In operation since 1985, the SFA Gardens encompasses 128 acres of an amazing diversity of plant life. There are four main garden areas — the SFA Mast Arboretum, the Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden, the Pineywoods Native Plant Center and the Gayla Mize Garden. The latter is the newest garden under development and is part of the 68-acre SFA Recreational Trails and Gardens.
The SFA Mast arboretum is a 10-acre garden along LaNana creek at Stephen F. Austin State University with one of the most diverse collection of plants in the south. The Mast Arboretum is dedicated to acquiring, testing, introducing and promoting new plants for the landscape and nursery industry in the southern USA.
The Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden is eight acres maintained by a partnership of the Stephen F. Austin State University horticulture program and members of the Nacogdoches community. The garden contains 46 planting beds, 1.25 miles of universally accessible trails, and 50 benches. It features more than 550 varieties of Rhododendron, 100 varieties of Camellia, 200 plus Hydrangea varieties, and a wealth of other unique collections. The Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden is a highlight of the Nacogdoches Azalea Trail that takes place in March each year.
The Pineywoods Native Plant Center is a 42-acre garden on the north end of the Stephen F. Austin State University campus. It's a unique mixture of uplands, mesic mid-slopes and wet creek bottoms. The Tucker House serves as the central feature of the property, which is surrounded by native forest and gardens that celebrate the wonderful diversity of native plants in the region.
The Gayla Mize Garden is a tranquil forest garden across from the Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden.
The SFA Recreational Trails and Gardens is 68 acres of walking and bicycling trails.
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