25 December 2016

Wildlife Fenced in by Refugee Fences

barbed wire fences
on the Slovenian-Croatian border
Yale 360 reported this week that the fences and walls that are being constructed to prevent the movement of migrants, are also preventing the healthy and necessary movement of wildlife. Excerpts follow - 

"A flood of migrants from the Middle East and Africa has prompted governments in the Balkans to erect hundreds of miles of border fences. Scientists say the expanding network of barriers poses a serious threat to wildlife, especially wide-ranging animals such as bears and wolves."

The author of the article, Jim O’Donnell, is a freelance environmental journalist and conservation photographer. 

In addition to bears and wolves, lynx roam Europe as part of their migratory behavior. 

"On his most recent trip into the mountains along the Slovenian-Croatian border, biologist Djuro Huber counted 11 dead roe deer, all caught up in the fencing. The deer stumble into the barriers while foraging. In a desperate bid to escape, they drive themselves further into the razor wire, entangling themselves and eventually dying of blood loss. “Certainly many more died, but the border officials try to remove them before [they are] photographed,” says Huber of the University of Zagreb in Croatia. “But it is what we don’t see that troubles me the most.” 

While the deer are the most obvious victims, carnivores tend to simply turn away from the fences. If a young male bear or a wolf can’t cross the border to mate, for example, he will look for a more accessible female. The result is genetic isolation and inbreeding, a problem already threatening the region’s dwindling lynx population. This can lead to an increase in diseases and unwanted genetic mutations that may ultimately lead to localized extinctions, scientists say. "

"Not only do the fences kill wildlife and lead to genetic isolation, according to a June 2016 study published in the journal PLOS Biology, but these barriers also hamper the efforts of organizations such as the European Wilderness Society (EWS), which is working to protect and expand existing wilderness throughout Europe. According to EWS Chairman Max Rossberg, Eastern Europe holds some of the best-preserved wildlands on the continent and some of its healthiest wildlife populations."

The impact is being felt in other nations, too.
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The impact of border fences on wildlife is not limited to Europe. A 2011 study pointed out that the fence along the U.S.-Mexico border blocks 16 key species from about 75 percent of their habitat. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has said that a fence proposed by President-elect Donald Trump would impact 111 endangered species and 108 migratory birds. In Asia, nearly the entire 2,900-mile Chinese-Mongolian border is fenced, impacting species such as the Asiatic wild ass and the Mongolian gazelle. Border fences also have been erected between states of the former Soviet Union. "

Consider this phenomenon that can no longer happen with the fences installed:
"One Eurasian brown bear, dubbed Ivo, was tracked by satellite collar as he roamed for 21 months from Slovakia, to Hungary, to Poland, to Ukraine, crossing international borders 63 times. " 
Fencing Europe

“European nations are small,” says Aleksandra Majic, a biologist at the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia. “They are not large enough to host their own healthy populations of large carnivores.” 

Although the flow of refugees has slowed, the fences are still being built. Few if any refugees traveled in the Dinaric Mountains, but a fence is nevertheless being erected in this rugged territory. Huber, Majic, and other conservationists say politicians in the Balkans are building the fences to divert attention from other economic and political problems. “They [the fences] only make sense when viewed within the context of populist politicians playing the ‘fear’ card to fuel nationalism and to try and appear to be doing something,” said John Linnell of the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research in Trondheim, Norway and the lead author of the PLOS Biology study."

Political volatility in Turkey and a lack of resolution to the conflicts in Iraq and Syria have Europe on edge. A fence is currently being built along the Bulgarian-Turkish border that will cut through a key wildlife corridor
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Romania, one of Europe’s poorest nations, badly needs a modern highway system. But conservationists warn that unless the movements of wildlife are accommodated, a planned boom in road construction could threaten one of the continent’s last large brown bear populations. 
"Along the border between Russia and Finland, a barrier is planned that could harm bears, wolves, lynx, wolverines, and forest reindeer. "


These are only excerpts from the full piece. You can click on the link at the beginning of this entry to read the entire article.

