PM - 16th Annual Southwest Louisiana Garden Conference and Expo 2015: Louisiana's Premier Garden Show & Plant Sale an educational experience in Horticulture for the gardener and plant enthusiast located at Burton Coliseum, 7001 Gulf HWY & Gauthier Rd, Lake Charles, LA. (A.k.a. Southwest Louisiana Garden Festival). Sponsored by LSU Ag Center and the Calcasieu Parish Cooperative Extension Service. For more information call 337-475-8812. For more detailed information please visit their website at www.GardenFest.org.


Fri-Sat March 27-28 - 57th Annual Caddo Conference in Arkadelphia, Arkansas and will be hosted by the Arkansas Archaeological Survey and Henderson State University. For more information visit the Caddo Conference Organization's website at www.caddoconference.org or visit their Facebook page by clicking here.


Sat March 28, 2015 at 10AM & 12:30PM - Little Princess Garden Party at SFA Gardens- Introduce your favorite little girl to the beauty and joy of the garden at this special party. Enjoy refreshments, party favors, and entertainment planned to delight you and spark her imagination. Bring your camera to capture this day. Dress: Let her wear her favorite princess, fairy or garden party costume. Very limited seating. Tickets are $25 each, adults and children. For the most up to date information please visit the Nacogdoches Azalea Trail website or the SFA Gardens events page.


Sat March 28, 2015 from 1-4PM - Guided Tours of the Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden. Free guided tours of the garden (it contains over 550 varieties of azaleas!) are offered every Saturday in March. For group tours of the garden or the Azalea Trail, please contact the Nacogdoches Convention and Visitors Bureau at 936-564-7351 or 1-888-OLDEST-TOWN.SFA Gardens, Stephen F. Austin University, Nacogdoches, TX. For the most up to date information please visit the Nacogdoches Azalea Trail website or visit the SFA Gardens website.


Sat April 4, 2015 - Cajun Prairie Habitat Preservation Society meeting. The Cajun Prairie Preservation Society is an organization which is dedicated to the study, preservation, restoration and education in regard to the Cajun Prairie Habitat, associated habitats and projects. For details and more information visit their website at CajunPrairie.org or feel free to email Dr. Charles Allen for more info.


Thur April 9, 2015 at 7:00PM – "Plants, Planting, and Pushing the Envelope in Austin Landscapes" presented by Matt Welch, Maldrone Group, Austin, TX as part of the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series hosted by SFA Gardens at Stephen F. Austin State University in the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. in Nacogdoches, Texas. For more information see the Garden Events webpage at the SFA Gardens website, call Elyce Rodewald at (936) 468-1832, or you can email them at sfagardens@sfasu.edu. Get there early for a 6:30 refreshments/social and the lecture will be followed by an exciting plant raffle!


April 10-11, 2015 - Central Louisiana Garden Expo. The Central Louisiana Garden Expo is designed to let the public know where to obtain gardening products, services, and accessories; where garden clubs are located in the central part of the state; to educate the public on gardening issues; and to provide a place for sales that make available quality garden plants, products and accessories to the public. Educational garden programs will be offered throughout the two day period. For more information contact Sara R Shields.


Sat April 11, 2015 from 9AM until 2PM - SFA Garden Gala Day and Plant Sale held at the SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St., Nacogdoches, TX. A wide variety of hard-to-find, "Texas tough" plants will be available, including new introductions, Texas natives, heirlooms, perennials and exclusive SFA introductions. Plants are extensively trailed in the gardens before being offered to the public. Benefits the SFA Gardens and its educational programs, which reach more than 15,000 students of all ages each year. The public is encouraged to arrive early and bring a wagon. For more information, call (936) 468-4404, or visit the SFA Gardens website and click on "Garden Events"


April 14-16, 2015 - Plant Identification Workshop This workshop is full for open workshops see Workshops/Classes hosted by Allen Acres and Dr. Charles M. Allen. If you want to learn to recognize many of the common plants of Louisiana and the Gulf South, the names of those plants, and how to identify other plants, this is the workshop for you. The workshop will include fieldtrips, where you can see the plants in their natural environment as well as labeled specimens in a lab setting. Additional info on plant identification will be presented thru power-point presentations and printed handouts. You will be given BRF's (Best Recognizing Features) for each plant plus other facts like use, edibility etc. You are encouraged to photograph, take notes, ask questions, and take specimens with you. During the three day workshop, you will be exposed to more than 200 species of wildflowers, grasses, ferns, trees, shrubs, and vines. For more information visit the Native Ventures website or feel free to contact Dr. Allen via email. To learn more about Allen Acres Bed & Breakfast just click here.


