By Kris Vculek
Typically, the first Garfield County Master Gardener column of each month contains gardening tips for that month. For March 2022, the best advice I can offer is to come to our spring workshop, back after the COVID cancellations in 2020 and 2021.
Plan to spend a morning with other gardening enthusiasts and find yourself inspired for the season ahead.
Three gardening experts will headline the program, “Nurtured by Nature: Gardening For Body and Soul,” a half-day workshop on March 26. Registration will begin at 8:00 a.m. and the workshop will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Autry Technology Center. , 1201 W. Willow. The $35 entry fee includes refreshments and a gear package.
Shady gardens will be the subject discussed by Casey Hentges, the host of the television show “Oklahoma Gardening” which airs weekly on OETA. Prior to joining the OKG team, she served as Director of Horticulture at Myriad Botanical Gardens in Oklahoma City. Additionally, she served as a Commercial Landscape Manager in Dallas and was a Canadian County Horticulture/4-H Educator for the Oklahoma State Cooperative Extension Service for five years. Casey received her BS in Horticulture from OSU and her MS in Public Management in Horticulture from the University of Delaware.
Courtney DeKalb-Myers, Cleveland County Horticulture Educator since August 2018, will offer tips on pairing flowers and vegetables in gardens. Originally from Norman, Courtney studied horticulture at Oklahoma State University with a major in entrepreneurship. She attended North Carolina State University for her graduate studies, where her research focused heavily on vegetable production. An interest in local produce motivated her to return to Oklahoma and work for the OSU Cooperative Extension Service.
A presentation on herb gardening will feature Kay Neff, an herb grower and master gardener, who together with her husband and family run a small family farm in Sedgwick, Kan. Kay’s farm produces high quality, chemical-free herbaceous plants, vegetable transplants, eggs and farm products. Family owned by a sixth generation farmer and a fourth generation potter, they produce while using sustainable farming practices.
Each attendee will receive a folder containing background materials supporting the presentations as well as brochures identifying Oklahoma Proven plants: trees, shrubs, flowers and herbs tested and proven to tolerate Oklahoma conditions. An Oklahoma State University soil test bag and brochure explaining the proper way to collect a soil sample will be available for those interested.
In addition to drawings for the door prizes, there will be a shop offering gardening books, gloves, herbs, vegetable and flower plants and other gardening-related items for sale.
Proceeds from the workshop are used to fund several Garfield County Master Gardeners projects, including the Garfield County Oklahoma State University Extension Office Demonstration Garden and Children’s Garden.
Advance registration is recommended, but registrations will be welcomed at the door. To register in advance, stop by or call the OSU Garfield County Extension Office at 316 E. Oxford or call (580) 237-1228.
Vculek is a member of the Garfield County Master Gardeners.