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Review of SFA Mast Arboretum

SFA Mast Arboretum
Ranked #8 of 36 things to do in Nacogdoches
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Owner description: The first arboretum at a university in Texas, this on-campus garden spills over 19 acres and lies on a portion of the Lanana Creek Trail.
Reviewed August 21, 2013

We were quite surprised at the size of the garden. When we first drove up it looked quite small but then it keeps going and going. Would love to see it in the spring and fall.

Thank lchamil
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

The Arboretum has a large variety of trees and shrubs that is contiguous with the Ruby Mize Azalea Garden. It is carefully maintained by the SFA Ag department. It is a delightfully restful place during all seasons of the year.

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Reviewed June 23, 2013

The Arboretum is full of different, beautiful plants. My husband and I took many strolls through here in the afternoon. We even took our engagement photos here.

Thank Chasity B
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Reviewed June 9, 2013

We didn't realize that the arboretum would be so extensive and chocked full of plants, but it was! We parked right up next to the path entrance on Wilson Drive, just across from the SFA campus. No entrance or parking fee. It was amazingly shady and cooler throughout the arboretum, so we actually got some heat relief for it to be in June! Our young girls went along with us and enjoyed it. The encased Honeybee hive and educational display was great, and quickly captured all of our attention. There are directions on how to open the bee hive display to view, and then close up when done. We saw so many varieties of plants, trees, herbs, and flowers that I couldn't keep count. Everything was marked well, though you may need to brush off fallen leaves or new growth to read fully. Alot of time and work has been put into developing and the upkeep of this place!! We spent about 1 hour, and along the way we could sit on benches or swings to relax. We met a sweet senior lady who had her rolling walker, in case there is question of the accessiblity. There are a few small steps and unlevel areas in some parts, but seems like there was enough level pathways as an alternate route to still get around and enjoy this place. Our girls loved the red metal flower art we saw, as well as the purple tire planters, where there is a variety of cooking herbs growing. Plenty of teaching moments for kids, like rosemary is "what we cook our chicken with sometimes"...or parsley. "Guess what this smell/plant is?" There was a very full fig tree ("yum, like what grandma makes her preserves out of"). A wooden bridge spans over the LaNana Creek, and lots of turtles to see below. The other side of the bridge is where the Azalea gardens can be found, but they bloom in spring so we'll look forward to that on a different trip :) So glad we went!

Thank TravelingforFunTexas
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Reviewed June 9, 2013

It's beautiful when the azaleas are blooming. The azalea gardens are quite extensive. Just a short walk over the bridge you can see many other varieties of plants. There are also various art sculptures in the gardens.

Thank Pambela
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