Donna Oliver (left) and Jean Dodge show off wreaths they created at the SFA Mast Arboretum's 2012 holiday seminar. The 2013 event is scheduled for Dec. 7 on the SFA campus.

NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Stephen F. Austin State University's Mast Arboretum will host a garden seminar titled "Deck the Halls - Using Evergreens to Decorate for the Holidays" from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 7, in Room 118 of the Agriculture Building on Wilson Drive.

Dawn Stover, research associate at the SFA Mast Arboretum, will show participants how to create elegant wreaths and garlands using materials from Mother Nature. Evergreen branches and garlands once served as symbols of enduring life and a fruitful year to come.

Participants will learn principles of wreath, garland and centerpiece construction and will make a wreath to enjoy at home for the holidays. In addition to the traditional wreaths and garlands, Stover will introduce new crafts using more natural items from the garden and forest.

Class size is limited, so advanced registration is required for this holiday seminar. To register or get more information, call (936) 468-1832 or email Cost is $25 for members of SFA Garden Friends and $30 for non-members.