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Oklahoma Gardening School goes virtual with the theme 'Gifts of the Garden'

Dan J. Hinkley [PROVIDED]
Dan J. Hinkley [PROVIDED]

Oklahoma Gardening School at Myriad Botanical Gardens, presented by the Meinders Foundation, will be offered online only starting March 13 until April 13.

The annual event showcases local and national experts in gardening, plant selection and garden design for the home gardener, professional horticulturist, garden designer and landscape architect.

This year’s virtual symposium, with the theme of "Gifts of the Garden," will feature a inspirational speakers to show ways that gardens can become places of purpose and resiliency, offering irreplaceable gifts in return for time and attention. Registrants will hear from experts who will inspire, surprise and engage with their varied experiences.

From cultivating a wild garden on Puget Sound to creating a refuge for self, native plants and animals, to new ways of growing food alongside trees, shrubs and flowers, and incorporating stylish house plants into interior design, Oklahoma Garden School offers something for everyone.

The Gold Sponsor is Total Environment. Additional sponsors include, Grooms Irrigation, TLC Garden Centers, Calvert’s Plant Interiors, Minick Materials, Full Circle Bookstore, and The Garden Conservancy. Cost is $15 for members, $30 nonmembers. Register at

Presentations, with descriptions by Myriad Botanical Gardens, include:

"Windcliff: A Story of People, Plants, and Gardens," presented by The Garden Conservancy: Owner Dan J. Hinkley, plant explorer, "will inspire us to dream big as he walks us through his latest book, 'Windcliff: A Story of People, Plants and Gardens.' This new book follows the course of Hinkley’s plant-obsessed life as he developed his latest garden on a high bluff overlooking Puget Sound in Indianola, Washington.

"Dan Hinkley is a modern-day plant explorer and collector. Washington State’s Puget Sound is where he cultivates 6.5 acres of a south-facing bluff overlooking the Salish Sea aptly named Windcliff. Hinkley will share principles of good horticulture gathered from more than five decades of gardening, share memories associated with the many plants in his garden collected from around the world, and inspire us to dream big in whatever garden space we have."

His book is for sale for $31.50

"New Naturalism: Designing and Planting a Resilient, Ecologically Vibrant Home Garden": Kelly D. Norris, creator, Three Oaks Garden, "has a passion for planting at the intersections of horticulture and ecology. The former director of horticulture and education at Des Moines Botanical Garden, he is the author of several books including his newest, 'New Naturalism: Designing and Planting a Resilient, Ecologically Vibrant Garden Home.'

"Norris will show us that landscapes at home and in the public realm can be beautiful and ecologically functional if we deepen our understanding of plants and place. Norris, who presented at Oklahoma Gardening School in 2017, is creator of Three Oaks Garden, a repository of ideas and planting fields on an oak-covered hill above the Des Moines River."

His book is for sale for $27.

Foodscaping with Grains: Brie Arthur, "Brie the Plant Lady," best-selling author and lifelong home gardener, "has fine-tuned her signature gardening technique of 'Foodscaping.' This sustainable practice of landscape design embraces beauty and bounty.

"Brie Arthur lives and works in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she shares her expertise as an advocate for consumer horticulture and home gardening. Author of 'Foodscape Revolution,' Arthur combines the art and science of landscaping and gardening, mixing ornamentals with vegetables to create practical and edible landscapes that are aesthetically pleasing. While the foodscaping concept is not new, Arthur will demonstrate new and creative ways to hide fruit, vegetables, herbs and grains amongst the trees, shrubs and perennials in the garden."

Her book, "Gardening with Grains," is for sale for $21.56.

Houseplants for Health and Happiness: Jenny Peterson, owner, J. Peterson Garden Design, will talk about "the healing power of houseplants. From plant and container selections to figuring out your own personal houseplant 'style,' Jenny will walk you through how to create your own indoor garden oasis guaranteed to elevate your happiness and well-being.

"Jenny Peterson is an Austin, Texas-based author and designer who specializes in plants and gardens that promote health, wellness and balance. Combining interior design and indoor gardening, Peterson has elevated houseplant style from violets in the kitchen window and ficus trees in the corner. Using a variety of stylish containers, and plants, Peterson will demonstrate how to create contemporary garden displays inside.

"In addition to running her successful design firm, Peterson has been treated for cancer twice, and shares with others how gardening can help enhance quality of life and foster healing. She is co-author of 'Indoor Plant Décor: The Design Stylebook for Houseplants,' and the award-winning 'The Cancer Survivor’s Garden Companion.' "

"Indoor Plant Décor: The Design Stylebook for Houseplants," by Kylee Baumle and Jenny Peterson, is for sale for $15.26.

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