“I loved the hands on aspect and the interaction with the instructors.” -Elizabeth

“Very informative program!” –Rebecca Shiplett

“This class sparked my interest and I’ll definitely be back for more!” –Anna

“My daughter and I had so much fun doing this!” –Debbie Hamerski

“Very very well organized.” –Georgia Lamirand

“I loved the holiday music, friendly teaching, and self-paced schedule.” –Sara Burnett

2020 Oklahoma Gardening School

Gardening for a Changing Climate: Transforming Your Yard into a Beautiful, Resilient, Eco-Friendly Garden

  • June 20, 2020, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • $40 member; $65 nonmember; $25 student with ID; optional box lunch $14

Oklahoma Gardening School is the state’s premier annual horticultural symposium designed for home gardeners and professional horticulturists, garden designers and landscape architects. Each year Oklahoma Gardening School showcases national and local experts in gardening, plant selection, and garden design. Their illustrated talks and interactive Q&A sessions help participants convert their Oklahoma lawns into gorgeous, hardy and sustainable spaces.

Soil: The Key to a Healthy Garden

Soil is the foundation of any good garden, and healthy soil is vital in producing resilient plants. Learn the basics of soil structure, soil testing, and how to amend problem soil. Then unearth the essential ingredients and steps in preparing, maintaining, and utilizing organic compost.

Creating a Monarch Waystation

  • Tuesday, May 12, 6:30-8 pm
  • The Garden Classroom & Oklahoma Prairie Garden
  • Member $14; Nonmember $19
  • Instructors:
    • Holly Hunter, Pollinator Garden Enthusiast
    • Jennifer Plato, Monarch Expert
  • Register by Friday, May 8

Monarch Waystations are garden habitats specifically designed to provide the resources necessary for monarchs to produce successive generations and sustain their migration. Learn how to build your own waystation from the ground up, including planning and design, sourcing host and nectar plants, garden maintenance, and certification.

Growing Fruit in Oklahoma

  • Saturday, May 30, 1-2:30pm
  • The Garden Classroom
  • M $14; NM $19
  • Becky Carroll, Associate Extension Specialist, Fruit, and Pecans; Horticulture & Landscape Architecture Department, Oklahoma State University
  • Register by Thursday, May 28

Learn how to get started with home fruit growing, from choosing plants to site considerations. Also, uncover the facts of fruit culture, including details of soils, planting, subsequent care including pruning and dealing with pests and problems. Whether you are a professional producer, or simply growing plants at home, this class will provide the basics, while emphasizing sustainable and environmentally friendly approaches.

Gardening in Dry-Shade Conditions

  • Saturday, June 6 10 am
  • The Garden Classroom
  • Dave Edwards, Professor of Practice, Landscape Architecture Division, Gibbs College of Architecture at the University of Oklahoma
  • Water Conservation Coordinators from The City of Oklahoma City
  • Member $9; Nonmember $14
  • Register by Thursday, March 26

Special thanks to SqueezeEveryDrop.com

This multi-speaker workshop is focused on selecting and cultivating drought-resistant dry-shade plants for hearty low-ground cover. Conservative watering techniques, such as irrigation, mulch and rain barrels will be discussed. Coffee and light breakfast options provided.

Small Space Gardening

Small spaces can make a big impact. We will discuss many imaginative ways to design small spaces for beauty and function. Learn how to use color, line, and form to make your garden appear bigger. Also, learn types of perennials, shrubs, and trees that grow well in a compact environment, as well as growing techniques, including container and vertical gardening.

Fundamentals of Tree Identification

  • Saturday, June 13, 10am-12pm
  • Instructor: Sam Grimmett, Arborist, Scissortail Park
  • Register by Thursday, June 11
  • Member $7; Nonmember $12

This program will focus on teaching the skills that will aid in basic tree identification. Learn to identify native and ornamental tree species with Scissortail Park tree experts at this presentation and tour of the Myriad Gardens and Scissortail Park. There will be a presentation followed by a walking tour of both.

Intermediate Photography Workshop

  • Saturday, June 20, 10am-12pm
  • The Garden Classroom & Meinders Garden
  • Doug Hoke, Director of Photography, The Oklahoman
  • Member $18; Nonmember $24
  • Register by Thursday, June 18

Take your photography skills to the next level. Begin with a group instructional session, and then stroll through our Meinders Garden to capture individual snapshots. The program will conclude with a group reflection, which includes comparisons and critiques aimed at enhancing your talents.