Oklahoma’s amazingly diverse flora has long been of interest to state residents. In 1987, individuals from throughout the state founded the Oklahoma Native Plant Society to encourage the study, protection, propagation, appreciation, and use of the state’s native plants. The society’s varied activities (field trips, lectures, workshops, displays, inventories, and roadside plantings) promote an awareness and understanding of some of the state’s most valued treasures.
Botanically, Oklahoma is a remarkable state! Located at the juncture of several physiographic provinces, it is indeed an ecological crossroad. Within its borders are found ~175 families, ~870 genera, and approximately 2,600 species of vascular plants—flowering plants, conifers, ferns, horsetails, and clubmosses. This flora is a complex assemblage of plants representative of different phytogeographic regions. Species characteristic of the eastern deciduous forest and central grasslands are the most common; however, species from the Rocky Mountains, the Chihuahuan and Sonoran Deserts, the Gulf Coastal Plain, and the Ozark Mountains also occur in the state. Fourteen different vegetation types are traditionally recognized. This tremendous diversity of plant species and communities reflects the considerable variation in the state’s climatic, physiographic, geological, and edaphic features. A plethora of different habitats for plants are present. More information about the flora of our great state can be found at the Flora of Oklahoma Project page.
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Thursday, April 6th. Central Chapter meeting. Room 196, OSU-OKC Horticulture building, 400 N. Portland, OKC.
Judy Katz is a master gardener as well as a journalist that writes a weekly article on gardening for the Norman Transcript. She combines her interest in gardening with one of photography:
Photography in the Garden – This class focuses on how to choose subjects in the garden, and framing the photo to choose just the right angle and lighting, as well as other tips. Because there are so many cameras, settings on the camera will be covered only briefly. This is a class for gardeners who want to capture their plants in photos, not photographers who want to perfect their garden pictures!
As we all seem to struggle to get that “right shot”, her tips on composing photos for plants seems timely as spring wildflowers and outdoor activities are approaching. Bring a friend and plan to join us. Social time 6:30, talk starts at 7pm. Hope to see you there.
April 28-30. Wonders of Wildflowers Weekend
Tallgrass Prairie Preserve, Osage County.
Look for the registration forms in the mail or click here to register online through April 24.
May 13, 2017. OKC Garden Fest
NEW LOCATION this year! West side of the Myriad Gardens, Oklahoma City.
Fabulous Wildflower Fridays
Join the Northeast Chapter for Fabulous Wildflower Fridays, every third Friday of each month at 5:30pm at Panera Bread at 41st Street and Hudson Avenue. Contact Constance Murray for details.