18 December 2016

Gifts for Gardeners

Since gardeners come in all shapes, sizes, ages and abilities, shopping for the ones on your list might take a little thinking. These suggestions should help take some of the confusion out of holiday shopping this year.

There are traditional gardeners who love reliable bulbs and perennial flowering shrubs and there are modern gardeners who want this year’s brightest colors and newest hybrids.

Eco-friendly gardeners prefer natural colors, wildlife-friendly and native plantings. A gift list for them could include a birdbath with a heater to keep the water from freezing this winter, bird feeders, solar lights to illuminate the outdoors in every season, or a motion-activated wildlife camera (www.wingscapes.com).

For traditional gardeners on your list who are killing time until spring arrives, a potted Amaryllis bulb (www.gardeners.com) that they can watch grow until it blooms in the spring can be just right. Poinsettias and other indoor plants add cheer to the indoors, too. Borovetz-Carson Greenhouse (3020 North ST in Muskogee) specializes in Poinsettias at this time of year.

Whether you need something for a new or experienced gardener, reading material is always welcome for cold days. 

Books and magazines are loaded with plant identification help and gardening tips. 

Some choices include: Oklahoma Gardener Magazine (888-265-3600), “Late Bloomer: How to Garden with Comfort, Ease and Simplicity in the Second Half of Life” by Jan Coppola Bills, “Oklahoma Gardener’s Guide” by Steve Dobbs, “The Guide to Oklahoma Wildflowers” by Patricia Folley, “Best Garden Plants for Oklahoma” by Steve Owens and Laura Peters, “Compact Guide to Oklahoma Birds” by Cable, Seltman, Kagume and Kennedy, and “Forest Trees of Oklahoma” from the OK Department of  Agriculture and Forestry Services (405-522-6158).

Indoor and outdoor gardeners welcome containers to brighten windowsills, patios and garden beds. 

Consider filling a pretty flower pot with small gifts such as gloves, a new trowel, pruning tools, a CobraHead weeder (www.cobrahead.com), hand cream or bubble bath. Add a colorful bow and you are ready.

There is an old joke among gardeners that a load of manure is a perfectly fine gift and winter is the ideal time for it. Manure has to age before it can be applied to the garden without burning plants and roots. Piling it or spreading it during the winter allows it to become mellow in time for spring planting.

Compost also is a welcome gift. Be sure to include a gift certificate offering help when it is time to spread the compost on the vegetable garden or flower beds.

Part of the reason gardeners love their hobby is because they thrive on being outdoors and most of us enjoy walking in public gardens to enjoy other people’s ideas. Gifts of a garden membership are always welcome.

Possible memberships include: Friends of Honor Heights Park/Papilion Butterfly House ($25 individual membership - www.friendsofhonorheightspark.org), Linnaeus Teaching Gardens at Tulsa Garden Center ($30 membership - www.tulsagardencenter.com), Lendonwood Gardens in Grove ($30 membership - www.lendonwood.com), Tulsa Botanic Garden ($50 membership - www.tulsabotanic.org) and Myriad Botanical Garden ($50 individual/dual membership - oklahomacitybotanicalgardens.com).

If you are handy with wood, wire and tools, most gardeners would appreciate a raised bed, a potting bench, compost bins, garden hods (baskets with wire sides and wood handles for collecting flowers or vegetables), fluorescent light structures and shelves for raising seedlings, or a cold frame made of re-purposed windows.

Waterproof shoes are wonderful for wet garden beds and can be washed off with a hose. All of the farm and garden supply stores sell them in a variety of styles and colors.

Short on cash but have plenty of energy? A gift certificate for help with late winter pruning, mulching and clean-up is sure to please.


11 December 2016

Propaganda Gardening

The will to start life anew can begin anywhere, anytime.

Pam Warhurst's Ted Talk is only 13 minutes long, during which she encourages a revolution in how we interact, use resources and take community, learning and business action. Yes we can is her enthusiastic motto.

Watch How We Can Eat Our Landscapes here.

