NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Stephen F. Austin State University’s SFA Gardens will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Dec. 12 in the Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, located at 2900 Raguet St.
Dr. David Creech, professor emeritus and SFA Gardens director, will present “Reconnaissance in the Pursuit of Knowledge is Seldom Wasted: New Plants for a 21st-Century East Texas.”
Creech has been at SFA since 1978. He received his bachelor’s and doctoral degrees in horticulture from Texas A&M University and a master’s degree in horticulture from Colorado State University. Following a long teaching career, Creech retired in 2007 and returned to direct SFA Gardens in a part-time position.
His areas of interest include fruit and vegetable research, ornamental evaluation, endangered plants, salinity studies, woody tree and shrub evaluation, and investigating the potential of kiwifruit as a specialty crop for Texas. He has authored numerous scholarly and trade articles, and he lectures widely.
Creech has accumulated a long list of international work since 1981 in Pakistan, Guatemala, Mexico, Nepal, Israel and China. In the last 20 years, he has undertaken over 25 consultancies in China working with the Blueberry Improvement Program and Taxodium Improvement Program at the Nanjing Botanical Garden, as well as connecting with the new plants arena in the China nursery and landscape industry. He is an advocate of increasing forest cover and smart use of land and plant resources.
Creech has served as president of the Native Plant Society of Texas in 1991-92, president of the Southern Region American Society of Horticulture Science both in 2012-13 and 2017-18, and past president of both the Texas Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta and International Plant Propagation Society Southern Region.
The Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series is held the second Thursday of each month and includes a rare plant raffle 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 PNPC and Raguet Elementary School, located at 2428 Raguet St.
For more information, call (936) 468-4129, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.