OKC Thunder adjusting to earlier game timesOKC Thunder: Five takeaways from win against WizardsCoronavirus in Oklahoma: 486 new cases, no new deaths reported today

NewsOK: Oklahoma City News, Sports, Weather & Entertainment

Myriad Botanical Gardens to present annual Oklahoma Gardening School at Oklahoma City University

A look at an eco-friendly garden. [MYRIAD BOTANICAL GARDENS]
A look at an eco-friendly garden. [MYRIAD BOTANICAL GARDENS]

The wind comes sweeping down the plain, storms are watched and warned, hail settles in drifts — no respite from a drought — and it can all be in a day's gardening in Oklahoma.

Gardening isn't easy. So, people go to Gardening School.

Myriad Botanical Gardens’ annual Oklahoma Gardening School is two weeks away. It will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 21 at Kerr-McGee Auditorium in the Meinders School of Business at Oklahoma City University.

This year's theme: “Gardening for a Changing Climate: Transforming Your Yard into a Beautiful, Resilient and Eco-Friendly Garden.”

The cost is $40 for Myriad Gardens members, $70 for nonmembers and $25 for students with ID. An optional box lunch costs $15. Register at myriadgardens.org.

The symposium, designed for home gardeners, professionals, garden designers and landscape architects, is presented by the Meinders Foundation. Experts will present illustrated talks and lead Q&A discussions on how to create and maintain more sustainable gardens in Oklahoma.

Here is the schedule, with speakers and topics:

8-8:45 a.m.: Breakfast, check-in.

8:45-8:55 a.m.: Welcome.

9:50-10:05 a.m.: Break, visit exhibitors.

10:05-11 a.m.: Speaker, Nick McCullough, New Albany, Ohio, owner and operator, McCullough’s Landscape & Nursery LLC. He studied horticulture and art history at The Ohio State University, and landscape design in northwest England. The aesthetic of English gardens are of particular interest and inspiration.

His topic: “Choosing Sustainable Designs: Making Your Dream Garden a Reality.”

"As growers, designers and installers, McCullough’s Landscape & Nursery has the benefit of seeing projects through from inception to maintenance. Owner and lead designer Nick McCullough will share how this process leads to exceptional end results. From growing to design and ongoing maintenance, he’ll share real-life examples of choosing sustainable options for your garden that are beautiful and responsible."

11-12:30 p.m.: Pre-registered lunch option in the Norick Lounge.

12:30–1:25 p.m.: Speakers, Lance Swearengin and Nate Tschaenn, Oklahoma City. Swearengin is director of horticulture and grounds for Scissortail Park, with a bachelor’s degree in public garden management and a master’s degree in horticulture science, both from Oklahoma State University. Tschaenn is director of horticulture for Myriad Botanical Gardens, and came to Oklahoma City as manager of the Crystal Bridge Conservatory by way of the Longwood Graduate Program in Delaware where he received a master’s in public horticulture. He also spent four years at Cleveland Botanical Gardens.

Their topic: “Garden Renovation: Plant Selections for a Changing Climate.”

"Let’s face it, gardening in Oklahoma can be challenging. From extreme heat to cold and floods to drought, it’s hard to know what to expect. Luckily, we can turn to local experts like those at our botanical parks downtown for their sage advice. From the Myriad Botanical Gardens to the newly planted Scissortail Park, come learn about tried and true plant selections that work for Oklahoma and will bring you lasting success in your landscape."

1:25-1:40 p.m.: Break, visit exhibitors.

1:40-2:35 p.m.: Speaker, Stacie Martin, Tulsa, director of horticulture at Gathering Place, Tulsa’s Riverfront Park, with experience in arboretums, conservatories, reforestation, and event parks. She previously worked at Missouri Botanical Garden, and holds a bachelor's degree in business education from Wilmington College.

Her topic: "An Eco-Friendly Transformation: Establishing & Caring for Your Garden.”

"Eco-friendly gardening techniques can get complicated and overwhelming quickly. Hear about the eco-friendly transformation techniques practiced at Gathering Place, Tulsa’s Riverfront Park, and ways to utilize them in your home landscapes. Learn about prairie establishment, pest control, and how soil, water and nutrient management can take your garden and your green thumb to the next level of sustainability."

2:35-3 p.m.: Q&A, raffle.

The Oklahoma Gardening School is sponsored by SqueezeEveryDrop.com, TLC Garden Centers, Total Environment, Grooms Irrigation and Landscape, Red Earth Landscaping, American Plant Products and Services Inc., Kitty and Richard Champlin, Calvert’s Plant Interiors, Plant Wisdom Garden Center, TruGreen and Colcord Hotel.

