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 is “Layered Gardens for Year-Round Beauty and Sustainability.” It will be held Saturday, March 11 at the Devon Auditorium, 9am-5pm. Cost is $35 Gardens’ members, $65 nonmembers, $20 students. For the full agenda and to register visit here. 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.
Here’s a close-up look at our speaker line-up:
Keynote speaker Kelly D. Norris is an award-winning author and plantsman from Iowa and the first Director of Horticulture at the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden. Throughout his career, his work has been featured in The New York Times, Organic Gardening, Martha Stewart Living, Country Gardens, Garden Design and in numerous local and regional media appearances. At the Botanical Garden, Kelly directs and manages a team of horticultural professionals in all aspects of design, curation, programming, and garden management, after serving as the principal horticulture consultant to the $18 million renovation project completed in 2014. He’s popularly known for his book A Guide to Bearded Irises: Cultivating the Rainbow for Beginners and Enthusiasts from Timber Press, which won the 2013 American Horticultural Society Book Award. His most recent book—Plants with Style—debuted in December 2015.
Linda Horn is currently the Marketing and Community Relations Director for Total Environment, Inc., an Oklahoma City based an Oklahoma City-based landscape design firm. She is responsible for community relations and design work with clients. Linda holds a Bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma City University in Business and an Ornamental Horticulture degree from S.U.N.Y. at Delhi with a certificate in Horticulture Therapy. In the early 80’s Linda worked at TLC Garden Center, starting the first Nursery and Landscape Department. She later left to go work for OSU-OKC, then returned as TLC’s chief horticulturist and director of marketing until beginning her position with Total.
Andrea DeLong-Amaya, Director of Horticulture, manages the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center’s horticulture programs and is passionate about sharing the value of native plants in planned landscapes. A staff member since 1998, with nearly 30 years of experience in horticulture, she guides 15 staff in the design and management of nine acres of native gardens, 279 acres of natural areas and a native plant nursery. She teaches classes in native plant horticulture and has contributed articles on gardening to prestigious publications such as Taunton’s Fine Gardening, Rodale’s Organic Gardening, Neil Sperry’s Gardens magazine. She was a member of the design and construction team that recently opened the new 4.5 acre Luci and Ian Family Garden at the Wildflower Center that provides a fun, interactive, and safe garden experience for families and incorporates environmentally sustainable landscaping approaches.
Early in Mark Bays’ life while camping and fishing with his family and as a Boy Scout, he developed a great affection for nature and since 9th Grade, has known he would be working with trees. Mark has a degree in Forest Management from Oklahoma State University. Following graduation, he worked for several years in traditional forestry, then was self-employed in the private sector as a consultant in urban forestry, arboriculture and tree care. Mark has been with Oklahoma Forestry Services for the past 25 years where he has been helping communities and individuals across the state appreciate the value, benefits and services trees provide as an Urban Forestry Coordinator. Since 1996, he and many others have helped with the rescue and recovery of the “Survivor Tree” at the Oklahoma City National Memorial.