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• The Oklahoma Rose Society will meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Will Rogers Garden Exhibition Center, 3600 NW 36. The program will be a discussion of the various chemicals that are useful in dealing with rose fungus problems as well as effective products to eliminate non-friendly insects and mites. The public is welcome.
• The Oklahoma City Council of Garden Clubs will meet Friday at Will Rogers Garden Exhibition Center, 3600 NW 36. Refreshments at 9:30 a.m. hosted by Hemerocallis Society. Program is on “Compost Tea and Self-watering Gardens” by Bob Cowden. Preparations for the plant sale will follow the meeting. Call 722-8822.
• Flower Design Class, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday Will Rogers Garden Exhibition Center, 3600 NW 36. Learn to design with orchids. For more information, contact Diana at 942-2534. Sponsored by Oklahoma City Council of Garden Clubs Inc.
• Myriad Gardens Brown Bag Lunch Series, noon to 1 p.m. Thursday. Myriad Botanical Gardens Executive Director, Maureen Heffernan, will talk about native plants and show some of her favorite native plants for home gardens. Free and open to the public. Held in the Dean A. McGee Center, Terrace Room, on the lower level of the Crystal Bridge, 301 W Reno.
• Birds in the Garden: Make Your Own Birdfeeder, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Myriad Botanical Gardens Children's Garden, 301 W Reno. Children learn about the fun of recycling by making an empty plastic pop bottle into a hummingbird feeder or a regular bird feeder. Recycle a plastic bottle from home or a limited quantity will be available. Learn about the many species of birds that make their home in the Myriad Botanical Gardens and discover how to attract native birds to your home garden. Admission is $5 per child.
• Traditional Broom-making Demonstration, 9 to 11 a.m., April 21, Children's Garden in Myriad Botanical Gardens, 301 W Reno. In 1906, Lindsay was known as the “Broomcorn Capital of the World” and from 1915 to 1946, Oklahoma led the nation in broomcorn production. Although advances in machinery made handmade brooms nearly obsolete by the 1960s, today artisans still make brooms by hand for decorative and functional use. Free and open to the public.
• Hearth Broom-making, noon to 4 p.m. April 21 and Whisk Broom-making, 1 to 5 p.m., April 22, Myriad Botanical Gardens, 301 W Reno. In these adult education classes, students will learn about the traditional art of making handmade brooms. In the hearth broom-making class, students will have the choice of making one round or one flat broom. In the whisk broom-making class, students will make a traditional flat whisk and a fantail whisk. All materials are provided. Cost is $45 per session for Myriad Botanical Gardens members; $55 per session for nonmembers. Enroll in both classes and save $10. Call 297-3611 for reservations.
• The Norman Garden Festival will be held, rain or shine, on 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 14, Cleveland County Fairgrounds, 615 E Robinson, Norman. The festival will feature vendors, locally grown plants as well as educational speakers, the Cleveland County Master Gardener Plant Sale, informational booths, and Demonstration and Teaching Garden tours. This program is sponsored by the Cleveland County Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service in cooperation with the Cleveland County Fairgrounds.
• The Annual Spring Plant Sale of the Oklahoma City Council of Garden Clubs, Saturday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. or until sold out, at Will Rogers Garden Exhibition Building, 3400 N. W. 36th St. Proceeds go to garden council projects including Garden Festival in the Park, Christmas Nature Tree and activities, scholarships to OSU/OKC, design workshops, educational programs and promotion of Will Rogers Park. Plants of all types are grown by local gardeners and can be spring-planted. Public is welcome. Call 722-8822.
• Central Oklahoma Hemerocallis Society Spring Daylily Sale, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 21, Will Rogers Exhibition Center, 3400 NW 36. Call LaDonna Evans, 550-7632.
• Central Oklahoma Hemerocallis Society Show and Sale, 1 to 4 p.m. June 9, Will Rogers Garden Center, 3400 NW 36. Call 550-7632.
Oak disease poses growing problem
Losing a tree can be stressful for homeowners, financially and emotionally. For all the years it takes a tree to mature, it is devastating for one to die rapidly because of disease. This is true with hypoxylon canker in oaks. I've seen the most devastating outbreaks in the cross-timber areas of eastern Cleveland County, where acres of trees have been lost.
Like most fungi, hypoxylon canker is spread from one tree to the next by wind, rain, tools and insects.
Symptoms of hypoxylon canker include yellow, wilted leaves followed by death of entire branches. As the disease progresses and branches die, bark is lost, exposing the fungal growth or stroma. The stroma appears as sunken areas that are brown, silver, black, dark gray, or white, depending on the life stage of the fungus. There is no effective means of control for hypoxylon canker. Infected trees should be removed to prevent secondary infections on other trees. The homeowner should completely remove trees and grind the stumps when greater than 15 percent of the tree canopy is dead. Remaining branches and stumps can harbor the fungi causing a source of reinfection.