March 2011 events for gardeners

There are many events for gardeners coming in March to help us think spring.

Burford Holly in the front yard

March 2 to 6 Wichita Garden Show

March 4 Will Rogers Garden, Oklahoma City, Creating Colorful Containers, 9:30 to 12:30. Register by calling 405-943-0827.

March 4 to 6 Dallas Spring Home and Garden Show

March 11 to 13, Tulsa Home and Garden Show at Expo Square, 918-663-1100

March 16, Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House, St. Louis, Morpho Mania with 3,000 blue morpho butterflies. Reservations required 636-530-0076 ext 10

March 17, 6 p.m. Muskogee Garden Club meets at Blossom's Garden Center, 3012 E Hancock – “What's New for Spring" by Matthew Weatherbee. Information 683-0581.

March 17, Norman Public Library, 9 to noon, Bug Fest with the Oklahoma State University Insect Adventure petting zoo. Worms, butterflies, termites and more.

March 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Tulsa Garden Center, 2435 South Peoria, the Oklahoma Horticulture Society Winter Lecture Series will present Tony Avent, owner of Plant Delights Nursery. His talk will describe how plants move from discovery to market. Free. Information at

March 19 at 9 a.m. C. Colston Burrell at the Flower, Garden and Nature Society of Northwest Arkansas in Springdale

March 31, Claremore Expo Center, Home and Garden Show, 918-341-1101

Frank A. Smith Rhododendron Garden
at the Atlanta History Center
 If you are ready for a break and can travel to Atlanta, consider attending the Proven

Winner’s annual Garden Extravaganza on Friday, March 4.

The speakers at the event include Rick Schoellhorn, Director of New Products, Rebecca Bull Reed, Associate Garden Editor for Southern Living magazine, Walter Reeves, southern gardening expert and Carmen Johnston, owner of Nectar and Company.

Schoellhorn is speaking about new Proven Winners plants for 2011, Reed will talk about edible gardens, and radio personality Walter Reeves will talk about how to diagnose and solve plant problems.

Johnston said in a telephone interview that the Extravaganza is like a spa day for people who love plants and gardens.

Her Macon, GA, Nectar and Company, is the home base for a floral design and event and floral business. Children’s garden parties are part of her business.

“The Extravaganza is a day filled with education and inspiration,” said Johnston. “Each presenter gives a 45-minute talk with lots of hands on ideas to take home. There are free things given away throughout the day, including a gift bag and a plant.”

Johnston said that the benefits family gardening include togetherness, planning, planting, weeding and watering as well as harvesting and enjoying the produce.

The garden parties she plans are for parents and children.

“I’m in my thirties and people of my generation want to be with their children in a garden but don’t know how,” Johnston said. “In school, home, and community gardens, we can help get children’s hands in the dirt. It doesn’t have to be intimidating.”

She said that engaging children includes potting plants, seed starting and playing games such as garden bingo. In one of her projects, her company put in a parking lot garden that was specifically designed for children and parents to enjoy.

A raised bed was built on top of the parking lot, with drip irrigation, a picket fence and pine bark mulch. Then, a 4-foot square garden was installed where families could participate together. Each 1-foot square was unique: one butterfly garden, one pizza garden, a popcorn bed and a scratch and sniff scented bed.

The Garden Extravaganza will be held at the Atlanta History Center. The $80 per person entry fee includes gardening goodies, plants, lunch and door prizes.

Other Garden Extravaganza locations and dates: March 18 in Seattle, April 8 in Milwaukee, and April 15 in Toronto.

For information and registration 877-865-5818 or


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