Welcome to the Linnaeus Teaching Gardens
Linnaeus Gardener volunteers show off their "Friends of Linnaeus" T-shirts in the Boulder Garden.
Become a Linnaeus Gardener!
Learn More at Orientation, Saturday, August 16th
Orientation for the 2014 fall Linnaeus Volunteer training class will be held Saturday, August 16th, 10:00 AM at the Tulsa Garden Center Auditorium, 2435 S. Peoria Avenue, Tulsa, OK. Orientation is the first step in becoming a Linnaeus Volunteer.
Attend and learn more about the garden, its mission and volunteer program. Barry Fugatt, Director of Horticulture, will explain what it’s like to go through Linnaeus training and to be a volunteer at the teaching garden. There is no cost or obligation to attend the orientation. A reception in the Linnaeus Teaching Garden will immediately follow orientation.
Volunteers are the key to everything at Linnaeus. Several hundred men and women have graduated from the twelve-week Linnaeus Volunteer Program that equips volunteers to share their love and knowledge of gardening with the public. To quote a new volunteer “Who knew it would be so much fun to volunteer with my new best friends in the garden”.
Linnaeus training emphasizes practical “how to” gardening techniques. Garden design, perennials, annuals, trees and shrubs, pruning, water gardening, fruits, veggies, and lawn care are a sampling of the topics we cover in fall training. Much of the training is conducted in small group settings in the teaching garden. Linnaeus volunteers also enjoy lots of social activities, including group travel to great gardens in and out of state.
For more information call 918-746-5125.
Rain Barrels, An Environmental Solution
On Thursday, July 31st at 6:30pm, Alexander Riera of Coca-Cola will present a workshop on creating and utilizing rain barrels for water conservation. Mr. Riera’s workshop is part of Coca-Cola’s worldwide focus on water conservation.
As Oklahoma enters another season of below normal rainfall, capturing rainwater and reusing it for gardening purposes becomes even more important. For those advocating natural gardening methods, the use of captured rainwater provides a source of pure water without any absorbed chemicals from either treatment or ground contact, since rainwater is captured as it runs off the roof of structures.
Utilizing rain barrels in his own landscape, Mr. Riera can help homeowners with the practical considerations of installing rain barrels and utilizing them for re-cycling rainwater. Proper placement of the rain barrels, integrating them into the landscape design and the methodology of delivering the rainwater to the landscape will all be discussed. The workshop will lead participants in a step-by- step process of installing the rain barrel apparatus onto the empty barrel.
Pre-registration is required as Coca-Cola has provided 20 rain barrels and conversion kits for the workshop. The Tulsa Garden Center is offering the first 20 registrants the opportunity to purchase the rain barrels and kits for $20 (one per household) if they are Tulsa Garden Center members, or $25 if non-members. The rain barrel and conversion kit is valued at $120 - $140 and information will be provided during the workshop on where to purchase additional barrels and kits. This offer is limited to one per household. All other attendees or those that do not wish to receive a rain barrel and conversion kit may attend the workshop at no cost. The workshop will be in the auditorium of Tulsa Garden Center; 1421 So. Peoria Ave.; Tulsa, Ok 74114, at 6:30pm, July 31, 2014. Call 918-746-5125 for more information or to enroll. Payment must be made at time of enrollment.
The Garden is Open
Tues-Sat, 9am-4pm, March thru early Dec
Sundays 1-4pm, Mother's Day thru August
Questions? Talk to a Linnaeus Gardener at (918)746-5151. Go to About the Garden for more info.
What's in Bloom?
Summer plants continue to dazzle in the garden.