I am pleased to announce I will be in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Saturday, October 13 to speak at a conference entitled "Superior Plants for Superior Gardens." The conference is sponsored by the Ozark Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society and is a fundraiser to support the development of the Oklahoma Centennial Botanical Garden.
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I'm excited to be speaking along side some heavy hitting plant geeks such as Shane Berry, Len Miller and and Todd Lasseigne. Shane Berry will be talking about new and interesting Redbud (Cercis) cultivars. There has been some real interesting breeding developments with Redbud as you saw in my last post.
Dr. Miller is the past president of the American Rhododendron Society and founder of Lendonwood Gardens and Elk Ridge Garden. He will give insight into which Rhododendrons are tough enough to thrive in Oklahoma. There have been some incredible breeding breakthroughs in breeding for disease resistance and heat tolerance in this genera so I am excited to learn more from Leonard.
Todd Lasseigne, the Executive Director of the Oklahoma Centennial Botanical Garden, is the plant geek's plant geek. Todd will fill us in on the development of the Oklahoma Centennial Botanical Garden and then lead us on a tour of the grounds. Seeing Todd will be a highlight for me and many other plant geeks.
Scheduled Speakers include:
9:00 a.m. “Developing the Oklahoma Centennial Botanical Garden” - Dr. Todd Lasseigne
9:15 a.m. "Rhododendrons in Oklahoma" - Dr. Leonard Miller
9:45 a.m. "Plant Hunting for Superior Plants" - Tim Wood
10:30 a.m. - Break
10:45 a.m. "Redbud Cultivars" - Shane Berry
- Lunch on your own -
1:30 p.m. Tour at Oklahoma Centennial Botanical Garden - Dr. Todd Lasseigne
Plant sale: The Ozark Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society will have a limited number of rhododendrons for sale during the conference.
Location: Tulsa Community College - Northeast Campus: 3727 East Apache Street, Tulsa.
Hope to see you there!