Nacogdoches: The Garden Capital of Texas

Nacogdoches has many beautiful gardens. From compact pocket parks to the native landscapes at historic sites to the extensive network of gardens and trails on the SFA campus, our notable green spaces provide peaceful spots for relaxation and reflection and opportunities for edification and discovery.

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For centuries, the people who have called these lush forests home have cultivated the land, tending gardens that have nourished the body and spirit. Nacogdoches is on the site of a Caddo village occupied by a tribe whose culture centered around farming. In the 1850s, Frederick Law Olmsted, the landscape architect who designed New York’s Central Park, made note of the town’s gardens in his travel diary, calling them “the first exterior sign of cultivation of mind since Red River.”

Garden People

Today, the many gardens across Nacogdoches allow visitors to look both backwards and forwards in time. Many of our historic sites have traditional, period-appropriate landscaping that preserves the state’s horticultural heritage, while the Mast Arboretum on the Stephen F. Austin State University campus is dedicated to testing and promoting new plants for the landscape and nursery industry.

The many green spaces across Nacogdoches also provide an opportunity to pause and enjoy the present. Parks offer quiet refuge from the hard edges of the modern world, and the Lanana Creek Trail links the Ruby M. Mize Azalea garden to the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, allowing visitors to wander leisurely through a breathtakingly diverse collection of plants, from picturesque Japanese maples to the elegant yet hardy species native to the region.

Each of these gardens can stand alone as a peaceful oasis and a delightful attraction; collectively they serve as an example of Nacogdoches’ dedication to “the thoughtful cultivation of the splendor of nature.”* We hope you enjoy your visit to the many beautiful landscapes that have made our city the official Garden Capital of Texas.

*From TX HCR24 | 2013-2014 | 83rd Legislature, officially designating Nacogdoches as The Garden Capital of Texas.

To view the Garden Capital of Texas Brochure, click here.


Crepe Myrtle Garden
Access from University Dr.
On the campus of SFA, between Homer Bryce Stadium and the Commuter Parking Lot.

Durst Taylor House and Gardens

Durst-Taylor Historic House and Gardens

(936) 560-4443
304 North St.
The historically accurate garden surrounding this circa 1835 wood-frame house help portray what life was like in Texas during the 1840s. Plants include fruit trees, pecan trees, sugarcane, herbs, vegetables and Louis Phillipe antique roses.

Eugenia Sterne Park

Main St. and Lanana St.

Gayla Mize Garden

Chinese fringe trees, deciduous hollies, deciduous azaleas, redbuds, dogwoods and camellias fill this garden.

Jim and Beth Kingham Children’s Garden

The entrance of this garden is planted with bright annual flowers surrounding a timber-frame pavilion. Visitors enjoy the water feature, educational area and planting field.

Liberty Memorial Garden

Pearl St.
Plantings along the exercise trail in Banita Creek Park North commemorate lives lost during the tragic events of 9/11.

Margil Park

805 E. Main St.
Pick up the Lanana Creek Trail at Liberty Hall

Millard’s Crossing Historic Village
Millard’s Crossing Historic Village

(936) 564-6631
6020 North St.
This reconstructed historic village of original 19th century structures is landscaped with traditional plants.

Nacogdoches County Master Gardeners Demonstration Garden

Main St. and University Dr.
This 7.3 acre tract on the site of the old Aqua Vitae Park includes a butterfly garden, a Good Bug Garden, a bulb garden, a vegetable garden, a Memory Walk surrounded by roses, azalea and camellia beds and several varieties of baldcypress, maple, oak, sycamore and crapemyrtles. Its structures include a rainwater collection system, multiple benches and a gazebo.

Oak Grove
Oak Grove Cemetery

200 N. Lanana St.
Oak Grove Cemetery is one of the most famous in Texas. It is the final resting place for a number of legendary Texans, including four signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence.

Old University Building Rose Garden

(936) 569-7292
515 N. Mound St.
A formal 19th century garden blooming with period-appropriate Old Garden Roses. It includes the the first China Rose in America, “Old Blush” or “Parson’s Pink,” introduced in 1752

Pineywoods Native Plant Center

(936) 468-1832
2900 Raguet St.
Features of this 42-acre garden on the north end of the SFA
campus include Tucker Woods Trail, with more than two miles of universally accessible pathways through a native bottomland hardwood forest; the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Demonstration Garden, which grows more than 100 species native to the East Texas Pineywoods; and the Healing Memorial Garden.

Plaza Principal

200 E. Main St.
The beautifully landscaped town square is shaded by crapemyrtles, camellias and includes show stopping azaleas. You will find a variety of other seasonally planted color throughout the year.

Pocket Park

Pecan St.
Ruby Mize

Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden

(936) 468-1832
University Dr. (between Starr Ave. and College St.)
The largest azalea garden in Texas, this eight-acre garden in a loblolly pine forest contains 46 planting beds, 1.25 miles of universally accessible trails and 50 benches. Explore more than 550 varieties of rhododendron, 100 varieties of camellia, more than 200 varieties of hydrangea, Japanese maples and other unique collections. Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden is the highlight of the Nacogdoches Azalea Trail; it hosts special events and guided tours each spring. For details, visit www.NacogdochesAzaleas.com. Nacogdoches was named the first "Azalea City of America" by the Azalea Society of America in 2004 and was recertified in 2012.

Spanish Religious Plaza
SFA Mast Arboretum

(936) 468-1832
Wilson Dr.
Dedicated to testing and promoting a diverse collection of plants for the landscape and nursery industry in the South, This 18-acre green space boasts more than 7,500 different plants and features more than 20 theme gardens.

