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SFA Gardens Lecture Series to feature Oklahoma horticulturist

June 7, 2011 - Shirley Luna

NACOGDOCHES, Texas - The SFA Gardens at Stephen F. Austin State University will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 16, in the Agriculture Building, Room 110, at 1924 Wilson Dr. Oklahoma State University horticulturist and author Steve Dobbs will present "Architectural Plants: Space-Saving Plants in Urban Landscapes for Texture and Diversity."

Dobbs joined Oklahoma State University as the grounds and landscape manager in May 2010 and is responsible for the maintenance and design of approximately 700 acres. He is the author of "The Southern Lawn Series" and "Oklahoma Gardeners Guide." From 1990 until 1995, he was host and producer of "Oklahoma Gardening," which was selected as the best gardening television program in the nation in 1992 by the Garden Writers Association of America. He is past president of the Garden Writers Association, which has more than 1,900 members throughout the U.S., Canada and England.

Dobbs received a bachelor's degree in horticulture from Oklahoma State University and a master's degree in horticulture from the University of Arkansas.

The Theresa and Les Reeves Garden Lecture Series is generally held the third Thursday of each month at the Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture's SFA Mast Arboretum. Refreshments are served by the SFA Gardens volunteers before the lecture with a rare plant raffle being held afterward.

The SFA Gardens Volunteers will meet at 6:15 p.m. in the Agriculture Building, Room 118, prior to the lecture. At the meeting, volunteers exchange gardening ideas and tips and discuss volunteer opportunities at SFA Gardens, including hands-on gardening, propagation, irrigation, children's educational activities, plant-sale participation and azalea trail activities. Both the meeting and lecture are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Greg Grant at (936) 468-1863 or grantdamon@sfasu.edu.