Native Plant Conference

SFA's Dr David Creech is in his element when he's showing off native east Texas plants.    " A lot of times you'll see the one of the kinds in here, " he announces over a microphone before a good size group. Creech is technically retired, but he's still hard at work promoting the benefits of hardy and beautiful native plants of Texas. Creech said,  " We do have an enthusiastic crowd and today is the day we all divide up into busses and go in different directions to different habitats and I happen to have the ones that have done the Mill Creek gardens and the blueberry farm, Lanana Creek Trail. We're doing the arboretum, the azalea garden, and native plant center."

Plant people from all over the south are attending the regional native plant conference. They were on a variety of field trips today. They'll be back at it tomorrow. They're the ones who know the benefits plants provide to even those without a green thumb.   Kaleb Borg works at a botanical garden in Orange. He shared,  " It might be theoretical right now, but it is possible that we're not going to have many green spaces left on this planet, so I think it's important to educate everyone. "

This year's conference focuses on the child and the importance of teaching them the benefits of the green movement. Creech said,  " We're trying to bring green education, environmental education into the forefront. We do a lot of that here at SFA. Over 10,000 kids a year. " the goal is to maintain the green movement and not let it be a passing whim.