Oklahoma Gardening School

An educational and horticultural tradition in Oklahoma City for more than a decade, Oklahoma Gardening School brings hundreds of gardeners of all levels together to learn from local, regional, and national experts. Topics are timely and applicable to growing plants in Oklahoma. Presenters are noted authors and horticulturalists. Sponsors receive tickets, reserved parking, lunch, recognition in all printed materials, and the opportunity for vendor space the day of the event.

Save the date for March 2022 for the next Oklahoma Gardening School.

Recapping the 2021 Symposium 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.