Nacogdoches takes its title as the Garden Capital of Texas seriously. With hundreds of thousands of colorful flowers, towering trees, and ornamental shrubs, the beauty is endless in this town.
Gayla Mize Garden
1523 E. Starr Ave., 936/468-4129
Meandering trails weave through a high pine canopy and an extensive collection of ornamental shrubs and trees, notably deciduous azaleas, hydrangeas and camellias. Savor a stroll in the seven-course labyrinth.
Jim and Beth Kingham Children’s Garden
806 East College St., 936/468-4129
The Jim & Beth Kingham Children’s Garden was established with community support to create a tranquil and beautiful outdoor space for learning. There are many facets within this garden, but the crown jewel is our Timber Frame Pavilion built in 1998 by the Timber Framers Guild of North America. The Jim & Beth Kingham Children’s Garden is a popular place on campus for picnics and studying, and it welcomes approximately 3,000 children each April for the Bugs, Bees, Butterflies and Blossoms Festival. This garden is named in honor of Jim and Beth Kingham, enthusiastic supporters of SFA and the Nacogdoches community.
Jimmy Hinds Park
Austin Street between Raguet St. and University Dr., 936/468-4129
Dedicated to the first agriculture professor at SFA, this garden features an extensive muscadine collection and “Tree Henge,” a mysterious circle of weeping bald cypress trees.
1924 Wilson Dr., 936/468-4129
The first arboretum at a university in Texas, this garden spills over 10 acres and lies along the Lanana Creek Trail. Enjoy the wide diversity of plant life, including rare trees, shrubs, vines and perennials. Don’t miss the Monarch Waystation at the Jim and Beth Kingham Children’s Garden.
Nacogdoches County Master Gardeners Demonstration Garden
Main St. and University Dr.
This 7.3-acre teaching garden includes a butterfly garden, bulb garden and large vegetable garden.
Become a Texas Master Gardener! The Master Gardener Program is a volunteer development program offered by the Texas Agrilife Extension Service and is designed to increase the availability of horticultural information and improve the quality of life through horticultural projects. Learn more at txmg.org/nacogdoches.
Pineywoods Native Plant Center
2900 Raguet St., 936/468-4129
Two miles of accessible trails wind through these lovely gardens, a wonderful place for bird and wildlife viewing. Center grounds contain hundreds of species — pines, hardwoods, ferns and flowering plants and a unique collection of native East Texas plants in the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Demonstration Gardens.
1924 Wilson Dr., 936/468-7850
The Plantery is an interactive garden that provides hands-on experience for students at SFA. Come learn something new by visiting our micro-farm Sprout, the plant production facilities and teaching gardens.
Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden
West of University Dr. between Starr Ave. and College St., 936/468-4129
The largest azalea garden in Texas features more than 7,000 azaleas and is the centerpiece of Nacogdoches’ annual Azalea Trail with 1.25 miles of accessible trails.