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

  • June 20, 2020, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Kerr-McGee Auditorium in the Meinders School of Business at Oklahoma City University

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.


8–8:45am Check-in
Light breakfast upon arrival

8:45–8:55am Welcome
Greeting: Maureen Heffernan, Executive Director
Emcee: Joel Bramhall, Director of Education

8:55–9:50am Daniel Cunningham, Horticulturist, Project Manager, Texas A&M AgriLife Research

  • “People, Pollinators and the Planet: A Holistic Approach to Growing Green”
    A rapidly expanding urban population and an ever-changing climate requires fluid thinking and a transition towards integrated landscapes that give back to people, pollinators and the planet. Cunningham’s holistic approach shows how integrating native and adapted plant material with rainwater harvesting systems and the best irrigation technology can create landscapes that are resistant and resilient, season after season, throughout Oklahoma and beyond. If you like to keep your landscape well-manicured, or if you take a more naturalistic approach, Daniel will dig into tips to meet your needs, suit your tastes and capture your imagination!

9:50–10:05am Intermission
Visit exhibitors

10:05–11am Nick McCullough, Owner and operator, McCullough’s Landscape & Nursery, LLC

  • “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.

11am–12pm Lunch
Pre-registered boxed lunch in the Norick Lounge

11:25–11:45am Special Lunchtime Presentation
Gardening App Demonstration by From Seed to Spoon

Lance Swearengin, Director of Horticulture and Grounds, Scissortail Park
Nate Tschaenn, Director of Horticulture, Myriad Botanical Gardens

  • “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.

12:55–1:10pm Intermission
Visit exhibitors

Stacie Martin, Director of Horticulture at Gathering Place – Tulsa’s Riverfront Park

  • “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.

2:05–3pm Wrap-Up
Question & Answer Forum
Raffle winners announced