Three and one half years ago she and her friends invented the idea around her kitchen table: Pam Warhurst co-founded Incredible Edible. Follow them on Facebook here.

Invest in more kindness toward each other and the environment.

They started with a seed plot, grew that into an herb garden. From there a vegetable garden, fruit trees, gardens at police stations and senior homes.

Then, an aquaponics facility at a school where students grow fish that became a market growing center.

Yes, it is replicable! The Ten Steps Toward an Incredible Edible Town are at this link.1. Start with what you have, not what you haven’t.
2. Don’t write a strategy document.
3. Don’t wait for permission.
4. Make it easy.
5. Propaganda planting starts conversations.
6. Make connections.
7. Start now, but think two generations ahead.
8. Rediscover lost skills.
9. Reconnect businesses with their customers.
10. Redesign your town.


Watch the video! Become an activist for food kindness in your communities.

Thank you to Jerry Gustafson, MD, MG for the link to this incredibly exciting story.





04 December 2016

Scout's Guide to Wild Edibles

The new book, "The Scout's Guide to Wild Edibles: learn how to forage, prepare & eat 40 wild foods" by Mike Krebill is being released this month by St. Lynn's Press.

The handy paperback format will make it easy to tuck into a coat pocket or backpack and it's 190 pages loaded with information and recipes.

The author, Mike Krebill was an award winning middle school science teacher for 35 years so, while the book has plenty of detail, it is completely readable.

For each of the 40 plants covered the common and Latin name is provided along with photos of the entire plant and details for identification.

Additional information includes: range, habitat, positive identification tips, edible parts and preparation, when to harvest, sustainable harvesting and preserving the harvest.

Krebill says that he wrote about the 33 plants and 7 mushrooms that are his favorites and are widely found across the US. He included 10 activities that can be used with individuals and groups plus 17 kid-approved recipes.

Recipes include: fruit leather, burdock kinipira, dandelion donuts made with Bisquick, and a garden weed quiche.

This is a well-written and nicely illustrated book that can be used to introduce both scouts and adults to wild edibles.

List price is $19 and it is $13 at online retailers. Just in time for the gift giving season, too.


28 November 2016

Garden To Do List

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We are having some relatively balmy weather today for late November.

There are plenty of reasons to get outside in the garden!

- Make compost to improve next year's soil. Pile up faded plants, raked leaves, coffee grounds, etc. and let the rain (and snow) break it down into nutrient rich topsoil for next spring.

- Dump out flower pots that held annuals. In the photo you'll see that we pour ours directly onto the vegetable bed where they can compost in place.

- Prune any diseased or damaged branches, limbs and twigs. Diseased plant parts should be put in the trash. The rest can be composted.

- Pull out weeds that have grown among your perennials, fruit, and ornamental trees.

- Deeply water newly planted trees. Do not fertilize.

- Remove any remaining seed heads of plants you want to re-plant next spring. Zinnias in particular still have viable seeds.

- There is still time to plant garlic, daffodils, tulips and other bulbs that need months of chill.

- Protect young roses by piling 6 inches of soil around the crown. Add mulch late-Jan after we have had a hard freeze.

- If you know where you want to add a vegetable or flower bed next spring, put several layers of newspaper on it and anchor the newspaper with pots or rocks. By spring the weeds will be weak and the earthworms will have tilled the soil for you.

Enjoy being out in this almost-warm weather while it lasts!




20 November 2016

Carols & Crumpets Dec 3 from 8 to 3 pm

Hand made items are raffled
Members of the Tulsa Herb Society spend a full year making flavored vinegars, chutneys, jams, jellies, holiday decorations and more holiday goodies so we can enjoy shopping.

Carols and Crumpets 2017 Dec 3 from 8 am to 3 pm

Tulsa Garden Center  2435 S Peoria AV Tulsa

In addition to holiday goodies, the Herbies offer lunch at their Snowflake Cafe and evergreens to decorate your home at the other end of the Garden Center.

Tulsa Herb Society's hand made gift items
Dozens of vendors join the event to make it one of the most eclectic holiday shopping experiences in the area.

