2018 Oklahoma Gardening School

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Saturday March 10

9:00 AM  –  4:00 PM


2018 Oklahoma Gardening School Presented by Devon Energy


Saturday, March 10


9am – 4pm


Garden Designs to Nurture Nature and Ourselves


Devon Energy Auditorium


$40 members; $70 nonmembers; $25 students with ID; optional box lunch $14


Register by Tuesday, March 7


Myriad Botanical Gardens’ annual Oklahoma Gardening School is the state’s premier annual horticultural symposium designed for home gardeners and professional horticulturists, garden designers and landscape architects. This year’s theme, “Designs to Nurture Nature and Ourselves,” features a line-up of speakers who will demonstrate how to design a nurturing landscape for wildlife and ourselves. See the day's schedule below.

Whatever land we may have, from a city balcony to a suburban backyard to a ranch, we have a gift and responsibility to make the world more beautiful and healthy through our efforts. The results provide a healthier, more beautiful and healing life for ourselves, wildlife, nature and future generations. Speakers will inspire us as they demonstrate how to design a landscape that nurtures our souls through beauty and relaxation. We will learn how to create spaces that are caring and thoughtfully planned so they serve as wildlife habitats and strengthen the ecological health of our communities.  


The Schedule: 

8–9am Breakfast and Registration


9–9:10am Welcome

Make your way into the beautiful Devon Auditorium and enjoy a welcome from Executive Director Maureen Heffernan.



“Designs to Nurture our Land and Ourselves” 

Dr. Kathleen Wolf

Join Dr. Wolf as she reminds us of the incredible benefits we discover when we care for our land, ourselves and our communities. You will learn how the ‘re-wilding’ of cities creates better wildlife and human habitats. She’ll discuss the evidence of benefits, 40 years in the making, and share how strategic design can achieve beautiful spaces that nurture you and nature.


10:10–10:30am Break



“The Humane Gardener: Nurturing a Backyard Habitat for Wildlife” 

Nancy Lawson

In this myth-busting talk, Nancy will teach how common growing methods unnecessarily divide the natural world and encourage misperceptions about the wild species living among us. Nancy will share practical ways to put humane gardening philosophies into action by protecting an array of animals, eliminating unintended hazards to wildlife, nurturing plants that provide food and shelter, and humanely resolving conflicts with mammals and other commonly misunderstood creatures.


11:30am–1pm Lunch at Myriad Botanical Gardens Park House Event Center or on your own



“Tough Oklahoma Plants for Your Backyard Retreat”

Adam Sarmiento

Finding plants that will create a beautiful garden, are good for the earth and wildlife and that withstand the Oklahoma climate can be challenging. Adam Sarmiento, a true Oklahoma plant expert, will share some of his favorite plants, from tender perennials to towering trees. Adam will have you so excited about plants, you’ll want to run home and get started. 


2–2:15pm Break



“Organic Gardening: For the Sake of Nature and Yourself”

Elia Woods

Organic gardening cherishes the web of relationships that sustains life. With over 30 years’ experience as a home gardener and urban farmer, Lia relies on natural systems to grow productive, beautiful, earth-friendly gardens that nourish us in body and soul. Lia will discuss soil health, pests and diseases, water conservation, simple composting methods, and other elements of growing a successful garden.


3:15–3:45pm Q&A, Wrap Up and Book Signings