Date(s) - 03/11/2017
8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Location: Devon Energy Corporation Auditorium


Photo by Kelly D. Norris.

Oklahoma Gardening School: The Layered Garden for Year-Round Beauty and Sustainability

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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.

The Oklahoma Gardening School showcases local and national experts in gardening, plant selection and garden design. Their illustrated talks and Q&A discussions help participants learn how to create and maintain more beautiful, sustainable and successful gardens in Oklahoma.

The 2017 theme is “The Layered Garden for Year-Round Beauty and Sustainability.” Speakers will discuss how to select and attractively layer heights, shapes, colors, textures and bloom times of ground covers, perennials, shrubs and trees and grow them sustainably to save water and be environmentally-friendly to soil life, pollinators and other wildlife.

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8:30 – 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 and a brief overview of the day from Director of Education Dr. Ann Fleener.

9:10 – 10:10am

Beautifully Layered Oklahoma Gardens
Linda Horn, Director of Marketing and Community Relations, Total Environment, Inc., Nature lover with a passion for anything on four legs needing help!

Learn the art of layering as Linda shares examples of beautiful Oklahoma gardens that have successfully incorporated this dynamic technique. She will discuss examples of how each layer, from groundcovers to trees, have been uniquely applied.  Linda will also point out how design elements such as color, texture, size, shape and bloom time have been considered with each space.  Oklahoma’s climate offers a great opportunity for spending time outdoors throughout the year and Linda will discuss design ideas for year-round enjoyment. 

10:10 – 10:30am – Break

10:30 – 11:30am

Stylish Planting for the Layered Garden
Kelly D. Norris, Author and Director of Horticulture, Des Moines Botanical Garden

Kelly will inspire us with a myriad of choices for gorgeous plants available for a layered garden. He’ll discuss the best groundcovers, annuals, perennials and shrubs for a sustainable and striking garden.  Beautiful plant combinations will also be shared.

11:30am – 1pm

Box Lunch at Myriad Gardens Event Center or on your own

1 – 2pm

Layering in Green Practices on the Plains
Andrea DeLong-Amaya, Director of Horticulture, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Knows life is better outside

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at the University of Texas at Austin is one of the most sustainable gardens in the country and Andrea has been instrumental in making that happen. Andrea will share the many green practices they’ve incorporated into the gardens, both big and small, over the years and will give us tips on how to add them to our home gardens. She’ll discuss how to layer in some of the practices over time so that it’s an easy and affordable transition.

2 – 2:15pm – Break

2:15 – 3:15pm 

Trees: the Final Layer 
Mark Bays, Urban Forestry Coordinator, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, Tree lover, planter and hugger; he’s tight with the Lorax

Trees are the largest element in any garden and can have the biggest impact on creating a beautifully unified garden. Mark will discuss the many tree options best suited for Oklahoma’s climate and sustainable landscapes.  He’ll discuss: trees that range from 12′ – 120′; trees for sun and shade; and trees that can add interest and beautiful layers to your garden year-round. 

3:15 – 3:45pm

Q&A, Wrap Up and Book signings

Choose your yummy box lunch! Please select which box you want in the check out below. 

Box Lunches available from Kamps 1910 Café – $14

All box lunches come with sandwich or salad, chips, cookie & drink

Choose from the following:


  • Old-Fashioned Honey wheat bread, leaf lettuce and tomato with curried chicken salad.
  • 10th Street Club Toasted honey wheat berry, oven-roasted turkey, smoked ham, roast beef, Swiss cheese with leaf lettuce and tomato.
  • Midtown Wrap (Vegetarian) Tortilla stuffed with spinach, tomatoes, red onions, fresh mozzarella, tossed in virgin olive oil and fresh basil pesto.


  • The Spring Chicken (Gluten Free) Grilled chicken breast on a bed of fresh field greens with dates, walnuts, strawberries, pineapple and feta cheese with apple cider vinaigrette.

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