NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Join SFA Gardens education coordinator Elyce Rodewald for "Gifts from the Garden," a soap-making workshop, from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 9, in Room 118 of the Stephen F. Austin State University Agriculture Building on Wilson Drive.

Participants will create a variety of herbal soaps, learn recipes and techniques of soap making, and take home samples of luxurious soap they make themselves. The soap will be made from coconut and palm kernel oil, lye, essential oils, and dried herbs.

"Participants will learn the step-by-step process of soap making, so they will have the skills to make soap at home on their own," Rodewald said. "This is great soap. Once you use it, you'll never go back to store-bought. This is a fun workshop - don't picture yourself stirring over a hot iron kettle. Join us for wonderful fragrances and special gifts from the garden."

Cost for the seminar is $25 for SFA Garden Members and $30 for non-members. To register or get more information, contact the education office at (936) 468-1832 or