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Meetings

Unless noted, meetings are open to the public.

Oklahoma Gardeners Association: 9:30 a.m. May 8, Will Rogers Exhibition Center, 3400 NW 36. Program is Water Conserving Landscapes and Garden Design by Adam Sarmiento, founder of Eco Landscaping.

Central Oklahoma Daylily Club: 6 p.m. May 18, Will Rogers Exhibition Center, 3400 NW 36. Speaker is nationally known hybridizer Bill Waldrop and his wife, Diana, from Kennesaw Mountain Daylilies in Marietta, Georgia. Covered dish dinner at 6 p.m. Program at 7 p.m. followed by plant auction. Call 942-6343 for information.

Workshops

COMMONWEALTH URBAN FARMS

Classes are from 11 a.m. to noon at CommonWealth Urban Farms, 3310 N Olie. Tuition is $10 per person or $15 per couple, unless otherwise noted. Free admission for Saturday volunteers. Pay onsite at the beginning of the class.

Food Forest, Saturday. A permaculture food forest is a low maintenance, sustainable and a productive garden of trees, shrubs, herbs, vines and perennial vegetables, based on the natural systems found in forests. Program by Paul Mays, permaculturist for SixTwelve community center.

Growing and Using Your Sensory Herb Garden, May 18. If you’re looking to spice up your garden and kitchen with basil, chives, rosemary, mint and more, learn the best ways to grow and plant herbs. Herb seedlings will be available for sale.

Video series — “How to Grow a Vegetable Garden Even if You’ve Never Planted a Seed in Your Life”: Follow the gardeners at CommonWealth each week from March through October to learn the fundamentals of planting, growing and harvesting. Visit Commonwealth Urban Farms of OKC on Facebook or YouTube. Free.

MYRIAD BOTANICAL GARDENS

The following workshops are at Myriad Botanical Gardens 301 W Reno. Prices vary. Call 445-7080, or go to www.myriadgardens.org for information or to register.

Soil: The Key to a Healthy Garden: 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, the Garden Classroom. Learn the basics of soil structure, soil testing, how to amend problem soil and the essential ingredients and steps in preparing, maintaining, and utilizing organic compost. Cost is $9 for members, $14 for nonmembers. Register by Tuesday.

Organic Gardening: 10 a.m. to noon May 18, the Garden Classroom. Topics will include building organic soil, companion planting, protecting beneficial insects, securing best heirloom seeds, and unconventional planting methods. Registrants will receive free seeds to take home. Cost is $14 for members, $19 for nonmembers. Register by May 14.

OKLAHOMA COUNTY COOPERATIVE EXTENSION SERVICE

The following workshops are presented by the Oklahoma County Cooperative Extension Service, 2500 NE 63. Fees vary. Call 713-1125 or go online to http://oces.okstate.edu/oklahoma for more information.

Success in Summer: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. May 17. This workshop will cover summer gardening tips to keep your lawn, landscape and vegetable garden a success. Learn watering tips, how to keep your plant thriving all summer long. $5 registration fee.

WEDNESDAYS @ WILL

Wednesday @ Will Rogers Gardens lecture series is open to the public and is presented at no charge by the Oklahoma County Extension Master Gardeners and the Oklahoma County OSU Cooperative Extension Service. Workshops are at Will Rogers Exhibition Center, 3400 NW 36.

Cactus & Succulents: 6 p.m. Wednesday. Free and open to the public.

Events

Oklahoma Orchid Society Show and Sale: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Will Rogers Exhibition Center, 3400 NW 36. Free.

Helpline

For answers to horticulture questions, call the Oklahoma County Cooperative Extension at 713-1125, 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Monday-Friday and ask to speak to a Master Gardener. Questions via email may be sent to okmganswers@gmail.com.

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