Not to be missed. (Hint - Arrive early - great prices so lots of items sell out early)


14 November 2016

Horticulture Industries Show 2017

Mark you calendars for the Jan 13 & 14 Horticulture Industries Show in Fayetteville Arkansas. There are always dozens of speakers with dozens of presentation topics.  This year's topic is "Local Foods, Farms, Gardens and Success"

The public is welcome!

Keep an eye on the website http://www.hortindustriesshow.org/
Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/HorticultureIndustriesShow/
OSU website http://www.hortla.okstate.edu/research-and-outreach/programs/HIS
for more information.

Register at this link https://www.tickettailor.com/checkout/view-event/id/70588/chk/be60/

The keynote speaker will be Anthony Flaccavento, SCALE, Inc.
Flaccavento has 25 years of hands-on experience in sustainable community development, along with a BS degree in Agriculture and Environmental Science and a Masters degree in Economic and Social Development.


08 November 2016

Emerald Ash Borers found in Oklahoma

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The Entomology and Plant Pathology, Oklahoma State University, reported that the Emerald Ash Borers have been found here. 

Eric Rebek, Extension Entomologist, reports. "Emerald ash borer (EAB), Agrilus planipennis, an invasive wood-boring beetle that has killed hundreds of millions of North American ash trees in the United States and Canada, has been recovered from a monitoring trap in Delaware County. This catch represents the first official record of this devastating insect in Oklahoma. 


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 The Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry (ODAFF) notified me of the find on October 13, and the identity of the specimen was subsequently verified as EAB. Information for sharing with the general public was made available by ODAFF and can be found at http://www.forestry.ok.gov/eab. Emerald ash borer belongs to a group of woodborers known as flatheaded borers. The adult beetles are often shiny and brilliantly colored, and thus are called metallic wood-boring beetles. 

Emerald ash borer was initially discovered infesting ash trees near Detroit, Michigan in 2002, but it was accidentally introduced from its native Asia in solid wood packing material sometime during the 1990’s. This exotic, invasive insect has been spreading throughout North America ever since and is now found in 29 states including Oklahoma and Ontario, Canada."

This link will take you to the entire entomology report.

Past issues of the Entomology Report can be found at this link.

03 November 2016

Bird Watching Talk - Springdale Arkansas Nov 19

The November 19 meeting of Flower, Garden and Nature Society of Northwest Arkansas will feature Amy Tucker speaking about "Bringing People & Nature Together."  

During Amy's 30-year career in health care administration, she noticed the positive impact of bird watching for her patients. 

This experience influenced her to be directly involved in the bird-watching business, so she and her husband, Don, now own two Wild Birds Unlimited stores. They offer products to ensure healthy birds.  

The meeting will begin at 10:00 a.m. in the Student Center of Northwest Technical Institute at 709 S. Old Missouri Road in Springdale, AR.  It is free and open to the public.  for more Info - call 479/521-7654.  

31 October 2016

Texas Master Gardeners' Nov Newsletter

The Texas Master Gardeners Association website is loaded with useful information for gardeners in this part of the U.S.

Their Nov 2016 newsletter is available at this link.

This month's topics include: a letter from their president and announcements of upcoming events. Their Facebook page is kept up to date with regular postings and you can see it at https://www.facebook.com/TexasMasterGardenersAssociation/?fref=ts

The International Master Gardeners Conference will be in Portland and registration is open
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The Oregon State University Extension Master Gardener Program is excited to host Master Gardener faculty, staff and volunteers from across the United States, Canada and South Korea.

There are 44 concurrent session classes and 16 tours; you can register.

Sign up to explore Williamette Valley, Columbia Gorge, Pacific Northwest nurseries, iconic Portland gardens and the stunning Oregon Coast, plus a plethora of other offerings.

