customers shopping for plants during the 2023 Spring Plant Fair

Stephen F. Austin State University’s horticulture students help customers choose plants being grown at the Plantery. SFA’s horticulture program will host their sixth annual spring plant fair from 8 am to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at The Plantery located at 1924 Wilson Drive. 

NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Stephen F. Austin State University’s horticulture program and Horticulture Club will host their sixth annual Spring Plant Fair from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 6, at the SFA Plantery located at 1924 Wilson Drive.

Plants available for purchase include a variety of summer annuals like coleus, vinca, sweet potato, summer snapdragon, wishbone flower and more. Students also will have a selection of native plants like blue-eyed grass, winecups and asters for sale. All plants sold will grow well in the East Texas area.

Along with the wide array of plants, pancakes also will be available to customers in the morning on a first-come, first-served basis. Pancakes will be free; however, donations are encouraged.

The Plantery is a program rooted within the Department of Agriculture where students grow and raise plants in the micro-farm Sprout, the greenhouses and the teaching gardens around the SFA Agriculture Building. This event also serves as an opportunity to tour the plant-growing operation and the projects that students have developed such as the gravel garden and hydroponic system.

“The students are very excited to display their developing knowledge about growing plants,” said Dr. Jared Barnes, associate professor of horticulture and steward of the Plantery. “We welcome the SFA and Nacogdoches communities to tour the Plantery and buy plants to support our students’ learning.”

The Horticulture Club is an active organization with students from a wide variety of majors. They meet Thursday nights in the Agriculture Building.

For more information, contact Barnes at, visit the Plantery, or follow on Instagram at @sfahorticulture.

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 at the SFA website