SFA Recreational Trails and Garden

(936) 468-1832
University Dr. (between Starr Ave. and College St.)
Bike, run, hike or walk through this 68-acre forest with miles of shaded trails.

Sterne-Hoya House Museum and Library

(936) 560-5426
211 S. Lanana St.
Built by Adolphus Sterne, this structure is believed to be the oldest frame house of major historical significance still standing on its original site in Nacogdoches. Crapemyrtles, Chinese parasols and dogwoods are just a few of the tree varieties growing on the property. The surrounding gardens include azaleas, hydrangeas, roses and camellias and a living espalier fence.

Sustainable Vegetable Garden

(936) 468-1832
Starr Ave. (between North St. and University Dr.)
SFA’s lab gardens include small farm-production and commercial-sized plots, as well as several raised beds. Used for research projects on sustainable vegetable production practices, much of the project’s fresh produce supplies local food banks.

Zion Hill Baptist Church Cemetery


Appleby Community Farm

(936) 645-7201
11825 US HWY 59N
Open anytime, but please call before you come. This nine-acre farm north of Nacogdoches has a Community Supported Agriculture program that offers organically grown vegetables. Crops include u-pick and already picked beans, broccoli, cucumbers, herbs/spices, melons, onions, peas, peppers, pumpkins, rhubarb, summer squash, winter squash and tomatoes. Directions: We are located a little north of Nacogdoches toward Garrison, 2 miles east of the Highway 259 & 59 intersection/loop. Our sign & driveway is on the north side of Highway 59. Cash and check payments are accepted.  

Birdwell’s Blueberry Busy

(936) 564-5625
983 Shady Acres
Pick-your-own blueberries and buy your own blueberry plants. Directions: From Nacogdoches High School, go North on Appleby Sand Road. Go 4 1/2 miles to Appleby City Limits sign, take the next street to the left which is Shady Acres. Go to the end of the street (about one mile). Take the left driveway, #983.

Blueberry Farms

451 CR 2052
(936) 559-9157
Pick-your-own blueberries and purchase your own blueberry plants. Directions: Go northeast on FM 1878 3 miles past Loop 224. Turn left into Carrizo Creek Estates. Take the first street to the left. Turn into the third driveway on the left at 451. 

Farmers Market

Nacogdoches Farmers Market

(936) 559-2507
107 W. Pearl St.
Each Saturday, vendors sell homegrown and homemade items, including local produce, flowers, herbs and plants.

Stoneybrook Farm

(936) 569-4859
6427 S. FM 225
Open: Tuesday to Saturday from 9am to 6pm.
Pick-your-own plums in late May peaches first of June to late July. Blackberries, blueberries, figs, flowers, melons, nectarines, peaches and plums are also available when in season. We also sell blueberry and blackberry plants. Always call before you visit. Directions: From West Loop 224 Take FM 225 west toward lake Nacogdoches for 3.1 miles, look for old green and white Sinclair gas station sign on the left hand side of the road. Cash and check payments are accepted.

The Blueberry Place

(936) 559-9157
451 CR 2052
The Blueberry Place is a small pick-your-own blueberry farm with two acres dedicated to three different varieties of blueberries: Tifblue, Climax and Bluebell. Since no pesticides of any kind are used, the berries can be eaten right off the bush (and you can eat all you want while you pick). Cash and check payments are accepted. Directions: Approximately 3 miles from Loop 224 to Carrizo Creek Estates; left turn into subdivision; left turn on County Road 2052; third mail box on left. 


Cook's Nursery

(936) 564-6359
3535 Hwy. 21 W.

East Texas Landscaping

(936) 715-0444
2887 HWY 21W


Nacogdoches’ location in the heart of the Pineywoods makes it the perfect place to plant yourself while extending your visit with a driving tour to notable East Texas gardens and farms.

King's Nursery

(936) 248-3811
956 George Bowers Dr., Tenaha

Pineywoods Herb Farm

(936) 655-2416
2259 CR 4625, Kennard (38 miles west of Nacogdoches)
Herb farm that hosts group luncheons and special classes and workshops.

The Lily Farm

(936) 572-1962
10056 HWY 7W, Center (22 miles east of Nacogdoches)
One of the largest daylily farms in the United States, with more than four acres of daylilies

Garden Events

Nacogdoches is a year-round destination for gardens, arts, entertainment, recreation, shopping and other special events. Check out our calendar at VisitNacogdoches.org for more information. Stephen F. Austin State University hosts the SFA Gardens Lecture Series on the second Thursday of each month. The Nacogdoches Master Gardeners host a "Lunch and Learn" event on the second Thursday of each month.


Nacogdoches Azalea Trail
Farmers’ Market Spring Fling


SFA Spring Garden Gala
Earth Day Celebration


Master Gardeners Plant Sale

Annual Home Garden Tours


Texas Blueberry Festival
Pick-Your-Own Peaches, Plums, Blueberries & Blackberries


Pick-Your-Own Peaches, Plums, Blueberries & Blackberries 


SFA Gardens' Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series


Farmers’ Market Fall Fling


Fall Azalea & Tree Sale
SFA Fabulous Fall Festival


Fall Foliage Trails

WHEREAS, The thoughtful cultivation of the splendor of nature is one of the most sublime expressions of the human spirit, and the skill and devotion with which the city of Nacogdoches has for many years showcased its lovely trees and flowering plants is indeed deserving of special recognition; now, therefore, be it RESOLVED, That the 83rd Legislature of the State of Texas hereby designate Nacogdoches as the official Garden Capital of Texas.
TX HCR24 | 2013-2014 | 83rd Legislature