Stillwater News Press

September 20, 2013

The Botanic Gardens at OSU present Gardenfest

By Elizabeth Keys
Stillwater NewsPress

STILLWATER, Okla. — The Botanic Gardens at Oklahoma State University host Gardenfest at 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday with demonstrations, live musical entertainment, food vendors and art displays. Volunteer coordinator Laura Payne said the day promises to be filled with vibrant color in the gardens.

“With milder temperatures, we are ready to showcase the benefits to the gardens,” Payne said.

The blooming gardens are featured on television and serve as a research center for the university. The site serves as the background where the award winning “Oklahoma Gardening” is produced for OETA.  The show is the longest running gardening program in the country. Kim Toscano, the show’s host, plans to lead a tour of ornamental plants during Gardenfest.

Programs will include a bonsai demonstration, garden tool sharpening instructions, landscape design and pruning basics. Specialists will also discuss water drainage issues. The Stillwater Water Garden Society will be available to help homeowners with tips and questions.

Some of the musicians attending the event include Walter Kelly, Tyler Siems, Homer and Friends and the Williams family of violinists, Wing and Strings of Praise. The Cafe Bella food truck and Blue Spruce are among the food vendors venturing out to the gardens for the day.

The theme for the 12th annual event is “Art in the Garden” and Payne said the executive director of the Stillwater Multi Arts Center, Bill Miller, will be exhibiting work, along with many other crafters.

“We are combining art with horticulture in the gardens,” she said.

Some of the demonstrations will include glass bead making and water color painting.

Daffodil and allium bulbs will be offered for sale, along with several Oklahoma proven plant selections. Fall is the time for planting trees, shrubs, perennials and bulbs, Payne said.

There’s still room for more vendors and those interested should contact Payne at 405-744-4531 or

The botanic gardens are located on 100 acres at 3300 W. Sixth Ave. Parking is available at the south entrance off State Highway 51. The north entrance off Virginia Avenue will be open during Gardenfest, too.