For more information, call the phone number or use the email address provided. To submit items, call Melissa Howell at 475-3770 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Reference “Home and garden calendar.” Please submit items at least 10 days before publication.
Central Oklahoma Bonsai Society, 7 p.m., July 9 at Will Rogers Exhibition Center, 3400 NW 36. Video program is “Introduction to Bonsai — Part 1.” Visitors welcome.
Weed and Seed Club, 11 a.m., July 13 in the Children's Garden at Myriad Botanical Gardens, 301 W Reno. For more information email email@example.com or call 445-7080.
Community Gardening workshop sponsored by Oklahoma County Master Gardeners 1 to 3 p.m. July 9, Oklahoma County Cooperative Extension Service, 930 N Portland. Workshop will focus on starting a community garden, choosing a site for a community garden, coordinating and training volunteers and garnering support from local organizations and businesses. Free. For reservations call 713-1125 or go online to oces.okstate.edu/oklahoma and click the “Contact Us” link.
Water saving landscapes, 9:30 a.m. to noon, July 12, Will Rogers Exhibition Center, 3400 NW 36. Save time and money growing a vibrant, low-water landscape. Participants will learn about plant selection, proper watering practices and the difference between drought-stressed and heat-stressed plants. Free. Call 943-0827.
Water Wise Landscaping: Outdoor Water Conservation, 9 to 11 a.m., July 13, Children's Garden Porch, Myriad Botanical Gardens, 301 W Reno. Promote conservation through proper outdoor watering and drought-tolerant landscaping. Experts from the Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension Service will provide information on different techniques from irrigation to proper plant selection followed by a walking tour through the gardens to show how these principles can be applied to create a beautiful, water-wise landscape. Free. Call 297-3995.
Mid-Week Market, 4 to 8 p.m., Wednesdays, July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Sheridan Lawn, Myriad Botanical Gardens, 301 W Reno. Join the Urban Agrarian for the freshest, most delectable local fruits, vegetables and other goods like jams, jellies, sauces, pastas and baked goods. All locally grown and produced. Don't be surprised to find a beer garden, sporadic entertainment, food trucks and more as the market grows. Call 297-3995.
Third Thursday — An Evening Garden Lecture Series, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. July 18, Oklahoma County Cooperative Extension Service, 930 N Portland. Hear presentations on topics like soil fertility, plants for Oklahoma, tree selection and planting, container gardening and more. Third Thursday of each month through October.
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Hormone woes bewitch trees
Q: A couple of branches on one of our trees, sorry, I don't know what kind it is, have gone haywire. They have dozens of short branches coming out at every place the rest of the tree has just one or two branches. Pruning the deformed branches off would make the tree lopsided, but this doesn't look good either. Any suggestions?
A: It sounds like the tree has a condition known as a witches' broom. The abnormal growth is caused when the plant no longer produces the proper amounts of growth hormones in the branch. The condition can be caused by a virus, fungal infection, an infestation of eriophyid mites or insects, road salt spray and herbicide damage. Hackberry trees and sycamore trees are both commonly seen with witches' brooms. There are no treatments for any of the trees with witches' brooms. Since your tree only has a couple of affected branches, you could prune them out and suffer with the lopsidedness for a while. Email questions to Jeff Rugg at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jeff Rugg, Creators Syndicate
What's cooking in today's kitchens?
What's new in kitchen design?
Open floor plans. Sleek styling. The isolated work island — it's all business, all on one level and not at all about coziness and kibitzers, let alone kids doing homework while you cook.
As seen — and reported by New York kitchen expert/author/blogger Leslie Clagett, the "modern" kitchen island floats alone, seatless, in the middle of the floor.
That's the news from Living Kitchen 2013, the trend-forward trade show that happens every two years in Cologne. This year, some 160 exhibitors showed off their furniture, design ideas and some way-out technology that may soon be showing up on this side of the globe, Leslie told the New York Chapter of the International Furnishings and Design Association.
Innovations to watch for, or watch out for: the independent work island; hidden cooktops — push a button to raise or lower to suit your cooking height; articulated faucets that dispense chilled water with/without carbonation; smart counters that offer recipe advice — set out whatever ingredients you have and it will suggest dishes that combine them (see Intel's "OASIS" — Object-Aware Situated Interactive System). Dare leave the ice cream out, and OASIS will warn that it's melting.
Also in the works: in-refrigerator cameras that look around and tell what you're running out of. As if we really need another device that's programmed to be a nag.
Rose Bennett Gilbert, Creators Syndicate