Oklahoma Gardening School: Gifts of the Garden

Oklahoma Gardening School: Gifts of the Garden

Oklahoma Gardening School: Gifts of the Garden

  • Available for viewing March 13 – April 13, 2021
  • Member $15; Nonmember $30
  • Optional additional purchase of one or more of the speakers’ book CLICK HERE

Presented by The Meinders Foundation. Gold sponsor is Total Environment. Sponsors include SqueezeEveryDrop.com, Grooms Irrigation, TLC Garden Centers, Calvert’s Plant Interiors, Minick Materials, Full Circle Bookstore and The Garden Conservancy.

Oklahoma Gardening School, hosted by Myriad Botanical Gardens, is one of the state’s premier horticultural events. This annual event showcases local and national experts in gardening, plant selection and garden design for the home gardener, professional horticulturist, garden designer, and landscape architect.

This year’s virtual symposium, Gifts of the Garden, will feature a quality slate of inspirational speakers to show us ways that gardens can become places of purpose and resiliency, offering us irreplaceable gifts in return for our time and attention. Registrants will hear from experts who will inspire, surprise, and engage us with their varied experiences. From cultivating a wild garden on Puget Sound to creating a refuge for self, native plants, and animals, to new ways of growing food alongside trees, shrubs, and flowers, and incorporating stylish house plants into interior design, Oklahoma Garden School in 2021 offers something for everyone.

About the Virtual Symposium 

  • Your registration fee provides you access to the four presentations. There will be no in-person or live events associated with Oklahoma Gardening School this year.
  • All registrants will receive an emailed link to the pre-recorded video presentations on Saturday, March 13. These videos will then be available to watch through April 13. You do not have to watch the symposium on March 13; this is just the start date of the video availability.
  • You must register by March 12 in order to purchase an add-on speaker book. 
  • We recommend that you register by March 12 to ensure maximum video viewing opportunity. Those who register after March 13 will not have their video availability extended past April 13.

Symposium Presentation

Garden Design

Windcliff: A Story of People, Plants, and Gardens

Plant explorer Dan Hinkley will inspire us to dream big as he walks us through his latest book, Windcliff: A Story of People, Plants and Gardens. This new book follows the course of Hinkley’s plant-obsessed life as he developed his latest garden on a high bluff overlooking Puget Sound in Indianola, Washington. As he reflects on his incredible property, he also reflects upon the principles of good horticulture gathered from over five decades of gardening. Hinkley also shares the memories associated with many of the plants in his garden, from far flung reaches of the world, and the many giants in the world of gardening who have influenced his life and approach to the craft.

Nature-Inspired Plantings

New Naturalism: Designing and Planting a Resilient, Ecologically Vibrant Home Garden

In this era of purposeful and thoughtful gardening, planting is a powerful verb. Planting gardens inspired by nature promotes authentic connections with land, environment and humanity. Why not make a garden that works and looks good doing it? Landscapes at home and in the public realm can be beautiful and ecologically functional if we deepen our understanding of plants and place. In this lecture especially tailored to garden enthusiasts with examples from around the world, plantsman and author Kelly Norris challenges audiences to plant the world to create a more beautiful, functional place.

Edible Landscapes

Foodscaping with Grains

Best-selling author and lifelong home gardener Brie Arthur has fine-tuned her signature gardening technique of Foodscaping. This sustainable practice of landscape design embraces beauty and bounty. Combining expert advice from both of her books, Arthur aims to inspire attendees to think creatively about planting your favorite edibles alongside trees, shrubs, and flowers to maximize the space you grow in. Learn how to pair edibles for year-round harvests throughout your existing landscape. Easy planting strategies are explained, including creative ideas for deterring animals.


Houseplants for Health and Happiness

Join Jenny Peterson as she talks about the healing power of houseplants. From plant and container selections to figuring out your own personal houseplant “style,” Jenny will walk you through how to create your own indoor garden oasis guaranteed to elevate your happiness and well-being. Learn more on Jenny here.

Optional book add-ons

Windcliff: A Story of People, Plants, and Gardens by Daniel J. Hinkley – $31.50
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New Naturalism: Designing and Planting a Resilient, Ecologically Vibrant Home Garden
 by Kelly D. Norris – $27
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Gardening with Grains
 by Brie Arthur – $21.56 
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Indoor Plant Décor: The Design Stylebook for Houseplants
 by Kylee Baumle and Jenny Peterson – $15.26
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The Speakers

Dan Hinkley is a modern-day plant explorer and collector. Washington State’s Puget Sound is where he cultivates a 6.5 acre of a south-facing bluff overlooking the Salish Sea aptly named Windcliff. Hinkley will share principles of good horticulture gathered from more than five decades of gardening, share memories associated with the many plants in his garden collected from around the world, and inspire us to dream big in whatever garden space we have. Learn more here.

Kelly Norris has a passion for planting at the intersections of horticulture and ecology. The former director of horticulture and education at Des Moines Botanical Garden, he is the author of several books including his newest, New Naturalism: Designing and Planting a Resilient, Ecologically Vibrant Garden Home. Norris will show us that landscapes at home and in the public realm can be beautiful and ecologically functional if we deepen our understanding of plants and place. Norris, who presented at Oklahoma Gardening School in 2017, is creator of Three Oaks Garden, a repository of ideas and planting fields on an oak-covered hill above the Des Moines River. Learn more here.

Brie Arthur lives and works in Raleigh, North Carolina where she shares her expertise as an advocate for consumer horticulture and home gardening. Author of Foodscape Revolution, Arthur combines the art and science of landscaping and gardening, mixing ornamentals with vegetables to create practical and edible landscapes that are aesthetically pleasing.  While the foodscaping concept is not new, Arthur will demonstrate new and creative ways to hide fruit, vegetables, herbs and grains amongst the trees, shrubs and perennials in the garden. Learn more here.

Jenny Peterson is an Austin, Texas-based author and designer who specializes in plants and gardens that promote healthy, wellness and balance. Combining interior design and indoor gardening, Peterson has elevated houseplant style from violets in the kitchen window and ficus trees in the corner. Using a variety of stylish containers, and plants, Peterson will demonstrate how to create contemporary garden displays inside. In addition to running her successful design firm, Peterson has been treated for cancer twice, and shares with others how gardening can help enhance quality of life, foster healing, and create balance and wellness. She is co-author of Indoor Plant Décor: The Design Stylebook for Houseplants, and the award-winning The Cancer Survivor’s Garden Companion. Learn more on Jenny here.