Stephen F. Austin State University’s SFA Gardens will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10, in the Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, located at 2900 Raguet St. Dr. Jennifer Cruse-Sanders, director of the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, will present “The Greater Atlanta Pollinator Partnership: A Model of Urban Pollinator Conservation.”

 

Cruse-Sanders was made director of the State Botanical Garden of Georgia at the University of Georgia at the beginning of the year. Prior to February, she served as vice-president for science and conservation at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, where she launched the Center for Southeastern Conservation and helped to host the inaugural Southeastern Partners in Plant Conservation meeting. 

 

Cruse-Sanders was the recipient of the 2016 Marsh Award for International Plant Conservation from Botanic Garden Conservation International, 2016 Carl N. Becker Stewardship Award from the Natural Areas Association, and the 2015 USDA Forest Service Wings Across the Americas International Award for Urban Communities in Conservation. She also has published numerous conservation articles with collaborators and students at botanical gardens and universities.

 

The Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series is held the second Thursday of each month and includes a rare-plant raffle after the program. The lecture is free and open to the public, but donations to the Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series fund are always appreciated.

 

Parking is available at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center and Raguet Elementary School, located at 2428 Raguet St.

 

For more information, call (936) 468-4129, or email sfagardens@sfasu.edu.

 

Cutline: Dr. Jennifer Cruse-Sanders of the Georgia Botanical Garden will be the guest speaker for the SFA Gardens’ monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series, slated for 7 p.m. Aug. 10 in the Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center.