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SFA Gardens Lecture Series to feature garden writer

September 29, 2014 - University Marketing Communications
NACOGDOCHES, Texas - SFA Gardens at Stephen F. Austin State University will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, in the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. in Nacogdoches. Garden writer Patty Leander will present: "Butterbeans to Asian Greens-Old Favorites and New Flavors for the Vegetable Garden."

Leander was raised in Midland, Texas, by a dietitian mom who never met a vegetable she didn't like and a geologist dad who loved his Bermuda onions as much as his Bermuda shorts. She is a contributing writer to Texas Gardener magazine and a master gardener vegetable specialist, and she holds a Bachelor of Science in food and nutrition from Texas Tech University.

In addition to growing, eating and writing about vegetables, she enjoys traveling the great state of Texas, sharing her enthusiasm for vegetable gardening. Patty and her husband, Bruce, work as a team - she cultivates, harvests and prepares the vegetables; he photographs and eats them. Leander's passion for vegetable gardening was inspired by the late George and Mary Stewart of Houston, who shared with her their lifetime of gardening wisdom and encouraged her to pass it on so that others may share in the satisfaction and success of growing their own vegetables.

The Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series is held the second Thursday of each month at the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture's SFA Pineywoods Native Plant Center. A rare plant raffle will be held after the program. The lecture is free and open to the public, but donations to the Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series Fund always are appreciated.

Parking is available at the nearby Raguet Elementary School, 2428 Raguet St., with continual shuttle service to the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building.

For more information, call Elyce Rodewald at (936) 468-1832 or email grantdamon@sfasu.edu.