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The Midwest City Council of Garden Clubs, 1 p.m. today, April 2, at Rubye Atkinson Garden Center 1441 N Key Blvd., Midwest City. The Ivy Garden Club is hosting. The program will be “Flower Show Design” given by Analee Harper, Master Judge, State and National Life Member and member of Ivy Garden club.
The Oklahoma City Council of Garden Clubs will meet April 13 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 following the meeting. Call 722-8822.
Myriad Gardens Brown Bag Lunch Series, noon to 1 p.m. April 12, 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. April 14, 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. Bring a plastic bottle from home. 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.
Myriad Botanical Gardens' Plant & Garden Sale, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, just inside the south entrance of the Crystal Bridge, 301 W Reno. Locally grown green and flowering plants as well as vegetables and herbs will be available. A horticulturist from the Myriad Botanical Gardens will be on hand to assist guests and answer gardening questions. Proceeds from the Plant & Garden Sale benefit the Myriad Botanical Gardens horticulture department.
Sunshine Celebration & Easter egg Hunt, 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Myriad Botanical Gardens, 301 W Reno, for children ages 2-10. Includes children's activities and crafts, an egg hunt with prizes, a treat station and visits from the Garden Easter Bunny. Children will get to plant a seedling to take home. Easter egg hunts inside the Children's Garden will begin at 10:30 a.m. for ages 2-5 and 11:15 a.m. for ages 6-10. Admission is $5 per child. A limited number of spots are available and advance registration is encouraged. Call 297-3611. Proceeds support the Myriad Botanical Garden's children's garden library.
The Annual Spring Plant Sale of the Oklahoma City Council of Garden Clubs, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 14 at Will Rogers Garden Exhibition Building, 3400 NW 36. 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.
Would you love to grow a fruit tree, but don't have the space? Would you like to grow something more unusual than an apple tree or a pear tree? Then the rare Changshou kumquat could be a good choice. Grown for its large juicy fruit, this small tree blooms with fragrant white flowers from May to September, and the fruit ripens year-round. Changshou's pear-shaped fruit is larger than other kumquats, and it has a delectable flavor when you eat the whole fruit — peel and all. These plants are self-fertile, so only one plant is needed to produce fruit. Available from the Logee's Greenhouses website — www.logees.com — or by calling (888) 330-8038. A large plant in a 7-inch-long tree pot sells for $39.95.
Those big flies aren't mosquitoes
Many may be asking what are these mosquito-like bugs seen in the region recently, and why are they so abundant? Crane flies, incorrectly known as “mosquito hawks,” are large, brown flies with long legs. Contrary to their common name, adults and larvae of crane flies do not feed on mosquitoes. The larvae of crane flies are large, gray brown, thick and cylindrical. Crane fly larvae have chewing mouthparts, helping them decompose vegetation. The larvae may be found under layers of wet leaves or under compost piles in winter. As many have seen recently, adult crane flies emerge in early spring. However, adults do not feed, only mate. Because they only feed on decaying organic matter, crane flies should be considered beneficial decomposers. The flies are harmless to humans and plant life, similar to 97 percent of all insects. Crane flies have no interest in blood sucking and should not be confused with their smaller cousin, the mosquito. In addition, crane flies serve as a food source for other wildlife as well. So, don't go crazy with insecticides — the birds need something to eat too.
Tracy Peyton, Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service