Oklahoma Gardening School

Oklahoma Gardening School

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

NEW VENUE: Kerr-McGee Auditorium in the Meinders School of Business at Oklahoma City University

Presented by The Meinders Foundation

Sponsored by: SqueezeEveryDrop.com,  TLC Garden CentersTotal EnvironmentGrooms Irrigation and LandscapeRed Earth LandscapingAmerican Plant Products and Services, Inc., Kitty and Richard Champlin, Calvert’s Plant InteriorsPlant Wisdom Garden CenterTruGreen, and Colcord Hotel.

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.

Speakers will share inspiring ideas for the 2020 theme of Garden Renovation for a Changing Climate: Transforming Your Yard into a Beautiful, Resilient and Eco-Friendly Garden by presenting how to convert Oklahoma lawns or existing garden beds into gorgeous, hardy and sustainable gardens.


  • 8-8:45 am Breakfast and Check-In
  • 8:45-8:55 am Welcome
  • 8:55 am Speaker: Lauren Springer
    “Inspired by the Wild: Designing Naturalistic Plantings for Beauty, Adaptability, and Creatures”
    In an ever more crowded and unnatural world, many of us find refuge, comfort, and reconnection among the plants we grow and the beauty we create. What’s more, these oases of diversity attract and support creatures. Lauren has explored wild places and created and tended nature-inspired gardens for three decades in the harsh and stunning western North American interior, attempting to capture in microcosm the serenity she finds in this vast and varied region.
  • 9:50-10:05 am Break, visit our exhibitors.
  • 10:05-11 am Speaker Nick McCullough
    “Choosing Sustainable Designs: Making Your Dream Garden a Reality”
    As growers, designers and installers, McCullough’s Landscape & Nursery has the benefit of seeing projects through from inception to maintenance. Owner and lead designer Nick McCullough will share how this process leads to exceptional end results. From growing to design and ongoing maintenance, he’ll share real-life examples of choosing sustainable options for your garden that are beautiful and responsible.
  • 11-12:30 pm LUNCH
    Pre-registered lunch option in the Norick Lounge
  • 12:30–1:25 pm Speakers: Lance Swearengin and Nate Tschaenn
    “Garden Renovation: Plant Selections for a Changing Climate”
    Let’s face it, gardening in Oklahoma can be challenging. From extreme heat to cold and floods to drought, it’s hard to know what to expect. Luckily, we can turn to local experts like those at our botanical parks downtown for their sage advice. From the Myriad Botanical Gardens to the newly planted Scissortail Park, come learn about tried and true plant selections that work for Oklahoma and will bring you lasting success in your landscape.
  • 1:25-1:40 pm Break, visit our exhibitors.
  • 1:40-2:35 pm Speaker: Stacie Martin
    “An Eco-Friendly Transformation: Establishing & Caring for Your Garden”
    Eco-friendly gardening techniques can get complicated and overwhelming quickly. Hear about the eco-friendly transformation techniques practiced at Gathering Place, Tulsa’s Riverfront Park, and ways to utilize them in your home landscapes. Learn about prairie establishment, pest control, and how soil, water, and nutrient management can take your garden and your green thumb to the next level of sustainability.
  • 2:35-3 pm Q&A and raffle

Become a gardens member and save $30! Cost: Members $40; Nonmembers $70, Student $25 (with ID); Optional lunch $15