The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

March 22, 2014

Gardening workshop is April 12

By Judy Huhman
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Garfield Master Gardeners are planning their spring workshop on April 12. The theme is “Lemonade Gardening.”

Dee Nash, a native of Oklahoma, will be the key note speaker. She will speak on “Lemonade Gardening: Making the Best of Extreme Conditions or Lemonade out of Lemons.” Nash is the author of “The 20/30 Something Garden Guide: A No-Fuss, Down and Dirty, Gardening Guide 101 For Anyone Who Wants To Grow Stuff.”

She is an award-winning writer, speaker and garden coach. She is a contributor for the Oklahoma Gardening magazine in writing and photography, as well as for several nationally distributed gardening publications.

Local gardeners or want-to-be gardeners can follow her on the following websites or blogs: Red Dirt Ramblings, The 20-30 Something Garden Guide and Her book will be available for sale at the workshop.

Megan Hood, a local gardener, will talk about bag gardening. She was interested in growing ingredients for salsa. When she was in Texas, she saw someone growing tomatoes and jalapenos in simple bags on top soil on top of the ground. This will be her fifth year of bag gardening. She has learned how to make her own natural fertilizers and pesticides. Bag gardening is her passion that feeds her family and friends, as well as her own soul.

Rick Nelson, Garfield County Extension educator, will present information about the Oklahoma Mesonet, a way to follow the weather and planting conditions on the computer, cell phone and tablets.

He also will present “Oklahoma Proven,” a list of annuals, perennials, shrubs and trees that have been proven the thrive in our climate.

Shannon Vaverka, a Garfield Master Gardener, is back by popular demand with her presentation on drip irrigation. She will demonstrate how to set up a simple or more complicated irrigation system for the garden landscape.

The workshop will be held at Autry Technology Center 8 a.m. to noon. The cost is $35 per person, which includes refreshments and printed materials. A garden boutique will be set up for purchase of plants and items for gardens. Net proceeds will go toward the Garfield County Master Gardeners demonstration garden at Garfield County Extension Center, 316 E. Oxford.

Registration forms can be found at Garfield County Extension Center, The Garden House or Plants a Plenty nurseries. For more information, call Carrie Shreck at (580) 242-6523 or email

Huhman is a member of Garfield County Master Gardeners.