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• Central Oklahoma Bonsai Society, 7 p.m. Tuesday, Will Rogers Exhibition Center, 3400 NW 36. Program is “Making a Japanese Maple Bonsai from Nursery Stock” on video.
• Oklahoma City Council of Garden Clubs, 9:30 a.m. refreshments, 10 a.m. meeting, Friday at Will Rogers Exhibition Center, 3400 NW 36. Refreshments provided by the Herb Society. Program is “Plants: Pests and Invasives — Not all Aliens are from Outer Space!” by Jeanetta Cooper, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture. Call 722-8822 or 601-9466.
• Viola Garden Club, 10 a.m. Oct. 17, Will Rogers Exhibition Center, 3400 NW 36. Carpool for a field trip to a location to be determined. If not notified previously, call 261-0298 or 820-2996 for information about this location. Luncheon arrangements will be announced when meeting for carpooling. This trip takes the place of a regular meeting.
• African Violet Society of Oklahoma City, 2 to 4 p.m., Oct. 21, at OSU Agriculture Resource Center, 400 N Portland, Room No. 194. Call 256-6881 or 376-3369.
• Flower design class, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, Will Rogers Exhibition Center, 3400 NW 36. Program is “Dish Gardens for Winter.” Call 942-2534. Sponsored by Oklahoma City Council of Garden Clubs.
• Beginner beekeeping classes, 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 3 at Oklahoma County Cooperative Extension Service, 930 N Portland. Sponsored by Central Oklahoma Bee Association. Contact Rick@OKBees.com or 473-5680 for information or to register.
• Fall foliage getaway trip, Friday and Saturday, to Hot Springs, Ark. Depart from Myriad Botanical Gardens and travel by luxury motor coach through the 54-mile Talimena Drive en route to Arkansas Scenic Route 88. Arrive at the Garvan Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs National Park. Enjoy a private, behind-the-scenes tour of the gardens. Relax overnight at The Arlington Hotel. Registration is needed by Wednesday. For cost, itinerary and information, call 297-3611.
• Pumpkinville, presented by OG&E, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, Saturday to Oct. 31, Children's Garden, Myriad Botanical Gardens, 301 W Reno. Cost is $5 per child and $2.50 per adult for nonmembers; Myriad Botanical Gardens members are free. Activities include a corn toss game, bobbing for apples, pumpkin decorating, hourly cider pressing, story times, pie-making demonstrations, tasty treats, evening ghost stories and more. Call 297-3995.
• Orchids in October, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Oct. 18, Gardens Restaurant, Myriad Botanical Gardens, 301 W Reno. An annual luncheon that benefits Myriad Botanical Gardens Foundation. This year's honoree is Larry Nichols. Tickets start at $75 per person, with additional donor-level opportunities. Call 297-3974.
• Salsa making class sponsored by the Cleveland County Master Gardener Association, 10 a.m., Oct. 20, Cleveland County Cooperative Extension Service, Cleveland County Fairgrounds, Room C, 601 E Robinson, Norman. Conducted by Brenda Hill, family consumer sciences educator, Cleveland County Extension Service. This event is free to the public. Call 321-4774.
• The Central Oklahoma Cactus and Succulent society will present “Cacti and Succulents for Cold Climates” by author and speaker Leo Chance, 10 a.m., Oct. 20, Will Rogers Exhibition Center, 3400 NW 36. Sales of cactuses and succulents will follow the program. Free. Call 737-1831 or email email@example.com
• Fall foliage walking tour, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Oct. 26, Will Rogers Exhibition Center, 3400 NW 36. Take an invigorating autumn hike through the Will Rogers Gardens and newly-renovated Margaret Annis Boys Arboretum. Comfortable walking shoes recommended. Registration required by calling 943-0827. Free.
Autumn planting guide
It is the time of year again for planting trees and shrubs. Below are some tips for keeping your new plantings healthy.
1. Dig the hole two times wider than the root ball diameter.
2. Plant the tree slightly above the natural grade of the soil.
3. Always handle the plant by the container or root ball, not the trunk.
4. Do not amend the planting hole. No peat moss, fertilizer, or other amendment should be placed directly into the hole with the plant.
5. Fill the hole with native soil and tamp the soil down around the plant.
6. Water completely and thoroughly to settle soil around the roots and eliminate air. Check the moisture every week and water as necessary.
7. Add a 2- to 3-inch-deep layer of mulch around the base of newly planted trees and shrubs, but do not let it contact the trunk.
8. Never stake your tree. If you have to stake a tree, do it loosely so the tree can still sway.
A list of recommended trees and shrubs for Oklahoma can be found at oces.okstate.edu/cleveland/horticulture.
Tracey Payton Miller, Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service