Get Inspired For Fall Planting! OHS Garden Tour For Connoisseurs! Saturday, October 4th, 2014

Fall has definitely arrived with most of our recent daytime highs in the 80’s and night-time temperatures in the 60’s. The sunrises are coming later and the sunsets are getting earlier as our days get shorter by a few minutes each day.  Many of our vegetables and flowering annuals that survived the tough summer heat are producing a new round of fresh green growth, flowers or vegetables as they celebrate the relaxing cooler weather of fall.  The fresh growth and the brighter flowers that result from the lower night temperatures make this one of the prettiest times to walk, sit or spend time in your garden.  It is also a great time to tour and enjoy other gardens.  The Oklahoma Horticulture Society is hosting their annual OHS Garden Tour for Connoisseurs next Saturday, October 4th at six special gardens here in Oklahoma City.  The tours are come and go at one or all six gardens.  Advanced tickets are available for $12.00 at Precures Nursery, TLC Nursery, Marcum’s Nursery, Tony’s Tree Plantation, Myriad Gardens or Wild Birds Unlimited.  Tickets are available on the day of the tour for $15.00 each at any of the six amazing gardens.  The ticket proceeds are used to support horticulture scholarships at Oklahoma State University/Oklahoma City, Tulsa Community College, and Oklahoma State University in Stillwater.   They also support the horticulture programs of 4-H and FFA youth across Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Gardening TV Show.  These private gardens are rarely open to the public and this is a great way to see what plant materials you like, how different plants are performing in our area and to get tons of great design and gardening ideas.  It is also a wonderful time to meet successful Oklahoma gardeners and to visit with lots of other Oklahoma gardeners enjoying these “idea gardens”.

The six gardens on the tour include Kamela Gamble in West Nichols Hills of Kam’s Kookery including the 2 acre vegetable and herb gardens she uses to provide fresh local foods for her catering service. Linda Vater in Crown Heights and well known for her garden spots on Channel 4 will invite you to see her Potage garden, which has been featured in Southern Living Magazine.  Steve and Jini Morris in Crown Heights and Martha Burger on Country Club Drive are sharing their remarkable yards.  Kris Balaban and Shaun Murray of Putnam Heights have a very cool urban garden.  Bill Hawk with his great fish and water gardens near Lake Aluma.  You can learn more about the tour gardens, and find maps at www.ok-hort.org. and click Garden Tour.

Don’t forget “fall is for planting.” Now is the time to plant hardy mums, pansies, ornamental kale and cabbage. It is also one of the best times to plant trees, shrubs and to overseed your lawn with tall fescue or ryegrass.  It is the season to buy your tulips, daffodil and other spring flower bulbs.

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