Related Photos
<strong>A home landscaped garden with purple echinacea coneflowers and plants. [MYRIAD BOTANICAL GARDENS]</strong>

A home landscaped garden with purple echinacea coneflowers and plants. [MYRIAD BOTANICAL GARDENS]

<figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-0983d0f348140ebc07b854697597d48f.jpg" alt="Photo - A home landscaped garden with purple echinacea coneflowers and plants. [MYRIAD BOTANICAL GARDENS] " title=" A home landscaped garden with purple echinacea coneflowers and plants. [MYRIAD BOTANICAL GARDENS] "><figcaption> A home landscaped garden with purple echinacea coneflowers and plants. [MYRIAD BOTANICAL GARDENS] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-6c3e03a0e63c01ac935bf7bb8942aa73.jpg" alt="Photo - Lauren Springer [MYRIAD BOTANICAL GARDENS] " title=" Lauren Springer [MYRIAD BOTANICAL GARDENS] "><figcaption> Lauren Springer [MYRIAD BOTANICAL GARDENS] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-ad8e6caa8bec417f7f3ffd136f6b42d5.jpg" alt="Photo - Nick McCullough [MYRIAD BOTANICAL GARDENS] " title=" Nick McCullough [MYRIAD BOTANICAL GARDENS] "><figcaption> Nick McCullough [MYRIAD BOTANICAL GARDENS] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-77b954e4ebcd811d7b681845193fbf30.jpg" alt="Photo - Lance Swearengin [MYRIAD BOTANICAL GARDENS] " title=" Lance Swearengin [MYRIAD BOTANICAL GARDENS] "><figcaption> Lance Swearengin [MYRIAD BOTANICAL GARDENS] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-e5e9fb262d3a2e319a845b34fd2ad79f.jpg" alt="Photo - Nate Tschaenn [MYRIAD BOTANICAL GARDENS] " title=" Nate Tschaenn [MYRIAD BOTANICAL GARDENS] "><figcaption> Nate Tschaenn [MYRIAD BOTANICAL GARDENS] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-f4f2a460c48c85f4cea0b477be2868a1.jpg" alt="Photo - Stacie Martin [MYRIAD BOTANICAL GARDENS] " title=" Stacie Martin [MYRIAD BOTANICAL GARDENS] "><figcaption> Stacie Martin [MYRIAD BOTANICAL GARDENS] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-ddc3990af6ebb5624a1c1f170d4b7654.jpg" alt="Photo - A look at the 2019 Oklahoma Gardening School [CARL SHORTT JR./PROVIDED BY MYRIAD BOTANICAL GARDENS] " title=" A look at the 2019 Oklahoma Gardening School [CARL SHORTT JR./PROVIDED BY MYRIAD BOTANICAL GARDENS] "><figcaption> A look at the 2019 Oklahoma Gardening School [CARL SHORTT JR./PROVIDED BY MYRIAD BOTANICAL GARDENS] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-76e6f74165715cd237baef2a28d4c890.jpg" alt="Photo - A view of an eco-friendly home garden. [MYRIAD BOTANICAL GARDENS] " title=" A view of an eco-friendly home garden. [MYRIAD BOTANICAL GARDENS] "><figcaption> A view of an eco-friendly home garden. [MYRIAD BOTANICAL GARDENS] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-5d583c747453148c12ef7d83a6a7e99c.jpg" alt="Photo - Last year's Oklahoma Gardening School. [KATRINA WARD/PROVIDED BY MYRIAD BOTANICAL GARDENS] " title=" Last year's Oklahoma Gardening School. [KATRINA WARD/PROVIDED BY MYRIAD BOTANICAL GARDENS] "><figcaption> Last year's Oklahoma Gardening School. [KATRINA WARD/PROVIDED BY MYRIAD BOTANICAL GARDENS] </figcaption></figure><figure><img src="//cdn2.newsok.biz/cache/r960-3984dfb5f5d6ac0d9ac123990b328228.jpg" alt="Photo - A look at an eco-friendly garden. [MYRIAD BOTANICAL GARDENS] " title=" A look at an eco-friendly garden. [MYRIAD BOTANICAL GARDENS] "><figcaption> A look at an eco-friendly garden. [MYRIAD BOTANICAL GARDENS] </figcaption></figure>
Richard Mize

Real estate editor Richard Mize has edited The Oklahoman's weekly residential real estate section and covered housing, commercial real estate, construction, development, finance and related business since 1999. From 1989 to 1999, he worked... Read more ›

Comments