Oklahoma Gardening School: 
Garden Designs to Nurture Nature & Ourselves

Saturday, March 10, 9am-4pm
Devon Auditorium

Presenting Sponsors

  • Devon Energy Corp.
  • Meinders Foundation


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.

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.

With a theme of Garden Designs to Nurture Nature and Ourselves, speakers will inspire us as they demonstrate how to design a landscape that nurtures our souls through beauty and relaxation. Attendees will learn how to create caring and thoughtfully planned spaces that serve as wildlife habitats while strengthening the ecological health of our communities.  

Register by Tuesday, March 7; this event sells out quick so register early if possible!


The Schedule


Breakfast and Registration


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.


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

Join Dr. Kathleen Wolf as she reminds us of the incredible benefits we discover when we care for our land, ourselves and our communities. Kathy will explore 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 co-design for co-benefits can achieve the places, both wild and sacred, that nurture you and nature.




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

Why do we call some insects “beneficial” while others are “pests”? Why are some plants considered “desirable” while others are “weeds”? In this myth-busting talk, Nancy will teach how common growing methods divide the natural world into false dichotomies and perpetuate misperceptions about the wild species living among us. Nancy will share practical ways to put humane gardening philosophies into action by protecting wild nurseries of animals large and small, eliminating hazards to wildlife, nurturing plants that provide food and shelter, and humanely resolving conflicts with mammals and other commonly misunderstood creatures.


Box Lunch at Myriad Botanical Gardens Park House Event Center or on your own


“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. Adam Sarmiento, a true encyclopedia of Oklahoma plants, will share some of his favorite plants, from tender perennials to towering trees. Adam will come, list in hand, and have you so excited about plants you’ll want to run home and get started.




“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 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