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Our mission

The mission of SFA gardens is to create an environment where people can:

  • expand their knowledge
  • explore the natural world
  • develop curiosity
  • nurture a sense of wonder
  • create community connections
  • develop inter-relationships
  • observe stewardship
  • and question what is and imagine what could be.

Our history

It began with a single quarter-acre teaching garden. Established by Dr. David Creech in 1985, this small patch of land near the Agriculture Building originally served as a living classroom for SFA’s horticulture students.

Since then, SFA Gardens has expanded to encompass 128 acres of native plants, trees, display gardens and educational facilities, including:

  • Kingham Children’s Garden
  • Hinds Park
  • Mast Arboretum
  • Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden
  • Gayla Mize Garden
  • Pineywoods Native Plant Center

Today, this small “teaching garden” has blossomed into a regional resource that provides students of all ages an opportunity to connect to nature and learn the trees, plants and flowers of East Texas.


SFA Gardens

Office Address: 2900 Raguet St. 

Mailing Address:
PO Box 13000, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962