Local, regional and national speakers will share insight and inspiration for home gardeners as well as professional horticulturalists, garden designers and landscape architects during Oklahoma Gardening School Saturday, March 21. The annual symposium, a program hosted by Myriad Botanical Gardens, will be held at Oklahoma City University in Kerr-McGee Auditorium, Meinders School of Business, 2501 N. Blackwelder Avenue, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Oklahoma Gardening School is one of the state’s premier horticultural events, showcasing experts in gardening, plant selection and garden design. This year speakers will focus on the 2020 theme of Garden Renovation for a Changing Climate: Transforming Your Yard into a Beautiful, Resilient and Eco-Friendly Garden by presenting ways to convert Oklahoma lawns or existing garden beds into gorgeous, hardy and sustainable gardens.


Topics and featured speakers include:


  • Inspired by the Wild: Designing Naturalistic Plantings for Beauty, Adaptability, and Creatures

Lauren Springer, plants woman, author, garden and public plantings designer, Fort Collins, Colorado.


  • Choosing Sustainable Designs: Making Your Dream Garden a Reality

Nick McCullough, owner and landscape designer at McCullough’s Landscape & Nursery in Johnstown, Ohio.


  • An Eco-Friendly Transformation: Establishing and Caring for Your Garden

Stacie Martin, director of horticulture, Gathering Place, Tulsa.


  • Garden Renovation: Plant Selections for a Changing Climate

Lance Swearengin, director of horticulture and grounds, Scissortail Park and Nathan Tschaenn, director of horticulture, Myriad Botanical Gardens.


Cost to attend is $40 for members, $70 for nonmembers, and $25 for students with ID. An optional box lunch is available for an additional $15. For more information and to register online go to myriadgardens.org.


Presented by The Meinders Foundation, Oklahoma Gardening School is sponsored by SqueezeEveryDrop.com, TLC Garden Centers, Grooms Irrigation and Landscape, Red Earth Landscaping, Kitty and Dick Champlin, American Plant Products and Services, Inc., Total Environment, Calvert’s Plant Interiors, Plant Wisdom Garden Center and Colcord Hotel.