Dr. Justin Scheiner

Dr. Justin Scheiner

NACOGDOCHES, Texas - Stephen F. Austin State University's SFA Gardens will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 9, in the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, 2900 Raguet St. in Nacogdoches.

Dr. Justin Scheiner, assistant professor of horticultural sciences and viticulture specialist at Texas A&M University, will present "Grapes for Table and Wine-Can Both Fit in Texas?"

Scheiner works in the Department of Horticultural Sciences, as well as for the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in College Station. In his extension role, Scheiner provides educational programming and technical support for grape growers in North Texas and the Gulf Coast regions. His research focuses on the best management practices for vineyards in areas affected by Pierce's disease.

A member of the Texas A&M University graduate faculty, Scheiner also teaches undergraduate courses. Previously, he served as the director of the viticulture and enology program at Grayson College in Denison, Texas, where he taught a variety of viticulture and enology courses.

Scheiner received his bachelor of science in horticulture and crop science from Sam Houston State University; his master of science in molecular and environmental plant sciences from Texas A&M University; and his doctoral degree in horticulture from Cornell University.

The Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series is held the second Thursday of each month at SFA's Pineywoods Native Plant Center. 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 are always appreciated.

Parking is available at the nearby Raguet Elementary School, 2428 Raguet St., with continual shuttle service to the Ina Brundrett Conservation Education Building.

For more information, call (936) 468-1832 or email grantdamon@sfasu.edu.