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, Dec. 19, in the Agriculture Building, Room 110, at 1924 Wilson Drive.

Dr. David Creech, professor emeritus in the Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, will present "Why Raising a Garden and Raising Kiddos is About the Same Thing: It's All About Breaking Rules."

Creech has been at SFA since 1978. He is director and founder of the SFA Mast Arboretum, Ruby Mize Azalea Garden and Gayla Mize Garden, and he co-directs the Pineywoods Native Plant Center. He received his bachelor's and doctoral degrees in horticulture from Texas A&M University and his master's degree from Colorado State.

Creech's research efforts have focused on blueberry germplasm and production studies, alternative crops and technology, crop nutrition, and evaluation of new plant materials for the South. Both he and his wife Janet are active gardeners who love to travel.

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

Although it traditionally has been held the third Thursday of each month, the lecture series will be held on second Thursdays beginning in January.

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