301 W. Reno
Oklahoma City, OK 73102

Outdoor grounds open daily 6 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Crystal Bridge Closed for Renovation.
Reopens fall 2022.

Oklahoma Gardening School 2022

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Myriad Botanical Gardens’ Oklahoma Gardening School is the state’s premier annual horticultural symposium that brings hundreds of gardeners of all levels together to learn from the experts. Topics are timely and applicable to growing plants in Oklahoma and in your own garden. Presented by noted authors and horticulturalists every March.

A New Gardening Normal: Blending Beautiful Gardens and Environmental Stewardship

Saturday, March 12, 9am-3pm
Oklahoma City Convention Center

Presented by 

Meinders Foundation

There is a growing desire as well as a pressing need for gardens to become more eco-friendly. The predominant style is rightfully evolving from formal gardens to creating beautiful spaces with more naturalistic designs that seek collaboration with nature instead of control. This year’s garden speakers will share their expertise and advice to help inspire home gardeners to create more environmentally friendly landscapes. 

Sponsored by 

TLC Garden Centers
Calvert’s Plant Interiors
Minick Materials
Grooms Irrigation
Total Environment


8am Breakfast and check-in

8:45am Welcome

9am “Prairie Ecosystems as a Model for Plant Biodiversity in the Home Garden”
Speaker: Lara Souza, Norman, Oklahoma

Learn about prairie diversity, plant traits, and their role in promoting system function as Dr. Lara Souza shares research she has conducted across Oklahoma’s native prairie ecosystems. Plant biodiversity supports pollinators, prevents soil erosion, and is one of the largest contributors to ecosystem function in both our prairies and our gardens. Because much of our world’s carbon is captured from our grasslands, its loss in biodiversity is a driving force in the future of our climate. By modeling these ecosystems in our home gardens, we can grow sustainable and beautiful pockets of life.

9:50-10am  Break. Visit exhibitors.

10:05-11am “The Practically Eco-friendly Gardener”
Speaker: Nate Tschaenn, Oklahoma City

Creating and maintaining a garden can be an overwhelming prospect for many even without considering all the possible environmental impacts. But small steps in the right direction can have a positive and meaningful impact. Nate Tschaenn will share simple, practical tips from his experience designing for Myriad Botanical Gardens and in his own modest home garden. As the horticultural lead for the Crystal Bridge Conservatory renovation, Tschaenn will also share a preview of the the new design for that project.

11am-12:30pm Lunch

12:35-1:30pm “Sustainable Gardens at Gathering Place” 
Speaker: Stacie Martin, Tulsa

Gathering Place unites Tulsans through play, events, education, and beauty, while providing ecological benefits in an urban area. Learn about Gathering Place’s sustainable gardening techniques and landscapes are designed to provide connectivity to the Arkansas River, habitat for migratory birds, and biodiversity needed for pollinators.

1:35-1:45pm – Break. Visit exhibitors.

1:40-2:35pm “Wildscape Gardening: Returning your Landscape to its Prairie Roots”
Speaker: Lance Swearengin

Successful gardening in Oklahoma is all about choosing the right native plants that will thrive in this climate. By returning your landscape to its prairie roots, you can say farewell to plant disasters. Learn about specific requirements for the plants you choose that will bring lasting success in your residential landscape and help you to be more ecologically conscious.

2:35-3pm Q&A and Raffle


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Hear details from Nate Tscheann on the Inasmuch Foundation Crystal Bridge Conservatory renovation project.


Dr. Lara Souza
University of Oklahoma 

Director of the Oklahoma Biological Survey and Associate Professor in Microbiology and Plant Biology at the University of Oklahoma, Lara Souza has been studying grasslands ecology for more than 20 years. She seeks insight into how global changes such as drought will impact plant biodiversity and associated ecosystem service. A native of Brazil, she earned her doctorate from the University of Tennessee, and she has worked extensively across temperate prairies, tropical savannahs, and montane meadows in order to tackle her research questions.

Nate Tscheann
Director of Horticulture
Myriad Botanical Gardens

As the Director of Horticulture for Myriad Botanical Gardens, Nate Tschaenn has overseen the design and installation of multiple new gardens on the grounds and created many horticultural and interpretive exhibits. He is also currently overseeing the replanting of the Crystal Bridge Conservatory. He came to Myriad in 2013 after receiving his master’s degree in public horticulture from the Longwood Graduate Program in Delaware.

Stacie Martin
Director of Horticulture, Gathering Place
Tulsa’s Riverfront Park

Stacie Martin gained her love of plants through home gardening in Cincinnati, Ohio where she earned her Associate’s Degree in Landscape Horticulture from Cincinnati State Community College. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Wilmington College, and is working on a Master’s of Natural Resources through Utah State University. She came to Gathering Place from Missouri Botanical Garden in 2017, and is the founder and chair of Gathering Place’s Sustainability Committee.

Lance Swearengin
Director of Horticulture and Grounds, Scissortail Park

Swearengin has a passion for the native flora of Oklahoma and enthusiasm for progressive trends in public gardening. He earned a bachelor’s degree in public garden management and a master’s degree in horticulture science, both from Oklahoma State University.

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The Oklahoma City Convention Center is located at 100 Mick Cornett Drive, located east of Scissortail Park and south of the Paycom Arena and the Omni Hotel. Bounded on the north by SW 4th Street, south by SW 7th Street, west by Robinson Avenue and east by Shields Boulevard.

Parking is available on Oklahoma City Boulevard, free at meters on Saturdays. You can also park in the parking garage to the east for $2 per hour.

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