OKLAHOMA ARTICLE ARCHIVE

Below you will find our growing collection of Oklahoma-specific articles. Enjoy!

LARRY HOFFMAN

Q&A with a lifelong gardener Story by M.J. Van Deventer  Photos courtesy of Larry Hoffman M.J. had a short Q&A session with Larry Hoffman, Retired State Farm Insurance Agent, President of the Muskogee, Oklahoma Garden Club and Civic Volunteer. He lives in the Zone 7 garden area. How long have you been gardening? Not including …

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HIVELY’S HAVEN

This master gardener transforms her family acreage into a wildlife paradise Story and Photos by Susan Albert Judi Hively of Hominy, who gardens on the land where her grandparents once lived, said she must have inherited the gardening gene from her mother, who liked flower gardening, and her grandfather, who always tended a vegetable garden. …

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A GOOD START

Growing your own vegetable transplants Story and Photos by Dee A. Nash One of the cheapest ways to garden in Oklahoma is to grow your own transplants. Starting vegetable and flower seeds indoors isn’t as hard as you might think, and broken down into steps, the process is even more straightforward. In central Oklahoma, the …

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DON’T PASS THE BUCK

Bottlebrush buckeye Story by Russell Studebaker Bottlebrush buckeye was first collected by American naturalist and nurseryman William Bartram in the 1770s. Although not common in American gardens, the bottlebrush buckeye was an instant success when introduced to Europe by John Fraser in 1785. Native to the Southeast – South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, and north Florida …

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JARED DEAN WEST

A bucket list of growing tips Story and Photos by Maureen Heffernan Five generations of his family, beginning with his great-great-grandfather, have farmed and gardened on Jared Dean West’s 102 acres in Ada. Of this acreage, 52 acres were part of the original Indian allotment lands of the late 1800s. His great-great-grandfather made his way …

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OUTDOOR HANGOUTS

Demystifying garden rooms Story and Photos by LeeAnn Barton What defines a room? Is it four walls and a door or the contents? Maybe it is the room’s purpose or the fact that it is only a portion of the whole living space. All of these speak to what a room is – garden rooms …

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CAPSICUM ANNUM AWESOME!

Growing your own banana peppers in Oklahoma Story by Maureen Heffernan If you have full sun in a location, you can grow peppers – sweet or hot. While sweet bell peppers are the most popular pepper, there are so many others to try – like banana peppers. Banana peppers are very easy to grow and …

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PERUVIAN LILY

Story and Photo by Russell Studebaker As a cut flower, Peruvian lily (Alstroemeria) has long been a favorite of florists as a cut flower. And now hardy cultivars, such as ‘Inca Ice’, extend their use in our gardens. This cultivar has been bred for large blooms on shorter, compact stems, which gives long-lasting blooms from mid-summer …

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PAUL JAMES

Former HGTV personality still ‘in his element’ Story by Susan Albert  Those learning how to garden in the late 90s more than likely watched HGTV’s Gardening By the Yard, featuring Paul James, a Tulsa master gardener.  The tell-it-like-it-is, quirky gardening show was born out of James’ own initiative. He pitched the idea for the show …

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