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Presented by the Meinders Foundation

Saturday, March 11, 9am-4pm

Kerr-McGee Auditorium at Oklahoma City University’s Meinder’s College of Business

Birds add a delightful element to any landscape and play a crucial role in creating healthy gardens and natural ecosystems by helping to control pests, pollinate plants and spread seeds.  

This year’s program features speakers who will showcase a range of birds to attract to your garden and how to design and plant gardens to attract and sustain them.  

You will learn how to be an active participant in helping birds and wildlife thrive in urban, suburban and rural home gardens.  

The Oklahoma Gardening School is the state’s premier annual horticultural symposium that brings together hundreds of gardeners of all levels to learn from experts. Topics presented by renowned naturalists, authors, and horticulturists are timely and applicable to the cultivation of plants in Oklahoma and your own garden.

Presented by The Meinders Foundation

With support from

Total Environment
Calverts Plant Interiors
Kitty and Dick Champlin

$40 members; $70 nonmembers;
$25 students with ID; $15 lunch


Breakfast and Registration

Welcome by Maureen Heffernan CEO/Executive Director and
Kaitlin Bacon, Director of Education

“Garden for Wildlife – Attracting Birds, Butterflies,
and Other Backyard Wildlife”

David Mizejewski, National Wildlife Federation, Washington, DC

Break and opportunity to visit exhibitors

Enhancing Your Yard for Birds and Other Wildlife
Mark Howery, Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation

Boxed Lunch on site or offsite lunch

“Food Forests to Attract Birds and Improve Habitat”
Eva Monheim, Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA

Break and opportunity to visit exhibitors

“Oklahoma Plants and Landscapes for the Birds”
Adam Sarmiento, Eco Landscaping, Norman, OK

Q&A Panel with all speakers. Raffle winners announced and book signings.

Kerr McGee Auditorium at Meinders School of Business, Oklahoma City University.

2023 Speakers

David Mizejewski

National Wildlife Federation

Washington, DC

David Mizejewski is a naturalist, author and television presenter with the National Wildlife Federation. He holds a degree in Human and Natural Ecology from Emory University and has hosted television series on both Animal Planet and NatGeo WILD. He’s dedicated to helping others understand and protect the natural world, especially by restoring wildlife habitat where people live—which is the subject of his bestselling garden how-to book “Attracting Birds, Butterflies and Other Backyard Wildlife.”

Mark Howery

Oklahoma Dept. of Wildlife Conservation

Oklahoma City, OK

Mark is a wildlife biologist with an emphasis on the conservation of nongame birds, reptiles, amphibians and mammals.  During his 30-year tenure with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, he has conducted field surveys and population monitoring projects, and has worked with university faculty and nongovernmental organization biologists on nearly 100 collaborative research and conservation projects covering almost the full spectrum of native Oklahoma wildlife. Birds remain his primary group of interest and he has been an observer of birds since his early teens.

Eva Monheim

Longwood Gardens

Kennett Square, PA

Eva Monheim is a horticultural and environmental consultant, garden coach, and an award winning educator. She is a faculty member at Longwood Gardens for the Professional Horticulture Program and Continuing Education Department where she teaches Woody Plants and related subjects.


Adam Sarmiento

Eco Landscaping

Norman, OK

Adam Sarmiento has been working in the fields of organic agriculture, landscaping and horticulture since 1998. After some initial apprenticeships and trainings in organic agriculture, Adam began applying ecological and organic concepts to landscaping in the late 90s. His design/build firm Eco Landscaping focuses on ecologically beneficial, utilitarian spaces that celebrate the regional character of Oklahoma. 


About the Kerr McGee Auditorium in the Meinders School of Business at Oklahoma City University

Located on the first floor in the Meinders School of Business at Oklahoma City University, the Kerr McGee Auditorium offers comfortable auditorium seating with writing trays that can be moved when not in use. There is ample parking surrounding the building, located at NW 26th and Blackwelder.