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Perennial Plants for Shade

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We have a grove of trees on our back acre and have planted dozens of plant varieties back there. Based on our soil type, rainfall amount, and lack of attention (zone 7 NE OK) I can recommend some real winners. We've gardened on these 2 acres for 20 years now and these are the plants that have thrived with minimal attention.
All of these are blooming now - photos taken yesterday.














Walk, Run, Ride and Roll the Trails Mar 27 - Apr 2

Here's the Walk Run Ride the Trails schedule for Mar 27 - Apr 2.  The up-to-date activities list can be found at www.muskogeeparks.org/trails at the Walk, Run or Ride the Trails 2017 link. Check back for updates.  Contact: Brooke Hall (918-684-6302 X 1477) or Doug Walton (918-683-0321).
WALKS Wear comfortable shoes and bring water
* 3/27 5:30-6 pm Elliott Park/Sadler Arts Academy  – History walk and talk led by Jonita Mullins *3/27 6-6:30 pm Sadler Arts Academy – Casual walk of the recently restored primitive trail led by Doug Walton *3/28 noon -12:30 Centennial Trail/Hatbox/Arline at 34th St.- Casual trail walk for all ages led by Martha Stoodley* *3/28 5 – 6 pm Civitan Park Playground, 3301 Gibson St.  – Group walk of the Civitan trail led by Denise Hickman *3/29 12:30 – 1 pm Muskogee City Hall, 229 W Okmulgee – Mayor Bob Coburn will lead a walk to the trailhead and back * 3/31 9 -10 am Henry Bresser Nature Trail/Honor Heights Park led by Tom Roberts. Meet at Conard Garden parkin…

The Foodscape Revolution: Finding a Better Way to Make Space for Food and Beauty in Your Garden

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Most of us experienced gardeners grow herbs and vegetables and and some fruits in our flower and perennial beds and now it's become a movement.

I've tucked cucumbers on the fence behind the perennials, grown cantaloupe vines and grapes on chain link fences among shrubs and flowering trees, grown pawpaws in the daylily bed, etc.

A new book "The Foodscape Revolution: Finding a Better Way to Make Space for Food and Beauty in Your Garden" by Brie Arthur tells us more about how to succeed and introduces new gardeners to the idea of mixing things up.

If you enjoy videos, here's a link to her 25 minute podcast https://briegrows.com/2016/10/
"Getting Dirty in Your Garden", brought to you by North Carolina State Extension Master Gardener Volunteers.

Arthur's How-to:  •Use the existing landscape • Utilize a an ornamental base • Work with HOA Guidelines • Think Outside of the Box • Select plants to create an engaging space • Full sun • High traffic area • Grow o…

Honor Heights Park Trails

Walking, running or riding bikes on the trails at Honor Heights Park is a great way to get outside this weekend. 
Here's the scoop on all the options - Bresser is my favorite! http://www.muskogeephoenix.com/news/walk-run-or-ride-the-trails-week-begins-march/article_43e3a355-f9f7-5530-af92-2425327b3c41.html
With three paved plus two primitive walking and bicycle trails, there is something for everyone at Honor Heights Park. Amenities include restrooms and water fountains. The Walk, Run or Ride the Trails Week from March 27 to April 2 will have free, organized group events at Honor Heights Park.  You can visit the trails on your own, too. Maps are online to print or use on your phone at www.Muskogeeparks.org/trails. Woodland Garden Trail is a concrete .28-mile (round trip) stroll through what was called the White Garden, with several benches along the way. Park on the 48th Street side of the park. Stem Beach Trail also is paved. The two access points are across the street from the W…

Tontitown Arkansas History talk Saturday

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The Flower Garden and Nature Society of NorthWest Arkansas welcomes Susan Young 

Topic “Fields Red with Strawberries in Northwest Arkansas” 
Day Saturday, March 18, 2017 
Time 9:30 am Social Time - 10:00 am Program
Location Northwest Technical Institute - Springdale Arkansas

Susan Young is the outreach coordinator at the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History in Springdale, a position she has held since 1994. 
Susan is a lifelong resident of Fayetteville and a fifth-generation Ozarker. 

She is the author of "So Big, This Little Place," a history of the founding of Tontitown, Arkansas, and the editor of “Memories I Can't Let Go Of”, a collection of life stories from Tontitown, Arkansas. 

In 2014, Susan received the Washington County Historical Society's Distinguished Citizen Award. 

Susan serves on the boards of the Arkansas Historical Association and the Ozark Folk Cultural Center Commission. Her Ozark history interests include traditional folkways, religion, and cemeteries. In her s…

Spider Myths Debunked

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Most spiders are harmless but some people still fear the very sight of them.
This is a 10:42 minute YouTube video that will help dispel any myths you may still hold about spiders. It's by Thomas Shahan, micro photographer.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZAYblesQA3w
If you want to learn more about these creatures, here are a couple of Facebook pages of interest - https://www.facebook.com/groups/TheEntomologyGroup/
and https://www.facebook.com/RelaxImAnEntomologist/
And, here are 10 spiders you should be very cautious around.  http://travel.aol.co.uk/2015/06/26/poisonous-spiders-around-the-world/



J L Hudson Seeds - new arrivals

This is one of the catalogs I love to browse - they have many unusual and unique seed varieties.
Their email today -
A number of interesting new items are now listed at:

http://www.jlhudsonseeds.net/New%20Arrivals.htm

These include: 

Chocolate vine - Akebia quinata
Variegated fishtail palm - Caryota mitis variegata
Triangle palm - Dypsis Decaryi
Indian peach
Dogwoods
Egyptian top onion
Yugoslavian giant garlic

Fuchsias for Hanging Baskets

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Although they are not cold hardy in our zone 7 gardens, Fuchsias are widely sold here for hanging baskets and planters. It's easy to forget about Fuchsias unless you've been to CA lately, but they are as lovely as the other tender plants we select to grow as annuals here. And, the overwinter indoors just as easily.

And, check out this new introduction - Fuchsia Bella Nikita. Talk about adding a bright spot of color to your patio! 

If you prefer pastels, Sophia
will be your preference.

Coody Creek Trail Muskogee

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If you go
Coody Creek Trail - Bicycle and walking/running trail
lighted parking lot at the Bark Park, 2nd St. at Madison One block southwest of South Main/Hwy 64 & Kalamazoo

Families and groups who enjoy walking, running and bicycle riding have several options in Muskogee.  The trail system is well-developed with paved surfaces, parking lots and water fountains.
The choices include several paved trails. Some are wide open and sunny and others are wooded and shady. There are also a few primitive, unpaved, trails that give you a feeling of a walk in the woods. Muskogee Parks and Recreation Department has posted the trail maps online.  (http://www.muskogeeonline.org/departments/parks_and_recreation/trails/index.php). The first page illustrates the paved trail system and the second page is a guide to the three unpaved trails.
The newest paved trail, Coody Creek Trail, begins at Second and Madison Streets. There is plenty of lighted parking at the trailhead. Other features include a dog pa…