Two of the TX upcoming events include a 2017 conference in Galveston and a Cozumel cruise.
 MAY 1, 2017

TMGA 2017 CONFERENCE CONTINUES IN GALVESTON
Galveston County Master Gardeners and the conference committee are finalizing the details for the events following disembarkation from the cruise ship.  Even if you're not sailing with us, plan to be in Galveston on Monday, May 1st for our Annual Awards Banquet at Moody Gardens and subsequent tours on this unique island.  We have secured special pricing for our attendees at the Moody Gardens Hotel which will also include free parking to cruisers.  Stay tuned!

logo for 2017 circleALL ABOARD!  We have held onto a very small number of staterooms for latecomers, but once they're gone, they're gone and this ship will sail!

REGISTER NOW for one of the few remaining staterooms.  Join us April 27-May 1, 2017 as we sail to Cozumel, Mexico!

27 October 2016

Divide Spring Blooming Perennials Now

All of your favorite spring-blooming perennials can be dug and divided now, giving them plenty of time to settle their roots over the winter to bloom next year.

The list of plants to divide now includes: daylilies, iris, sweet violets, oxalis, thrift, candytuft, Shasta daisies, coneflowers and St. Joseph’s lilies (hardy amaryllis), among others. 

In March when the soil warms perennials will be peeking out of the soil, putting out new growth buds and showing signs of life. By then, their roots will have become established in cool, wet weather and be ready to spring forth.

You can use a spading fork or shovel to dig up the existing clump, just be sure to start digging far enough out from the central crown to get as much root as possible and to avoid damaging the crown.

Separate the clump of the original plant into sections with roots and cover them or put them in the shade while you prepare the soil they came out of. Dig organic amendments into the soil. This could include compost, peat moss, ground pine bark, etc.

When you have enough prepared planting holes for the divisions, put the healthiest cuttings in and surround the roots. Water the plant in and re-level it so the crown is right at soil level. Continue to back fill the hole and water the soil down.

Mulch the new plantings, keeping the mulch well away from the plant's crown. Don't fertilize in the fall or winter; wait until Feb. or March for fertilizing. 

22 October 2016

Gardening for Life

Bringing Nature Home recently posted an excellent reminder for us as we face fall clean up in the garden and plan for next year's garden. 
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Click on the link above to read the full article. Here are excerpts to whet your appetite:

Chances are, you have never thought of your garden — indeed, of all of the space on your property — as a wildlife preserve that represents the last chance we have for sustaining plants and animals that were once common throughout the U.S. But that is exactly the role our suburban landscapes are now playing and will play even more in the near future.

we have forced the plants and animals that evolved in North America (our nation’s biodiversity) to depend more and more on human-dominated landscapes for their continued existence. 

Viburnum dentatum
those little woodlots and “open spaces” we have not paved over or manicured are pristine. Nearly all are second-growth forests that have been thoroughly invaded by alien plants like autumn olive, multiflora rose, Oriental bittersweet, and Japanese honeysuckle.  

we humans have taken 95% of nature and made in unnatural.

All animals get their energy directly from plants, or by eating something that has already eaten a plant. The group of animals most responsible for passing energy from plants to the animals that can’t eat plants is insects. This is what makes insects such vital components of healthy ecosystems. So many animals depend on insects for food (e.g., spiders, reptiles and amphibians, rodents, 96% of all terrestrial birds) that removing insects from an ecosystem spells its doom.
But that is exactly what we have tried to do in our suburban landscapes. 
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n the past we didn’t designed gardens that play a critical ecological role in the landscape, but we must do so in the future if we hope to avoid a mass extinction from which humans are not likely to recover either. As quickly as possible we need to replace unnecessary lawn with densely planted woodlots that can serve as habitat for our local biodiversity. 
Homeowners can do this by planting the borders of their properties with native trees plants such as white oaks (Quercus alba), black willows (Salix nigra), red maples (Acer rubrum), green ashes (Fraxinus pennsylvanica),black walnuts (Juglans nigra), river birches (Betula nigra) and shagbark hickories (Carya ovata), under-planted with woodies like serviceberry (Amelanchier canadensis), arrowwood (Viburnum dentatum), hazelnut (Corylus americnus), blueberries (Vaccinium spp) . Our studies have shown that even modest increases in the native plant cover on suburban properties significantly increases the number and species of breeding birds, including birds of conservation concern. 
As gardeners and stewards of our land, we have never been so empowered to help save biodiversity from extinction, and the need to do so has never been so great. All we need to do is plant native plants!

