Oklahoma Gardening School @ Myriad Botanical Gardens
Mar 9 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Oklahoma Gardening School
Presented by Devon Energy and The Meinders Foundation

Growing Beautiful, Successful and Low-Maintenance Herb Gardens

  • Saturday, March 9, 9 am – 4 pm
  • Devon Energy Auditorium
  • $40 members; $70 nonmembers; $25 students with ID; $15 box lunch option
  • Register by Tuesday, March 5

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. Each year 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 sustainable gardens in Oklahoma.

The 2019 Gardening School theme is Growing Beautiful, Successful and Low-Maintenance Herb Gardens.  Speakers will inspire as they demonstrate how to grow purposeful herb gardens through adaptive designs, proper plant selection, and precise cultivation and maintenance practices to produce the finest aromatic, culinary, and therapeutic benefits for a healthier and more bountiful gardening experience.


In-Kind sponsors


Matthew Benson
“Growing Beautiful Food & Herbs”
Hudson River Valley, NY

Holly Shimizu
“Maximizing Space Through Historic & Herb Garden Modern Designs”

Holly H. Shimizu is a nationally recognized horticulturist with a specialty in herbs and herb gardens. She was the first Curator of The National Herb Garden at the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington DC and she went on to be the Executive Director of the U.S. Botanic Garden near the U.S. Capitol. Holly has worked and traveled in many parts of the world and won a host of awards for her work. For over ten years she was a host of the popular Victory Garden television show on PBS. Currently, Holly is involved in creating a new herb garden in Lewes, Delaware as well as writing, teaching, and leading garden tours in many parts of the world.

Jenny Wegley
“Growing Herbs in a Challenging Climate”
Vice President of Horticulture Operations at Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

Lori Coats
“Bringing It All Back Home: Using The Herbs You’ve Grown”
Owner, My Raggedy Herbs

Lori and her family owned one of Oklahoma’s first Agritourism businesses, the historic Erick Honey Farm. It is there that she fell in love with honeybees and the unique industry of Agritourism. She learned to garden and preserve food through family and friends and has been an Oklahoma Master Gardener since 2008. Over the past 21 years, she has worked for the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, the Myriad Botanical Gardens and HORTICO Professional Outdoor Services in specialty crops, value-added products, and landscaping. Lori has been featured in Oklahoma Gardener MagazineEdible OKC Magazine and teaches herb workshops throughout the state.

Bill Farris
Lunch Presentation with Herb Market
Owner and operator of Prairie Wind Nursery