Oklahoma Gardening School taking place March 10

Oklahoma Gardening School taking place March 10

  • Saturday, March 10, 9am-4pm
  • Devon Auditorium
  • Myriad Gardens’ members $40; Nonmembers $70; Students $25 (Become a member today and save!)
  • Box lunches are available for $14

Presenting Sponsors

  • Devon Energy Corp.
  • Meinders Foundation


Oklahoma Gardening School, the state’s premier annual horticultural symposium designed for home gardeners and professional horticulturists, garden designers and landscape architects will be held Saturday, March 10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Devon Energy Auditorium. 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.

Organized and hosted each year by Myriad Botanical Gardens, cost is $40 for Gardens members; $70 nonmembers; $25 for students. A box lunch is available for $14 or have lunch on your own. Register online at myriadgardens.org.


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.

9:10-10:10am “Designs to Nurture our Land and Ourselves”
Kathleen Wolf, writer and professor, University of Washington, collaborator on Open Spaces, Sacred Spaces

Wolf will explore how the “re-wilding” of cities creates better wildlife and human habitats and share how strategic co-design for co-benefits can achieve the places, both wild and sacred, that nurture ourselves and nature.

10:10-10:30am Break

 10:30-11:30am “The Humane Gardener: Nurturing a Backyard Habitat for Wildlife”
Nancy Lawson, writer and naturalist, author of The Humane Gardener

Lawson will teach how common growing methods divide the natural world into false dichotomies and perpetuate misperceptions about the wild species living among us, share practical ways to put humane gardening philosophies into action by protecting wild nurseries of animals large and small, 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  Box Lunch at Myriad Botanical Gardens Park House Event Center or on your own

1-2pm “Tough Oklahoma Plants That Will Nurture You”
Adam Sarmiento, plantsman and designer, Founder of Eco Landscaping

Finding plants that will create a beautiful garden, are good for the earth and wildlife and can withstand the Oklahoma climate can be a tall order. Sarmiento, a true encyclopedia of Oklahoma plants, will share some of his favorite plants, from tender perennials to towering trees.

2-2:15pm  Break

2:15-3:15pm “Organic Gardening: For the Sake of Nature and Yourself”
Ella Woods, gardener and co-founder of CommonWealth Urban Farms

Organic gardening cherishes the web of relationships that sustains life. With more than 30 years’ experience as a home gardener and urban farmer, Woods relies on natural systems to grow productive, beautiful, earth-friendly gardens that nourish body and soul. She 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



About the speakers

Nancy Lawson is the author of The Humane Gardener: Nurturing a Backyard Habitat for Wildlife and a columnist for All Animals magazine. She is the Oklahoma Gardening School keynote speaker. A frequent speaker on garden ecology, she founded Humane Gardener, an outreach initiative dedicated to animal-friendly landscaping methods. Lawson’s book and wildlife habitat have been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Oprah Magazine, and other media outlets. She previously led the creative teams behind the award-winning magazines of The Humane Society of the United States.

Kathleen Wolf, writer and professor, University of Washington (Seattle), collaborator on Open Spaces, Sacred Places. Wolf is a research social scientist with the College of the Environment at the University of Washington (Seattle), and is also a research associate with the Pacific Northwest Research Station, USDA Forest Service. Her research focus is the human dimensions of urban forestry and urban ecosystems, particularly human health. Another interest is the translation of scientific evidence for use in local government policy and planning. You can view her research at www.naturewithin.info; and the Green Cities: Good Health project at: www.greenhealth.washington.edu

After training in organic agriculture Adam Sarmiento began applying ecological and organic concepts to landscaping in 1998. His design/build firm Eco Landscaping focuses on ecologically beneficial, utilitarian spaces that celebrate the regional character of Oklahoma. The company has been featured in 405 magazine and The Norman Transcript. His writings have been published in Oklahoma Gardener and The Gaillardia. His landscape designs have been awarded Norman’s “Water’s Worth It” award and have been utilized by numerous area schools. Sarmiento also gives presentations and workshops on native plants, mini-farming, and ecological gardening. He has served as the vice president of the Oklahoma Native Plant Society.

Elia Woods is co-founder and farm manager of CommonWealth Urban Farms. She is also coordinator of the Central Park Community Garden, and has been a home gardener for more than 30 years. Her first attempt at gardening when she was 20 years old was a complete failure, and she’s been happily making mistakes and learning ever since. Woods received the Community Catalyst Award from Transition OKC in 2015, and the OKC Human Rights Day Award in 2016.

February Classes for Kids and Adults

February Classes for Kids and Adults

A brief look at Education classes in February for kids and adults.

New this year: Monthly Cooking Programs for Adults and Children!

Join us as we launch our monthly cooking programs, Myriad Kitchen for adults and Sprouting Chefs for children. In both programs, we will cook through the seasons, using garden-fresh and local ingredients. All classes will be hands-on and include a meal or tasting of what has been cooked, building a foundation of basic cooking skills in a fun, approachable way.
The Myriad Kitchen and Sprouting Chefs cooking programs are made possible by the support of Whole Foods Market Oklahoma City, specifically the collaboration on the 5% Day Community Giving Program in Fall 2017 and ongoing donations of fresh ingredients.

Cooking classes in February

Sprouting Chefs: Fun and Fresh Lunches 
Saturday, February 17, 11am-12:30pm
Terrace Room
Food for Thought
Member $15; Nonmember $20
Best for ages 7-11
Saturday, February 17, Noon–2pm
Water Plaza Room
Member $20; Nonmember $27
Kamala Gamble and Barbara Mock, Chefs, Guilford Gardens and Kam’s Kookery
Check back each month to see what we’re offering by looking for Myriad Kitchen or Sprouting Chef labeled classes.

Additional Classes For Kids

February 27 and March 13 & 27, 10 – 11am
Every Other Tuesday, January – March
Children’s Garden (Terrace Room in inclement weather)
Members $3; Nonmembers $4
Best for ages 2-5
Register by Friday before
Saturday, February 24, 11– 11:45am
Children’s Garden Porch
Abigail Curry, Children’s Garden Manager
Member $3; Nonmember $5
Best for ages 5-9
Register by Tuesday, February 20
Every Wednesday, 10am
Crystal Bridge South Lobby
Best for ages 2-5
February 28, 10am
Last Wednesday of Month
Crystal Bridge South Lobby
Best for ages 2-5

Recommended for Adults, Children & Dogs Are Welcome

February 24, 10-11am
Last Saturday of Every Month
South Lobby and Garden Grounds
Walk-ups Welcome

Additional Classes For Adults

Saturday, February 24, 11am-12:30pm
Terrace Room
Member $8; Nonmember $12
Marilyn Stewart, Wild Things Nursery
Tuesday, February 27, 6-7pm
Crystal Bridge 2nd Floor Conference Room
Members $5; Nonmembers $7
Ann Fleener, Director of Education, Myriad Gardens
Register by Friday, February 23