18 October 2016

Seed Exchange - American Horticultural Society

November 1 is the deadline for sending in seeds you've collected from your garden for the American Horticultural Society Seed Exchange. 

Only AHS members can donate seeds. AHS members can order from the Seed Exchange in January 2017. Another good reason to join!

Memberships begin at $35.00.



11 October 2016

Late Bloomer - How to Garden with Comfort, Ease and Simplicity in the Second Half of Life

"Late Bloomer - How to Garden with Comfort, Ease and Simplicity in the Second Half of Life" by Jan Bills,  is just out this month from St. Lynn's Press.


The author is a second half of life gardener, herself, She says in the introduction that this stage of life gardening is about simplicity, beauty and harmony, comfort and ease, celebrating life with food from your soil, relaxation and letting go, She is now a professional gardener!

“It is not about keeping up with others,” Bills said. “It excludes memorizing botanical names and identifying every garden insect or noxious weed (that’s what Google is for). Rather, it is an ongoing relationship, with deep and lasting experiences. For me, it is an opportunity to bring what I love to the garden; it makes me feel alive, rejuvenated and well. Gardens are my blank canvas, the one place to be fully expressed without limitation or prejudice. A garden is where hope is restored and relaxation is practiced.”

Three of Bills' sustainable practises: Reduce weeds by creating heavily planted garden beds; make the most of your water; and replicate a natural forest ecosystem in your garden space.

As advised by so many garden gurus, Bills says, "leave the leaves" to provide food and shelter for bugs and wildlife, to nourish the soil suppress weeds and protect plant roots over the winter months.

She provides basic design tips such as using plants in odd numbers, planting year-round interest, adding garden ornaments, creating a garden entrance, adding seating, color, texture and contrast.

The book is loaded with practical tips, photos, illustrations and humor. 140-pages in a 7 by 7 inch hardback book. What a great gift it would make!

$18.95 list price from St. Lynn's Press and $14 at Amazon.

06 October 2016

Help Bumblebees Survive and Thrive

Horticulture Magazine has a new article with ideas for how gardeners can help bumblebees survive and thrive.

This is an important topic as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service added 7 species of bees to the Endangered Species list, providing protection for the bees.

Here are some things the Xerces Society recommends that we all do to help bumblebees in our neighborhoods:
  • Provide them with pollen and nectar from late winter through early fall. Plan your garden to start blooming early and finish late.

  • Choose flowers that welcome the bumblebees. Plants native to your area are a good choice because the bees have evolved alongside them. Exotic (but not invasive) species can work, too. Just be sure to use the straight species, or pick cultivars that retain the general look of the species’s flower. That is, avoid cultivars bred for double petals or other fancy forms that make it hard for the bumblebee to access the pollen.
  • Bumblebees best like purple, blue and yellow flowers. They cannot see the color red.

  • Avoid using pesticides.

  • Help bumblebees, which typically nest underground, overwinter by leaving some ground undisturbed—that is, not planted or mowed. Bumblebees may also take up in compost piles, woodpiles, stone walls or empty bird houses.

  • For more pointers on how to help bumblebees, plus an identification guide and recommended plants by region, see Conserving Bumble Bees by the Xerces Society.

02 October 2016

OSU Botanic Garden Events

October will be a busy month at the Oklahoma Botanic Garden!

