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

Presented by Devon Energy Corporation

  • Saturday, March 11, 9am-4pm
  • Devon Energy Auditorium
  • $35 members; $60 nonmembers; $20 students with ID
  • Optional box lunch $14
  • Register by Tuesday, March 7

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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.

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.

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 the literal layers 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.

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

In this talk, Kelly will enlighten us with the myriad of gorgeous plants available for a layered garden. He’ll discuss plants for each of the layers – groundcovers, annuals, perennials, and shrubs – and the best ones for a sustainable and striking garden. Great plant combos 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

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

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 amazing tree options for Oklahoma. He’ll talk about the trees best suited for our climate, which means they’re easier to grow and more sustainable. He’ll discuss trees from 12 feet tall to 120 feet tall, showing many examples that can add interest and beautiful layers to your garden.

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