By: Tina Lynn | Category: Lawn & Garden | Issue: July 2013
Patricia Lanza, gardener and author.
The Tulsa Herb Society is celebrating their 25th anniversary as a gardening society, therefore preparing for another exciting, yet informative educational event. Preparations are well underway for An Evening with Patricia Lanza, July 8th from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm at the TulsaGarden Center. Their free invitation to you includes an evening of garden exploration; where gardening enjoyment meets functionality.
Originally from Crossville, Tennessee Patricia Lanza remembers what it was like to keep a garden by closely watching her grandparents’ garden in rocky, clay soil. She remembers how they rented a mule to plow in the spring then raked out the rows by hand. How they planted, watered and hoed weeds all summer. She also remembers the taste of fresh vegetables right from the garden: the flavor from red, juicy tomatoes, the taste of tender green beans and corn, indeed lots of corn picked by the apron full every day.
Patricia Lanza began gardening just like her Tennessee grandparents, however by the time she was a grandmother she needed to garden a different way. She dealt with the same gardening conditions, rocky hardpan. It was there and then she discovered what she calls Lasagna Gardening; a method of creating good soil without digging, tilling or weeding. It’s what keeps her in the garden today as she gardens near her original home where the soil is rock and clay.
As a gardener and garden communicator, Patricia Lanza shares her knowledge as a writer, book author and public speaker with over twenty years’ experience. Her newest book, My Garden Doctor was published in 2009, a reprint of a book published in 1914 with a new forward and epilogue. Her other books include: Create Wonderful Gardens, Lasagna Gardening, Lasagna Gardening for Small Spaces, Lasagna Gardening with Herbs, My Grandmother's Aprons, and My Garden Doctor
This year is very special for the Tulsa Herb Society; they are celebrating 25 years and growing! JoAnn White past President and charter member remembers, “The way I remember it, several of us wanted to "learn more." So, we started talking about a new herb society…” They discussed their plans with the then executive director of the Tulsa Garden Center, who encouraged them to, "Go for it." Which they did and the rest is herbal history. Throughout the years THS has hosted speaker after speaker who have international appeal as horticulturalists, herbalists, historians and dig in the dirt gardeners. Each has brought knowledge to share not only for the novice gardener who just wants to feel the earth and reap solace, but for the seasoned professional horticulturist who yearns to gain new gardening prospective.
Join the Tulsa Herb Society as they welcome this kindred spirit and knowledgeable gardener to Tulsa. The event is open to the public and reservations aren’t required.