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A Blooming Business

Flower farms have been blooming all over Oklahoma. And, much like the delightful products they grow, they come in a rainbow of varieties: Some allow for customers to visit and pick flowers themselves, while others sell pre-picked and selected bouquets to clients or for special events. And while this may sound like a simple, pleasant afternoon in the garden,...

Blooming Ambitions

Wildflowers and other native plants dot the highways and byways of our state, from the Panhandle out west down to Beaver’s Bend in far southeastern Oklahoma. Many of them live and thrive without any help from people, but there are some folks who get really excited about said native wildlife – those would be the members of the Oklahoma...

A Fresh Perspective

Savoring The Great Outdoors The idea of enjoying one’s home and garden to the fullest continues to drive trends this year. “After the long quarantine in 2020, clients have put a big emphasis on their homes,” says interior designer Jennifer Welch of OKC’s Jennifer Welch Designs. “Clients have added pools, remodeled pools, added and/or updated outdoor kitchens and living areas. Some,...

Casey Hentges

After receiving her bachelor’s degree in horticulture from Oklahoma State University, Casey Hentges did commercial landscaping in Dallas. There, she noticed that she enjoyed public discourse surrounding horticulture topics, and decided to return to school to get her master’s in public garden management from the University of Delaware. Hentges then got connected with the OSU Extension office in Canadian...

Finding Frosty Flora

The leaves are changing and the temperature is lowering, but the work at Oklahoma’s botanical gardens doesn’t end in the fall. In fact, it’s just the beginning of another season of activities and programs. Tulsa Botanic Garden The Tulsa Botanic Garden does limit the daytime hours for the colder season. However, you can still plan a visit, says Lori Hutson, Tulsa...

Changing with the Times

I’m often surprised by the number of people I meet who have not heard of nor experienced a farm-to-table evening at The Living Kitchen Farm and Dairy in Depew. As someone who has been a fan for over a decade, I sometimes forget that the farm isn’t on everyone’s radar. What began 15 years ago to help raise capital for...

A Little Bit of Hope

In 2015, when chef Hope Egan decided to open her own full-service catering company in a small midtown-Tulsa kitchen, her life looked a lot different than it does today. Since then, Egan, a 30-year veteran of the hospitality industry, has added nine acres, plus chickens, ducks, heritage hogs, organic produce and farm-to-table dinners to her lifestyle. In doing so,...

Summertime Sowing

With average temperatures in the 90 degree range during the Oklahoma summer, residents trying to keep their lawns and gardens thriving should heed tips from the experts. Kathy Caviness of Caviness Landscape Design in Arcadia has some great pointers for homeowners and renters who take pride in their summer plants. “Soil condition is critical to retain moisture,” she says. “If your...

Plants and Partnerships

Community gardens offer more than a bounty of fruits and vegetables. They also produce a sense of belonging for neighbors, an appreciation of nature for students, and partnerships between civic organizations and groups. Oklahoma has a range of such gardens, from spaces at schools and plots in parks to neighborhood farms. They are used for educational purposes, business opportunities, community...

Creating A Refuge

Home Eco-Consciousness Saving the earth and a few bucks can coexist with eco-friendly adjustments to your home. Brian L. Freese, principal of Freese Architecture, suggests several ways to make your home green. Install continuous insulation in walls, ceilings and the roof. This includes properly sealing the many openings in a home – windows, doors, light switches, power outlets and ceiling light fixtures. Replace...