Oklahoma Gardening School, 'Growing Beautiful, Successful and Low-Maintenance Herb Gardens'
Oklahoma Gardening School at Myriad Botanical Gardens, the annual horticultural symposium for home gardeners and professional horticulturists, garden designers and landscape architects, will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 9 at Devon Auditorium, 333 W Sheridan Ave., just west of Devon Energy Tower.
The theme of the symposium, presented by the Meinders Foundation and Devon Energy, is “Growing Beautiful, Successful and Low-Maintenance Herb Gardens.”
Guest speakers will demonstrate, through illustrated talks and Q&A discussions, how to grow herb gardens through adaptive designs, proper plant selection, and precise cultivation and maintenance practices.
Sponsors include TLC Garden Center, Grooms Irrigation, American Plant Products, Calvert’s Plant Interiors, Kitty and Richard Champlin, Minick Materials, Total Environment and Plant Wisdom Garden Center. In-kind sponsors are AC Hotel by Marriott OKC Bricktown and Holiday Inn Express-Bricktown.
Cost is $40 for Gardens members, $70 for nonmembers and $25 for students (with ID). Optional box lunches can be purchased for $15. Lunch will be in the Park House Event Center at Myriad Gardens where an Herb Market will be presented by Bill Farris, owner and operator, of Prairie Wind Nursery in Norman. Register at myriadgardens.org. For more information, call 445-7080.
Speakers will be:
• Matthew Benson, Balmville, New York, a writer, photographer, author and organic farmer whose work focuses on issues of food, sustainability, and organics. He is the owner of Stonegate Farm in New York’s Hudson River Valley, where he cultivates organic vegetables, historic fruit, raw honey, and medicinal flowers and herbs. His farm has been featured in The New York Times, Better Homes & Gardens, Organic Gardening and the television show "This Old House," among others.
• Holly Shimizu, Glen Echo, Maryland, a nationally recognized horticulturist with a specialty in herbs and herb gardens. She was the first curator of The National Herb Garden at the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington, D.C., executive director of the U.S. Botanic Garden, and for more than 10 years was a host of the popular "Victory Garden" on PBS.
• Jenny Wegley, Dallas, vice president of horticulture operations at Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. She has been recognized as one of 40 industry professionals under age 40 who help determine the future of horticulture. Her creativity and knowledge of plant trials have circulated in numerous industry publications throughout her career.
• Lori Coats, Tuttle, an Oklahoma Master Gardener who has been featured in Oklahoma Gardener Magazine and Edible OKC Magazine. She is an herbalist who owns My Raggedy Herbs, a teaching garden that demonstrates backyard kitchen gardening for medicinal and culinary purposes.