April 17-19, 2015 - Annual Grand Isle Migratory Bird Celebration! See songbirds in oak-hackberry woods, shorebirds and waders on beaches and in the marshes and raptors overhead. Grand Isle is an essential stop for songbirds during their spring and fall migrations across the Gulf of Mexico and Grand Isle, Louisiana is one of the best places in the world to see and study birds up close. For more details and additional information please visit their website by clicking here.


April 17-19, 2015 - 6th Annual West Gulf Coastal Plain and Big Thicket Science Conference to be held at Stephen F. Austin University, Nacogdoches, Texas. For the most up to date information and more details please visit the Big Thicket Association's websites at www.BigThicket.org or www.ThicketOfDiversity.org. You can also email Dan Saenz or Julie Shackleford for additional details.


April 21-23 - Wetland Plant Identification Workshop see Workshops/Classes hosted by Allen Acres and Dr. Charles M. Allen. If you want to learn to recognize many of the common wetland plants of Louisiana and the Gulf South, the names of those plants, and how to identify other plants, this is the workshop for you. The workshop will include fieldtrips, where you can see the plants in their natural environment as well as labeled specimens in a lab setting. Additional info on plant identification will be presented thru power-point presentations and printed handouts. You will be given BRF's (Best Recognizing Features) for each plant plus other facts like use, edibility etc. You are encouraged to photograph, take notes, ask questions, and take specimens with you. During the three day workshop, you will be exposed to more than 200 species of wildflowers, grasses, ferns, trees, shrubs, and vines. For more information visit our Workshops page or feel free to contact Dr. Allen via email. To learn more about Allen Acres Bed & Breakfast just click here.


April 28-30 - Wetland Plant Identification Workshop This workshop is full for open workshops see Workshops/Classes hosted by Allen Acres and Dr. Charles M. Allen. If you want to learn to recognize many of the common wetland plants of Louisiana and the Gulf South, the names of those plants, and how to identify other plants, this is the workshop for you. The workshop will include fieldtrips, where you can see the plants in their natural environment as well as labeled specimens in a lab setting. Additional info on plant identification will be presented thru power-point presentations and printed handouts. You will be given BRF's (Best Recognizing Features) for each plant plus other facts like use, edibility etc. You are encouraged to photograph, take notes, ask questions, and take specimens with you. During the three day workshop, you will be exposed to more than 200 species of wildflowers, grasses, ferns, trees, shrubs, and vines. For more information visit the Native Ventures website or feel free to contact Dr. Allen via email. To learn more about Allen Acres Bed & Breakfast just click here.


May 2&3, 2015 from 9AM-5PM - Almost Eden's 2015 Spring Open House - We will open our nursery and gardens to the public for one weekend only this spring so be sure to mark your calendar. You can buy your plants on site and stroll through our nursery and gardens. Noted botanist Dr. Charles Allen will be here to give a presentation on Edible Plants on Saturday at 2PM so don't miss it! Jeff will have his question and answer booth set up so bring your plant questions and problems and he'll do what he can to provide you with useful information on how best to address them. Bring your family and gardening friends for what is sure to be an interesting day immersed in beautiful, unusual, exotic, and native plants! We hope to see you here.


May 12-14, 2015 - Plant Identification Workshop hosted by Allen Acres and Dr. Charles M. Allen. If you want to learn to recognize many of the common plants of Louisiana and the Gulf South, the names of those plants, and how to identify other plants, this is the workshop for you. The workshop will include fieldtrips, where you can see the plants in their natural environment as well as labeled specimens in a lab setting. Additional info on plant identification will be presented thru power-point presentations and printed handouts. You will be given BRF's (Best Recognizing Features) for each plant plus other facts like use, edibility etc. You are encouraged to photograph, take notes, ask questions, and take specimens with you. During the three day workshop, you will be exposed to more than 200 species of wildflowers, grasses, ferns, trees, shrubs, and vines. For more information visit the Native Ventures website or feel free to contact Dr. Allen via email. To learn more about Allen Acres Bed & Breakfast just click here.


