20 September 2009

Sunday Night Tidbits

The Oklahoma State University Botanical Gardens spans about 100 acres and contains more than a dozen gardens, including a Japanese tea garden and multiple studio gardens for a television show, Oklahoma Gardening. 2009 additions include a Native Splendor garden and The Painter’s Pallet. Oklahoma Developmental Disabilities Council provided a grant for anew sensory garden.

The gardens are open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday with an open house on the first and third Saturdays May through October from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The gardens are west of the campus - Highway 51 between Sangre Road and Western Road.

For more infomation - 405.744.5404
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Mountain Valley Growers sale is extended. Here's the link. Everything is organic. The ordering has a minimum of 6 or $19.50
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Garden Rant has an excellent post on what you need and do not need to make healthy compost.
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Deborah Silver's Landscape design blog, Dirt Simple, covers espalier trees thoroughly at the link. Her Favorite Perennials link has delightful photographs worth a click here.

Here's a bit from the espalier article "In the late 1600's, Fr. Legendre, a monk living in Hanonville France was incharge of his monastery's garden. His fruit trees were bedevilled by latefrosts that killed the fruiting buds. Noticing that the fruit trees plantedclosest to the monastery ... As wall space was limited, he began shearinghis trees, so as to provide room for all the varieties he wanted to grow."
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Peter Hatch, the Director of Gardens and Grounds at Monticello, has spent over 30 years restoring the gardens. Sam Witt's interview with Hatch for the Charlotteville paper is here.

A quote to entice you to click on the link and read the whole, well-written piece,
"Peter Hatch is largely self-taught. His father was a Madison Avenue ad executive whom Hatch describes as "just the least physical man." A child of the '60s, Hatch, now 60 years old, rebelled against the world of his parents and turned to poetry. He calls his a downwardly mobile education: fancy boys’ school in Michigan, where he played ice hockey; good state university in Chapel Hill, where he studied English and developed a taste for poetry; and then, after a stint on the West Coast, community college, also in North Carolina. Hatch was living in Southern California when his college girlfriend dumped him for the fourth time, so he drove back across the country to interview for a job teaching English at a boarding school in Boston, only to be rejected there, too. But as Jefferson once wrote, and Hatch likes to say, the failure of one thing is repaired by the success of another: in this case, manure."

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