If you have never heard of an aphid mummy, you need to hear this show! Cleveland County Extension Specialist and OSU graduate student Tracey Payton Miller shares her ongoing active research on aphid control with predatory insects. Amazing info on the overall concept of integrated pest management, preferences of different aphids and predators, and recommendations that are ready for use by greenhouse managers and useful for gardeners as well. Science fiction has nothing on actual real life insect and plant relationships!

In our OSU-OKC farmers market and garden roundup, we have such a contrast between summer crops finally coming in while the greenhouse is getting ready for the winter poinsettia sale!  Plus, Janet Stricklin joins us with information on our new floral design classes in cooperation with the Oklahoma State Floral Association.

Hope you enjoy!

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Ever wonder where all the great new varieties of shrubs and trees come from?  We get to know more today in our conversation with Ben Cecil, new product development coordinator for Greenleaf Nursery in Parkhill, Oklahoma.

Their Garden Debut series is developed in coordination with plant breeders and testers all over the country, with Greenleaf leading the effort.  Beautiful new plants with features not formerly available in the species have come on the market the past few years, really changing and enriching the choices open to the landscape consumer, landscape designers and local retail garden centers.  Be sure to check them out at gardendebut.com!

In our OSU-OKC market and garden roundup, Cody describes his preparation for 4th of July cooking with fresh produce and meat from the market, and Jamie tells of his battle with the evil trumpetvine!

Hope you enjoy the podcast.  Have a great 4th of July holiday!

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Did you know that most plants that are in the commercial marketplace have been trialed by either companies or organizations?  Here at OSU-OKC Haldor Howard, on the horticulture faculty, conducts plant trials for the All America Selections.  Students are involved in the growing and planting of the trials, and are also involved in designing the layouts for trial and display gardens, which are maintained by our awesome garden staff.  Haldor is working with students this summer to involve them in the observation process as well.  A great opportunity for our students to work with cutting edge and award winning plant material!  We talk with Haldor on this podcast about the plant trials.

We also have our farmers market and garden roundtable with Cody, Denise and Jamie.  New produce is always coming in at the market, and Cody highlights their program for doubling the value of SNAP purchases.  Denise and Jamie on the garden, and Jamie gives us examples of using leaf textures in garden design.

Hope you enjoy!

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This week it is all about the kiddos!  OSU-OKC hosted a group of middle school students in a program called “So You Want to Be” and showed them some horticulture fun and learning in our orchard, gardens and at the Wednesday Farmers Market.  Was great fun to see the interest and enthusiasm from the kids.

Did you know the Myriad Botanical Gardens have almost daily activities in their children’s garden, plus additional larger activities in the summer for kids?  In this episode, Ann Fleener of  Myriad Botanical Gardens joins us to share info on some of the many activities they have going for kids of all ages this summer and information on pollinator week.  Great activities and a beautiful setting!  Be sure to check out their website at www.oklahomacitybotanicalgardens.com for all of their updates on activities and for links to their social media sites.

In our farmers market and garden roundtable, Cody shares some of the new items coming in the market, Denise and Jamie on the gardens, and Jamie shares his favorite plants for children’s gardens and why kids like them.

Great info if you are planning activities for children or if you are simply a child at heart!

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This week we are so happy to have Dundee Butcher of Russian River Flowers as our featured guest!  Located in Healdsburg in northern California, Russian River Flowers holds a wide variety of floral design classes of many levels, and creates amazing floral designs for events.  Dundee recently visited Oklahoma City for a Myriad Garden event, and we got to meet her there and enjoy her stories and views on floral design.  She is very supportive of students and the next wave of floral designers, and always willing to share her experience with others.  I hope you enjoy our conversation with Dundee! 

For more information about Russian River Flowers, you can go to  www.russianriverflowers.com

We also have a roundtable with Cody and Jamie on the farmers market and the happenings in the garden.  A video showing the flowers that Jamie talks about is on our facebook page at All Things Green OK.

Thanks for listening, we hope you enjoy our podcast today!

 

 

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If you don’t have plans this Saturday, June 3, check out the Chisholm Trail Festival at Kirkpatrick Family Farm in Yukon!  Many activities going on all day from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Chisolm Trail, including lots of historical re-enactments, food, music and dance.

In this episode John Leonard, farm manager at Kirkpatrick Family Farm, visits with us about the history, philanthropy and activities at the farm including sheep, fruit and vegetable production, bee keeping and events.

Our regulars at OSU-OKC join us for the Farmers Market Update with Cody, and Garden Roundup with Denise and Jamie.

Hope you enjoy our window into horticulture for this week!

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Today we start off with our garden roundup with Denise and Jamie on gardening in the heat, plus a bit of a preview of our All America Selection flower trials, which will be showcased in a flower festival on our OSU-OKC campus June 24.

Our featured guest is Nicole Pittman, the horticulture manager for A New Leaf in Broken Arrow.  A New Leaf is a non-profit that serves the developmentally disabled community with horticulture therapy, vocational training and jobs in the horticulture industry.  Their services that they provide to the public are nursery grown plants from their greenhouses, floral arrangements made on site, and vegetables grown on their Blooming Acres farm area.  If you haven't heard of A New Leaf, you need to hear more!  They are an absolute gem in the horticulture community and provide a wonderful service to an underserved community.  You can check them out at www.anewleaf.org

Cody joins us for the OSU-OKC Farmers Market update.  As we get further into the growing season, more and more fruits and veggies are coming into the market.  Wednesday market will be added soon.  Listen in for updates from Cody.

Hope you enjoy the show!

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All Things Summer!  Today we welcome Annie Napier from Oklahoma County Extension Service to talk about summer herbs, composting and a rose rosette study happening at the County Extension Service.

Julia Laughlin of Prairie Earth Gardens shares her awesome insight on summer vegetable gardening, and even throws in some tips on extending your season and growing in the fall. You may have heard Julia on AM 1000 in Oklahoma City on The Garden Party, where she is a weekly host.  If you haven't yet, be sure to check out her show on KTOK AM 1000 Saturdays from 11:00 to 1:00.

Cody joins us for the farmers market update and a reminder of the seasonality of the crops, and Jamie shares his enthusiasm for summer annual vines.

Hope you enjoy All Things Summer!

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Today's podcast features Steve Owens, a mainstay in Oklahoma horticulture.  Steve and his wife, Ruth, own and operate Bustani Plant Farm in Stillwater.  At Bustani Plant Farm, they are continually testing new plants and grow almost all plants onsite from seeds or cuttings.  The Owens are there onsite to answer questions about the plants and suggest plant material for specific conditions.  What a treat for Oklahoma gardeners!

Cody joins us for the Farmers Market Update, and we have Denise and Jamie for the Garden Roundup.

Hope you enjoy...keep it green!

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It’s time for All Things Green!  In this episode, we welcome W. Gary Smith. Gary is a nationally recognized and awarded landscape architect with projects all over the country, many in botanical and public gardens. In this conversation he shares his observations on natural patterns in the landscape that are used in landscape design and art, and a bit about his design process and his projects.

Gary’s book, From Art to Landscape – Unleashing Creativity in Garden Design is a wonderful resource and a must have for garden designers.  He was recently featured in Garden Design magazine for his work in public garden design.  Find out more about Gary and his work at www.wgarysmith.com.

Cody visits with us about happenings at the OSU-OKC Farmers Market, and Denise and Jamie share their opinions on weeds and what is blooming in the campus gardens in the Garden Roundup.

Enjoy!

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