Thur May 14, 2015 at 7:00PM – "Can I Interest YOU in an Aroid?" presented by David Leedy, Horticulturist, retired, Fort Worth, Texas as part of the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series hosted by SFA Gardens at Stephen F. Austin State University in the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. in Nacogdoches, Texas. For more information see the Garden Events webpage at the SFA Gardens website, call Elyce Rodewald at (936) 468-1832, or you can email them at sfagardens@sfasu.edu. Get there early for a 6:30 refreshments/social and the lecture will be followed by an exciting plant raffle!


May 15-17, 2015 - Allen Acres annual BBBB (Birds, Bogs, Butterflies, Barbara's Buttons, etc...). Explore some of the wonders of Kisatchie National Forest with noted botanist Dr. Charles M. Allen and tour the gardens at Allen Acres where you are sure to see a variety of wildlife and native plants. Don't miss it! For more information please visit the Allen Acres B&B website or Native Ventures for additional details as the date gets closer. Feel free to contact Dr. Allen via email.


May 19-21, 2015 - Graminoid (Grasses, Sedges, and Rushes) Identification Workshop This workshop is full for open workshops see Workshops/Classes hosted by Allen Acres and Dr. Charles M. Allen. If you want to learn to recognize Graminoid species (Grasses-Poaceae, Sedges-Cyperaceae, and Rushes-Juncaceae) of Louisiana and the Gulf South as well as many of the Graminoid genera from the world, this is the workshop for you. The workshop will include fieldtrips, where you can see the plants in their natural environment as well as labeled specimens in a lab setting. Additional info on plant identification will be presented thru power-point presentations and printed handouts. There will also be specimens displayed on the TV screen. You are encouraged to photograph, take notes, ask questions, and take specimens with you. During the three day workshop, you will be exposed to more than 200 species of Graminoids. For more information visit the Native Ventures website or feel free to contact Dr. Allen via email.


June 2-4, 2015 - Graminoid (Grasses, Sedges, and Rushes) Identification Workshop hosted by Allen Acres and Dr. Charles M. Allen. If you want to learn to recognize Graminoid species (Grasses-Poaceae, Sedges-Cyperaceae, and Rushes-Juncaceae) of Louisiana and the Gulf South as well as many of the Graminoid genera from the world, this is the workshop for you. The workshop will include fieldtrips, where you can see the plants in their natural environment as well as labeled specimens in a lab setting. Additional info on plant identification will be presented thru power-point presentations and printed handouts. There will also be specimens displayed on the TV screen. You are encouraged to photograph, take notes, ask questions, and take specimens with you. During the three day workshop, you will be exposed to more than 200 species of Graminoids. For more information visit the Native Ventures website or feel free to contact Dr. Allen via email.


June 9-11, 2015 - Plant Identification Workshop hosted by Allen Acres and Dr. Charles M. Allen. If you want to learn to recognize many of the common plants of Louisiana and the Gulf South, the names of those plants, and how to identify other plants, this is the workshop for you. The workshop will include fieldtrips, where you can see the plants in their natural environment as well as labeled specimens in a lab setting. Additional info on plant identification will be presented thru power-point presentations and printed handouts. You will be given BRF's (Best Recognizing Features) for each plant plus other facts like use, edibility etc. You are encouraged to photograph, take notes, ask questions, and take specimens with you. During the three day workshop, you will be exposed to more than 200 species of wildflowers, grasses, ferns, trees, shrubs, and vines. For more information visit the Native Ventures website or feel free to contact Dr. Allen via email.


Thur June 11, 2015 at 7:00PM – "Gardening for Food or Beauty; Why not Both?" presented by Tim Hartmann - Extension Program Specialist, TAMU, College Station, TX as part of the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series hosted by SFA Gardens at Stephen F. Austin State University in the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. in Nacogdoches, Texas. For more information see the Garden Events webpage at the SFA Gardens website, call Elyce Rodewald at (936) 468-1832, or you can email them at sfagardens@sfasu.edu. Get there early for a 6:30 refreshments/social and the lecture will be followed by an exciting plant raffle!


Thur July 9, 2015 at 7:00PM – "Grapes for Table and Wine – can both fit in Texas?" presented by Justin Scheiner as part of the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series hosted by SFA Gardens at Stephen F. Austin State University in the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. in Nacogdoches, Texas. For more information see the Garden Events webpage at the SFA Gardens website, call Elyce Rodewald at (936) 468-1832, or you can email them at sfagardens@sfasu.edu. Get there early for a 6:30 refreshments/social and the lecture will be followed by an exciting plant raffle!


