The SFA Gardens will host its monthly Les Reeves Garden Lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 15, in Room 110 of the Agriculture Building located on Wilson Drive on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus.

Dawn Stover, long-time SFA Gardens research associate, will present an intoxicating program, titled "The Scentual Garden," and will feature fragrant plants for today's garden.

As a research associate, Dawn currently maintains the living plant collection within the SFA Mast Arboretum. She is responsible for maintenance of the arboretum and the horticulture facilities. She also manages two successful annual sales that raise money for the Arboretum, as well as coordinates student workers and volunteers. Very often, she teaches labs for horticulture students and lectures to a wide variety of gardening enthusiasts in the region.

Stover also serves as editor of "Garden News," a quarterly newsletter published for Arboretum members, and on occasion writes for other garden-related publications. As part of her research responsibilities, Stover trials a wide range of herbaceous plant material and disseminates information within the horticulture industry as well as the gardening public. She also is an instructor in the Department of Agriculture at SFA, teaching a course on annuals and perennials.

The Les Reeves Garden Lecture Series is generally held the third Thursday of each month at the SFA Mast Arboretum in Nacogdoches. Refreshments are served before the lecture and a rare plant raffle will be held afterward. The lecture is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Greg Grant at (936) 468-1863 or