NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Stephen F. Austin State University’s SFA Gardens will host its annual “Deck the Halls: Using Evergreens to Decorate for the Holidays” seminar from 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 2 at the Brundrett Conservation Education Building in the Pineywoods Native Plant Center. 

Guests will join Dawn Stover, study leader with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s East Texas Plant Materials Center, to create elegant wreaths, garlands and centerpieces using materials from nature. Participants will take home several creations. In addition to the traditional wreaths and garlands, Stover will introduce crafts using natural items from the garden. All materials will be provided.  

"Deck the Halls is a fun way to create distinctive holiday decorations using unique plant material from the SFA Gardens collection,” Stover said. “This workshop is a delightful way to get crafty and into the holiday spirit." 

Class size is limited for this popular event, and advance registration and payment are required. Registration opens Nov. 15. Tickets are $25 for SFA Gardens members and $30 for nonmembers. 

To register starting Nov. 15, call (936) 468-4404 or send an email to

Stephen F. Austin State University, the newest member of The University of Texas System, began a century ago as a teachers’ college in Texas’ oldest town, Nacogdoches. Today, it has grown into a regional institution comprising six colleges — business, education, fine arts, forestry and agriculture, liberal and applied arts, and sciences and mathematics. Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, SFA enrolls approximately 11,000 students while providing the academic breadth of a state university with the personalized attention of a private school. The main campus encompasses 421 acres that include 37 academic facilities, nine residence halls, and 68 acres of recreational trails that wind through its six gardens. The university offers more than 80 bachelor’s degrees, more than 40 master’s degrees and four doctoral degrees covering more than 120 areas of study. Learn more by visiting the SFA website.