Thur August 13, 2015 at 7:00PM - "Climbing Asian Mountains, Fording Rivers, and Fighting the Elements; Moments from a Plant Hunter's Diary" presented by Scott McMahan, Owner, McMahan Nursery, Atlanta, Georgia as part of the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series hosted by SFA Gardens at Stephen F. Austin State University in the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. in Nacogdoches, Texas. For more information see the Garden Events webpage at the SFA Gardens website, call Elyce Rodewald at (936) 468-1832, or you can email them at sfagardens@sfasu.edu. Get there early for a 6:30 refreshments/social and the lecture will be followed by an exciting plant raffle!


September 2015 - 17th Annual Celebration of Butterflies in Haynesville, Louisiana. The annual butterfly festival for Louisiana is held on a Saturday in mid September at the Claiborne Parish Fairgrounds in Haynesville, the Butterfly Capital of Louisiana. The Haynesville Celebration of Butterflies will be a festival focused on nature: butterflies, other insects, butterfly gardening, native plants, herb gardening, conservation, nature craft vendors, and include food, fun, and music. For more information please visit the Piney Hills Louisiana Master Gardeners website or the Haynesville Chamber of Commerce events page or look for updates and additional information on their Facebook page.


Thur September 17, 2015 at 7:00PM "Is this the best Plant Sale in Texas or Not?  A Plant Sale Preview" presented by Greg Grant & Dawn Stover, SFA Gardens, Nacogdoches, TX as part of the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series hosted by SFA Gardens at Stephen F. Austin State University in the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. in Nacogdoches, Texas. For more information see the Garden Events webpage at the SFA Gardens website, call Elyce Rodewald at (936) 468-1832, or you can email them at sfagardens@sfasu.edu. Get there early for a 6:30 refreshments/social and the lecture will be followed by an exciting plant raffle!


Sat October 3, 2015 beginning at 9AM - Fabulous Fall Festival and Plant Sale held at the SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St., Nacogdoches, TX. A wide variety of hard-to-find, "Texas tough" plants will be available, including new introductions, Texas natives, heirlooms, perennials and exclusive SFA introductions. Plants are extensively trailed in the gardens before being offered to the public. Benefits the SFA Gardens and its educational programs, which reach more than 15,000 students of all ages each year. The public is encouraged to arrive early and bring a wagon. For more information, call (936) 468-4404, or visit the SFA Gardens website and click on "Garden Events".


Thur October 8, 2015 at 7:00PM – "Can We Feed 9 Billion in 2040?  How?" presented by Leon Young, Professor, SFA Soil and Plant Tissue Testing Laboratory, Nacogdoches, TX as part of the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series hosted by SFA Gardens at Stephen F. Austin State University in the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. in Nacogdoches, Texas. For more information see the Garden Events webpage at the SFA Gardens website, call Elyce Rodewald at (936) 468-1832, or you can email them at sfagardens@sfasu.edu. Get there early for a 6:30 refreshments/social and the lecture will be followed by an exciting plant raffle!


Thur November 12, 2015 at 7:00PM – "Pollinator Update Plus Know What’s Bugging You" presented by Heath Lowery, NuFarm Americas Inc., Hockley, TX as part of the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series hosted by SFA Gardens at Stephen F. Austin State University in the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. in Nacogdoches, Texas. For more information see the Garden Events webpage at the SFA Gardens website, call Elyce Rodewald at (936) 468-1832, or you can email them at sfagardens@sfasu.edu. Get there early for a 6:30 refreshments/social and the lecture will be followed by an exciting plant raffle!


Thur December 10, 2015 at 7:00PM – "The Special Trees of SFA Gardens" presented by Dave Creech, Director, SFA Gardens, Nacogdoches, TX as part of the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series hosted by SFA Gardens at Stephen F. Austin State University in the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. in Nacogdoches, Texas. For more information see the Garden Events webpage at the SFA Gardens website, call Elyce Rodewald at (936) 468-1832, or you can email them at sfagardens@sfasu.edu. Get there early for a 6:30 refreshments/social and the lecture will be followed by an exciting plant raffle!

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