Fall Planting & Tour Gardening in Oklahoma!

Fall is for planting!  You can and should plant trees, shrubs, hardy mums, ornamental kale and cabbage, pansies, asters and many kinds of perennials now.  This is also a great time to sow tall fescue or ryegrass lawn seed to establish a green lawn through the winter.  Shop now for the best choices in spring flowering bulbs like daffodils, tulips, hyacinth and crocus.   Plant these bulbs later this month and next to produce a spectacular flower bulb show in your yard to start next spring off with the thrill of flowers.

One week from today will be the Oklahoma Horticulture Society Annual Garden Tour for Connoisseurs between 9:00 am and 4:00 pm.  It is certainly one of the premier, if not the very best, garden tour in central Oklahoma.  The tour opens the gate for you to see special gardens in different parts of the city each year.  This year features gardens in the Edmond and Guthrie area with the purchase of a single ticket.  You can buy advance tickets at the following local garden centers: Cultivate Garden Market, Marcums Nursery, Precures Nursery and Garden Centers, TLC Nursery and Greenhouses, Tony’s Tree Plantation, Wild Bird’s Unlimited and Wilshire Garden Market.  The advance tickets are Ten Dollars each for active members of the Oklahoma Horticulture Society and Twelve Dollars each for non members.  Tickets can be purchased on Saturday, October 17th, the day of the tour at any of the six gardens for Fifteen Dollars each.  Children twelve and under get to enjoy the garden tour for free.  All proceeds support the horticulture scholarships and educational programs sponsored by the Oklahoma Horticulture Society.  This tour is a wonderful way to see great gardens in our own community and to get ideas on plant material and landscaping you can use in your own yard.

You can explore the classical English Garden of Bill and Cindy Stewart in Edmond, full of garden ornaments and water features and even a box wood “Knot Garden” that were all recently featured in Garden Gate magazine.  Visit the Tudor estate in Edmond designed by Joseph Coffin and planted by Total Environment that features pools, playhouse, rose gardens, raised vegetable garden, koi pond and a private garden off the master bedroom.  This design creates a series of outdoor rooms.  Enjoy Grandeur on the Golf Course at Oak Tree designed by Mike Lindsey of Scapes Landscaping (You will have to have already purchased a ticket in order to enter Oak Tree).  The Robert and Debbie Daniels home features colorful Japanese maples, large hollies and conifers, flowering shrubs and lots of amazing stonework.  The home of Van and Sammy Bumpas features a low maintenance garden designed by John Fluitt of Garden Design Associates.  They have replaced much of their turf with gazebos, gravel, pavers and decorative container gardens.   The fifth Edmond garden is home to Mike and Judd Cross and was designed by Shaun Doering of TLC.  It is designed for year round color and interest.  The gardens feature terraces, winding ramps and steps through plantings of dogwoods, azaleas, redbuds, Arizona cypress, abelia, roses and crepemyrtles as well as many perennials and shrubs.   The sixth garden is the home of writer and blogger, Dee Nash, near Guthrie and features a one and a half acre English cottage style garden full of annuals, perennials, shrubs and grasses.  Dee has two vegetable gardens, a perennial garden and the garden will feature hardy mums and asters in full fall bloom.

You can find more details and garden addresses on line at www.okhort.org.  Please consider a fun tour of these great Oklahoma gardens next Saturday while you help support horticulture education.  These visits will inspire you to return home and do more of your own fall planting.

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