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Tips for tucking in your garden for the cold months

OKC Beautiful's Gardening Tip of the Month
By Carla Sharpe Modified: November 3, 2012 at 11:03 pm •  Published: November 5, 2012

Remember to sprinkle Sevin dust under the new pansy plants, or they may end up a tasty treat for sow bugs. Should the temperature be predicted to stay in the low teens for several days, give the pansies a light mulch.

So enjoy your hot cocoa by the fire, but don't forget about your outdoor spaces. A little care now and they'll reward you come spring!

For 21 years, Loretta Aaron, an Oklahoma City gardening expert, was a beloved and well-known gardening columnist for The Oklahoman. Loretta died in 2009. Her cousin, Carla Sharpe, an OKC Beautiful board member and avid Master Gardener, copied and indexed Loretta's articles spanning many years. With the permission of Loretta's family, we will reprint some of Loretta's words of gardening wisdom each month.

Beautiful things happening in OKC

•  “ART: Art in Recycled Trash” exhibit, Nov. 15 through Feb. 15. Gallery opening party, 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 15. Sponsored by OKC Beautiful and the Science Museum of Oklahoma, this is the second recycled art/Science Museum Oklahoma Upcycle Challenge in which participants collect items that would normally be trash to create works of art. See for more details.

•  Lecture on hardy winter plants, 2 to 3 p.m. Nov. 17, Myriad Gardens.

•  North Pole Winter Wonderland holiday exhibit, Nov. 25 through Jan. 1, Myriad Gardens.

•  Holiday garland workshop, 1 to 3 p.m., Dec. 1, Myriad Gardens.

•  Holiday boxwood tree workshop, 1 to 3 p.m., Dec. 2, Myriad Gardens.

Check for more holiday events.

OKC Beautiful's monthly Beautification Award winners

Each month, OKC Beautiful awards beautification awards. November's focus is on southeast and central Oklahoma City. The winners are:

• Organization: Positive Tomorrows

• Business: Rural Water Association, 1410 SE 15th.

• Residence: 227 NW 16th.

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