Stillwater News Press


April 26, 2014

What’s Blooming 04-27-14

Botanic garden coming to life with numerous events in store

Color, color and more color. Everywhere in the garden there is color.  However, not all of the color in our garden is coming from plants; a lot of it is the people visiting the garden.

A couple of weeks ago we started yoga in the garden and the turnout has been overwhelming. We counted over 50 people at the first class and over 80 in the second class. The turnout has been so great that our instructor, Carol Bendor, needs a microphone for everyone to hear her instruction. If yoga in the garden continues to be a success, we will consider a Saturday morning class this summer.

Last week in the garden, I met a gentleman that had not been back to the garden since he worked at Oklahoma State back in the 1960s. When he was here in the 60s, he was in the plant pathology department doing research on cotton. His plots were across the road from the garden in the plant pathology research site and also in the plot on the northeast corner of Highway 51 and Sangre Road, which is now the home to peanut research. I also found of interest during my conversation with him that, Charles and Linda Shackelford, the former owners of TLC Nursery and Landscape in Oklahoma City, very active OSU Alumni and supporters of Oklahoma Gardening Television, were students at OSU during that time, and are close friends of his. It really is a small world.   

This past weekend, we had Family Day in the Garden and once again it was a great success. Thank you to everyone that came out and gave us a helping hand. We greatly appreciate your support. Adding to the fun atmosphere in the garden on Saturday was the sound of a dulcimer. Paul Bostick, a Stillwater local has been known to show up during open houses and entertain our guests. We would like to thank Paul for sharing his talent with us gardeners.

Music and gardens go hand in hand. On Friday, we will kick off our Spring Concert series in the garden. Bring a blanket and dinner and join us at 5:30 p.m. for an evening of live music. The concert series will feature a different style of music held on the first three Friday nights in May. Then on May 3, we will host our first Kids May Day event. This will be held in conjunction with open house. The event is free and open to the public. One of the mornings activities will be a May pole dance. The Kids May Day event is from 9 a.m. to noon.

Laura Payne is the volunteer and events coordinator at The Botanic Garden at Oklahoma State University and a field producer for the television program “Oklahoma Gardening.”

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