Thursday, October 6
7:00 pm
TBG Educational Center
Cory Suddarth from Suddarth Optical Repair will join us to discuss binoculars, scopes, and everything in between. Cory is an expert in the repair of old optics, so be sure to have them with you when he fields your questions. For more information visit:paynecountyaudubonsociety.com

Presented by Payne County Audubon Society

Saturdays: October 1, 8, and 29
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
The Botanic Garden at OSU
The garden is a captivating place to stroll with family and friends before heading to your favorite tailgate party. Make a visit to The Botanic Garden part of your game day activities in Stillwater. You can purchase mums and pumpkins for your tailgating décor while supporting The Botanic Garden! Ambassadors will be in the garden to welcome you and answer your gardening questions. The West Virginia Avenue entrance will be open for additional parking and handicap access.  Map

Presented by TBG Ambassadors

Yoga in the Garden


Thursdays: October 6, 13, 20 and 27
5:45 – 6:30 pm
TBG Lawn near the vegetable garden

Yoga is back at the garden! Bring your mat and join Carol Bender, yoga therapist, as we shed the worries of the day and welcome nature’s energy into our body, mind, and spirit. In the event of rain the class will be held in the Educational Center.

Presented by the OSU Department of Wellness


Concert in the Garden – Tyler Siems with special guests, Tanner Bryan and John Homer


Friday, October 7
5:45 – 7:30 pm
TBG Event Lawn

Load the picnic basket with a nice dinner, grab your blanket or lawn chair and nestle yourself under the beautiful sycamoreallée to enjoy an evening of old country and traditional/folk songs with singer/songwriter Tyler Siems and special guests. This event is free and open to the public.

Sponsored by OSU Office of the President, Hideaway Pizza, Kicker, Arts and Humanities Council of Stillwater, Daddy O’s Music Company, and Flourishes Flowers Décor and More


Seed Exchange and Potluck


Tuesday, October 11
6:00 – 7:30 pm
TBG Educational Center

Bring seeds of your favorite flowers and vegetables to swap with fellow gardeners, and a dish to share for a fall potluck dinner. For those gardeners who like to experiment, bring those seeds of a superior cultivar from your garden to see how they might do in another garden next year.

Tuesday Gardening Series

Presented by Payne County Master Gardeners


Pumpkin Crafting


Saturday, October 15
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
The Botanic Garden at OSU

Grab the kids and come out to the garden for a pumpkin carving demonstration with Sally McCorkle, MFA Professor, Sculpture/ 3D Design; live music with the Misspent Ukes; and pumpkin painting. Cost: $10 per family, includes painting supplies and pumpkins. Supplies are limited so please RSVP to Laura, laura.payne@okstate.edu to reserve your spot.

Presented by TBG Ambassadors


Families and Flashlights


Thursday, October 20 – Friday, October 21
6:00 pm – 9:00 am
The Botanic Garden at OSU

Fall is a great time to camp out so bring the family to the garden for an overnight stay, watch a movie under the stars, make smores and decorate pumpkins. This event is open to OSU employees and their families. Cost: $30 per family. Contact tabi.deal@okstate.edu to register.

TBG co-sponsorship with the OSU Wellness Center.


Mum and Pumpkin Sale


Monday - Friday
8:00 am – 5:00 pm.
And on Open House Saturdays
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
The Botanic Garden at OSU

Help support The Botanic Garden with the purchase of mums and pumpkins at the Plant Sale Area located at the entry to the gardens from the North parking lot. Plants are available for sale weekdays during business hours and during Open House Saturdays until they are sold out.



28 September 2016

Choosing Colors for Your Garden

The Flower, Garden & Nature Society of Northwest Arkansas will meet Saturday, October 15, to hear "Pink Hates Chartreuse: Thoughts on Color in the Garden".  Speaker will be Tom Dillard, an avid gardener, retired head of Special Collections at the University of Arkansas Libraries in Fayetteville, and a historian and specialist on Arkansas history, about which he writes a weekly column for Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

The meeting will be held in the Student Center of Northwest Technical Institute at 709 S. Old Missouri Road in Springdale, AR.  It is free and open to the public.  The meeting will begin at10:00 a.m.  Info: 479-361-2198 and onfacebook.com/fgnsofnwa

An article (link) about Dillard when he retired says that "Dillard is best known as a creator of the Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture, which he still serves as founding editor-in-chief, and as creator of the Richard C. Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, more commonly known as the Butler Center, in Little Rock. He’s literally a “know-it-all,” when it comes to facts, tidbits and lore about the Natural State."

His history columns can be found on the website for the Arkansas Democrat Gazette.