NACOGDOCHES, Texas - The addition of a crop science course into the core curriculum has accelerated the need to build a 7,200-square-foot, three-bay, gutter-connected greenhouse totaling $150,000 on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center.

The new facility will provide the SFA Gardens with a much-needed area for plant production and student-driven research projects, said SFA Gardens Director Dr. David Creech, as well as assist horticulture and forestry students in obtaining real-world experience in an industry-standard greenhouse.

"Our current area is already inadequate to house the space needs we have for numerous horticulture labs," said Dawn Stover, SFA Gardens research associate, "including crop science, fruits and vegetables, plant propagation, nursery management, greenhouse management, etc., as well as soil science experiments, graduate student projects, an active horticulture club, and plants for the SFA Gardens and the Sprout Garden."

The greenhouse will be used to grow plants for special projects and research. It also will be used to grow many of the plants available for purchase at fundraiser plant sales. Stover said the SFA Gardens also would benefit by incorporating many of the plants grown there into its landscapes.

"With the addition of crop science into the core, we have the potential to see 150 additional students each semester," said Stover. "We simply need more space to accommodate our growing program."

To make a donation, call (936) 468-5406; visit; or mail checks, write "greenhouse" in the memo line, to P.O. Box 6092, SFA Station, Nacogdoches, Texas 75962-6092.