Gardeners know some plants require a bit of a greener thumb to grow in Oklahoma’s diverse soil types and climate. However, herbs and succulents are a couple of plant types that do well across the state and are great choices, especially for beginning gardeners.
For those wanting to learn more about growing herbs and succulents, make plans to attend the Herb and Succulent Festival slated June 8 at The Botanic Garden at Oklahoma State University. This fun event will take place from 9 a.m. to noon and offers something for the entire family.
Laura Payne, volunteer coordinator at the garden, said this is the second year for the festival and is looking forward to a big crowd based on the popularity of the event last year.
“Herbs and succulents are pretty easy to grow, so they’re great for beginning gardeners, as well as children,” Payne said. “Visitors to the garden for the festival will be able to learn all about growing these plants. When people think about succulents, most of them automatically picture the desert. While parts of Oklahoma certainly can feel desert-like in the summer, succulents will thrive in that kind of atmosphere.”
One exciting event on the agenda will be a wine bottle succulent garden demonstration from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. In addition, children can enjoy free pony rides from 10 a.m. to noon, and various vendors will be on hand offering decorative flower pots, jewelry, soaps, plants, cacti, succulents and herbs.
“Fresh herbs are a great healthy way to add robust flavor to the foods you prepare at home,” Payne said. “Rosemary, parsley and basil are just a few examples of herbs that are easy to grow. For those who enjoy flavored water, toss a few mint leaves in a pitcher of water and keep it in the refrigerator. A tall glass of mint water can be very refreshing on a warm summer day.”
Garden visitors who may have questions about growing herbs and succulents can get answers from a member of the Central Oklahoma Cactus and Succulent Society who will be on hand to share expertise.
“In addition, food will be available from the Good Little Eater, so plan on spending a great morning with us at The Botanic Garden at OSU.”
For more information, contact Payne at 405-744-4531 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.