By: Mike Blake | Category: Lawn & Garden | Issue: April 2012
Rob Mortko, “The Hosta Guy,” and his wife Sheri with one of their 400 varieties of hostas.
An evening for all hosta lovers! Join the Hosta Connection of Tulsa on April 24, 2012 at the Tulsa Garden Center, 2435 S. Peoria, for a fabulous hosta sale and lecture. “Hosta Tissue Culture” will be presented by Rob Mortko, owner of Made in the Shade Gardens in Olathe, Kansas. Mr. Mortko will be bringing all his gorgeous varieties of hostas for sale.
Made in the Shade’s shade gardens have been featured on various public garden tours, on local television, and in “Kansas City Homes and Gardens Magazine.”
Rob’s spare time is now devoted to Made in the Shade Gardens – a home-based, retail business specializing in hostas. Made in the Shade Gardens offers over 400 varieties of hostas. More information can be found on their website at www.HostaGuy.com.
Cost for the evening is $5 per person at the door, no reservations required. The hosta sale starts at 6 p.m., and the lecture is at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be served. For additional information, go to www.tulsagardencenter.com.
Tulsa Garden Center is also hosting an event that will help you create a great garden that will be the envy of your neighbors and friends. The annual SpringFest Garden Market and Festival will be held Friday, April 13 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday, April 14 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. There will be everything imaginable to create a beautiful garden, a wide selection of plants, gardening information and garden art, unique arts and craft vendors, a kids’ zone with a display from the Children’s Museum, a bird house contest and auction, and delicious food and concessions. New to this year’s event, on Saturday from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the front lawn of the Tulsa Garden Center (weather permitting), will be music provided by the band Trouble Comin’, with brats, hotdogs and beverages for sale from the Doghouse, serving Tulsa delicious hot dogs since 2007, and a beer concession provided by and benefitting the Tulsa Garden Center.
Area plant nurseries will offer the newest and best plant selections for 2012. The popular Linnaeus Teaching Garden pass-along plant tent will be full of plants for sale from the gardens of Linnaeus gardeners, and other friends of The Tulsa Garden Center. Take this opportunity to ask any gardening questions you might have of these professional nursery men and women and Linnaeus gardeners.
Mark your calendars now to attend this spring gardening extravaganza on April 13 and 14. Proceeds from SpringFest Garden Market and Festival benefit the Tulsa Garden Center.
Also in April, Tulsa Garden Center Director of Horticulture Barry Fugatt will present a lecture on “Great Plants for Tulsa Gardens.” The event will be April 19 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and April 21 from either 9:30 to 11 a.m. or 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Tulsa Garden Center.
A plant breeding revolution has occurred in the nursery trade over the past decade with many new and much improved trees, shrubs and groundcovers being developed. You will be amazed at the beauty of these new plants and at how well adapted they are for local gardens. Participants will gain in-depth knowledge of various plant species and techniques for installing and maintaining those plants.
This is a two-part seminar that will be taught in a new format this year. Thursday evening will be devoted to lecture and instruction. On Saturday, the class will split into two sessions for hands-on instruction in the Linnaeus Teaching Garden. Participants will be notified on Thursday evening if they are to attend the morning or afternoon Saturday workshop. Cost is $20 per person, $15 for Tulsa Garden Center members.