By Darla Shelden
City Sentinel Reporter
For more than a dozen years, the Botanic Garden at Oklahoma State University has offered patrons opportunities for learning and sharing their gardening experiences.
Another great opportunity to tour the Botanic Garden will be available during the 14th Annual OSU GardenFest, which will be held on Saturday, September 26, at 3300 West 6th Avenue, located west of Stillwater on Highway 51.
Following a special dedication, which will begin at 10 a.m., the day long event will offer something for the entire family until 4 p.m.
This year GardenFest will not only feature ample educational gardening opportunities, but also feature live music, demonstrations and a wide variety of vendors.
Laura Payne, volunteer coordinator at the Botanic Garden, said the garden is in tip-top shape and ready for GardenFest.
“It’s always a lot of fun to have people come out to The Botanic Garden. Even those who have been here before will see something new because we’re always changing it a bit,” Payne said.
“We’ve got something going on for everyone in the family and we encourage you to come out and spend the day.”
A number of specialists will be on hand to share their expertise on cooking, backyard chickens, beekeeping, soil structures, vermiculture and rose alternatives. Also on the agenda will be the Mesonet Training Center dedication.
Payne noted that there will be a variety of children’s activities in the Children’s Garden.
“We’re excited to have several different musical guests on hand this year, including Strings of Praise; John Homer; Paul Bostick playing the dulcimer; and Stillwater-area favorite Red Dirt Rangers.
Several food trucks, including Café Bella, Purdy Q, Fruity Delights and Pagoda Pizza will be on site. Merchandise vendors will offer beautiful hand-crafted jewelry, handmade bath and body products, hand-carved wooden items and much more.
Events are free, however, donations are encouraged to help support this educational program. .
“Bring the whole family and come spend the day with us and learn more about gardening, take a tour of the garden, get answers to your gardening questions and get some great new ideas for your landscape,” Payne said.
GardenFest brings together people from across the state with a common interest in gardening and sustainable living for a day of educational workshops, tours and activities for the whole family.
It’s an opportunity to view the beautiful landscapes, innovative demonstrations and to ask experts questions.
Demonstrations include the following programs: Cooking with Barbara Brown, Ph.D., RD/LD at the Educational Center; Backyard Chickens, with Julie Croff, Ph.D., MPH at the Hen’s Inn; Bee Keeping with Mike Clark and Cindy Sheets at the Educational Center; and Vermiculture with Doug Hamilton, Ph.D., P.E. at the Hen’s Inn;
At 10 a.m., Strings of Praise, Musicians will perform on the Deck/Upper Lawn. Then at 1 p.m. Dulcimer player Paul Bostick will entertain in the Children’s Garden Area.
The popular Red Dirt Rangers will perform on the Deck/Upper Lawn from 2:30 – 4 p.m.
Artwork, music, plant sale and vendors will be present throughout the day. The event is open and free to the public.
OSU’s Botanic Garden offers walking trails through the arboretum and provides information to build a more sustainable living environment
For a complete schedule of events and vendors, or for more information visit The Botanic Garden at OSU website or contact Stephanie Larimer at 405-744-5404