Stephen F. Austin State University


Horticulturist to discuss creating Texas cottage gardens at SFA Gardens lecture series

January 3, 2014
Jason McKenzie

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, Jan. 9, in Room 110 of the Agriculture Building, 1924 Wilson Drive.

Jason McKenzie, horticulturist at The Arbor Gate Nursery in Tomball, will present "A Native Texas Cottage Garden the Arbor Gate Way."

McKenzie specializes in native southeastern plants and focuses on reforestation of woodlands, native habitat gardening and native cottage gardens. He is former owner of the Pineywoods Nursery and a past chapter president of the Native Plant Society of Texas. He has traveled the southeastern U.S. collecting and growing rare and unique natives that have landscape and habitat value. With a focus on education, McKenzie speaks to many garden clubs and professional groups.

The Arbor Gate Nursery is one of the state's premier specialty nurseries, featuring an inspired collection that includes unusual plants, artisan-created decorative pieces, and a constantly changing array of items that bring beauty, comfort, and flavor to the home and garden.

Although traditionally held the third Thursday of each month, the Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series will now be held on second Thursdays. 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.

For more information, call (936) 468-1832 or email

By University Marketing Communications
University Marketing Communications
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