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.
Saturday, March 12, 2022
Oklahoma City Convention Center
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.