Stephen F. Austin State University’s SFA Gardens will host the monthly Theresa and Les Reeves Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12, in the Brundrett Conservation Education Building at the Pineywoods Native Plant Center, located at 2900 Raguet St. Rebecca Turk, education and events manager for Moore Farms Botanical Gardens in Lake City, South Carolina, will present “Moore Farms Botanical Garden: A Germinating Success from Concept and Collections to Programs.”

Turk is responsible for all visitation programs and outreach at Moore Farms Botanical Gardens. She graduated with her Master of Science in horticulture from North Carolina State University in 2012 after completing her Bachelor of Science in agriculture from SFA in 2010.

Turk discovered her passion for public horticulture and teaching through her mom as well as various jobs at the SFA Mast Arboretum, Nacogdoches Naturally, Missouri Botanical Garden and the JC Raulston Arboretum. She has a strong interest in educating the community and sharing her love of the outdoors.

Turk and her husband, Christopher, love their shared interest in horticulture and enjoy every moment outside with their cat, Daphne, and two dogs, Gaia and Hazel. They recently celebrated the birth of their first child, Emilia, in July.

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.