By: Mike Blake | Category: Lawn & Garden | Issue: June 2015
Visitors enjoy the veggie garden area.
Come celebrate Tulsa’s unique garden treasure, the Linnaeus Teaching Garden, in Woodward Park, a project of the Tulsa Garden Center.
On Saturday, June 6th from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., The Linnaeus Teaching Garden, in Woodward Park, will celebrate its ninth anniversary and its’ being named an All-America Selections Display Garden. By becoming an All- America Selections Display Garden, the Linnaeus Garden will be presenting the very best plants that American horticulturists and nurseries have introduced. This unique garden has never been more beautiful, with thousands of lush plants, gorgeous hardscaping, fountains, and water features.
The day will be filled with activities. Starting at 9:00 am, the first 400 visitors to the Garden will receive a free, one gallon “Fuchsia Glow” hydrangea, a fifteen dollar value. This new hydrangea, is particularly suited to urban gardens since it only grows 2 ½ to 3 ½ feet tall and wide. It will produce blooms throughout the season.
At 10:30 am, in the Tulsa Garden Center auditorium, Diane Blazek, Executive Director of All-America Selections/National Garden Bureau will present the program “Current Trends in Flower and Vegetable Breeding”
Ms. Blazek represents two non-profit organizations that have a direct connection to the commercial world of horticulture by having day-to-day contact with the major flower and vegetable breeding companies. Her presentation will explain the All-America Selections trialing process and what it takes for a new variety to become an AAS Winner. She will then explain the current trends happening in flower and vegetable breeding, giving examples of those trends and what it means for the individual gardener.
Following the lecture, Linnaeus Garden volunteers will be selling varieties of hot, new annuals, some of which will be made available for the first time in Oklahoma. Light refreshments and lots of free gardening advice and literature will be available through the day.
The Linnaeus Teaching Garden, a project of the Tulsa Garden Center, is pleased to announce that the highly popular Little Green Thumbs program will again be held in 2015. This is a program specifically tailored to ages 6 through 12 and strives to instill in its attendees a life-long interest in gardening.
The sessions held this year on the last Saturday of each month, May through August, from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. On June 27th the subject will be meeting and attracting residents to our garden; On July 25th the subject will be art in the garden; and on August 29th the subject will be harvest and eating from our garden. Participants will receive a healthy snack at each class, a Little Green Thumbs T-shirt, a garden journal and instructions for building a small compost area. Children that attend all four sessions will also receive a Certificate of Completion.
Each session is led by Linnaeus Garden Volunteers who have practical experience in the subject matter and are able to interact with each student. All sessions will be held in the Linnaeus Teaching Garden; 2435 S. Peoria Ave., Tulsa, OK. Students are asked to meet at the east doors of Tulsa Garden Center for the short walk to the Linnaeus Teaching Garden.
Pre-registration is required, so that sufficient supplies are available. Registration fee for all 4 sessions is $55.00 for Tulsa Garden Center members or $60.00 for non-members; $20.00 for individual classes. It’s recommended that children attend all four sessions, since they are related, but individual sessions may be attended at a cost of $18.00 per student.
Reservations are required. To register or to request more information about the program, please contact: Tulsa Garden Center; Phone 918-746-5125;