January 17, 2019 Speaker

Perennials for the Passionate Gardener by Susan Brammeier, Southwoods Buyer

“My love of gardening started as a child helping my father grow vegetables on a 2 acre plot in our backyard in St. Louis Missouri. A keen interest in everything in the plant world led me to a degree in Botany from Florida International University. When my husband’s job brought our family to Tulsa, I started working for Southwood Landscape & Garden Center, where I have been for 21 years. Many of my duties included managing the perennial and annual departments, starting and maintaining a container gardening department, organizing events, and most recently becoming a buyer and production planner.

Along the way I was able to both attend school, studying Public Horticulture at OSU, and teach Horticulture at Tulsa Community College”.

Meetings are held the third Thursday of each month (except for December) at 7:00 pm at the Tulsa Garden Center.   

Refreshments provided – come early and mingle!

Russell’s Garden Wisdom

Russell’s Gardening Wisdom
January 2019

I always rejoice when the Winter Solstice has passed because it means that each day gets longer by a minute or more and with more sun everything begins the cycle of growth again. And sun is so welcome this time of year. Let’s all watch for the results of the Groundhog and his shadow on Saturday, February 2nd!

The fall foliage colors have gone, but winter berries give vibrant color and necessary food for good garden birds. Speaking of which, Tulsa Audubon Society’s Jan 15th (Tuesday evening) program at 7 pm at the Tulsa Garden Center will host Dr. Jeff Cox’s photos and stories of birds and animals from his recent visit to the Canopy Tower and Canopy Camp in Panama. Free attendance and open to the public.

Fall is always as busy as spring with prepping & maintenance for winter, leaf removal, and getting bulbs planted. And it’s still not too late to plant spring flowering bulbs. In fact, this week I’ve planted many bulbs in 8 inch bulb pots and then put a good mulch on top and around the pots. Now, I can move these flowering bulb pots in early spring to where I want to display them in the garden. This week, I was at Ted & Debbie’s on S. Harvard, and they had all their bulbs on sale for 1/2 price, and the bulbs looked good.

I do have flowers now in the garden from the Christmas Rose, Helleborus niger ‘HGC Joseph Lemper’, available mail order from Plant Delights Nursery, www.plantdelights.com. It’s a bit later this year as it usually flowers before Christmas, but this has been a very strange year for weather. Last year it was flowering in the snow and looked fantastic. I also have flowering one of my favorite early bulbs, Snowdrops. the Giant Snowdrop, Galanthus elwesii. I’ve planted a few new bulbs of it each year. Now the Giant Snowdrops are definitely larger and shower than the common Snowdrops, G. nivalis. The Giants also are better Snowdrops for naturalizing for our region. Unfortunately, snowdrops are not sold in most local nurseries, as the bulbs dry out very quickly and are therefore useless. Order bulbs from mail order nurseries like Brent and Becky’s Bulbs, and Old House Garden Bulbs in early fall and plant them immediately upon arrival. Note: On Saturday, February 9th at 6:30 p.m. the Oklahoma Horticulture Society will host a lecture in the Linneaus auditorium in Woodward park. The speaker, Mr. Steve Huddleston, is the Senior Horticulturist at The Fort Worth Botanical Gardens. Steve will speak on “Shade Gardening”. He is a former Tulsan, an OSU graduate, and worked in the summer while in college for Russell in Woodward Park. This lecture is free and open to the public… Happy Gardening

Happy Gardening, Russell

July 19, 2018 Meeting

At 7:00 p.m. on July 19, 2018, our speaker will be Andy Fusco, a past Linnaeus Garden Intern and current Horticulture student at Oklahoma State University. Andy hopes to some day work in public gardening management but on Thursday will speak about Xeriscaping/water-wise gardening in Oklahoma’s summer heat! It is so refreshing to hear from young up-and-coming gardeners and getting their view on the future of gardening!

June 2018 Meeting

Kimberly Strunk Stowell of Skiatook Bee Supply will speak about beekeeping and the importance of pollinators and the lives of the bees.  We will learn about how some hives are transported cross-country to pollinate massive fruit orchards.  Very interesting!  Please join us at 7:00 p.m. June 21, 2018, at the Tulsa Garden Center auditorium.



March 2017 Meeting

March 16th

Marcus Clayton, horticulturist for Tulsa’s McBirney Mansion, will be our guest this month as he tells us “How to get our landscape beds ready for Spring” and passes on the proper techniques for pruning Roses.


Arvid Dodd- Master Tool Sharpener- will share with us about how to care for our tools and keep them sharp, and will be available to sharpen our tools.



TPC August 2016 Meeting


Our August meeting speaker is Marcus Clayton, who spoke at our May meeting, and clearly showed he had a breadth and depth of horticultural knowledge.  He is a landscape architect, college-level horticulture instructor and currently serves as the on-site/live-in landscape designer for the McBirney Mansion on Riverside Drive.  He will be speaking about maintaining plant health, which is something we can all benefit from knowing. Join us for an informative meeting on Thursday, August 18, 6:45 pm, at Tulsa Garden Center, 2435 S Peoria.  If you have a distressed plant or two, bring along a sample – in a baggie to contain disease or pests – and find out what’s up with your plant.

McBirney Mansion

We enjoy snacks and fellowship beginning at 6:45, with the meeting following just after 7:00. See you there!




TPC July Meeting Info

Tulsa Perennial Club meets monthly, on the 3rd Thursday, 7pm, at the Tulsa Garden Center, 2435 S Peoria. Join with us Thursday, July 16, 2016, for a program on hydroponics, presented by Kelly Grogg of Grogg’s Green Barn. Here’s a brief bio on Kelly, and a link to their website. Hope to see you on the 16th!


Grogg’s Green Barn

As native Tulsan, Kelly grew up playing in the beautiful parks and enjoying all the outdoor space that the city has to offer.  Gardening was a passion for Kelly and he capitalized on it at an early age.  Kelly started Thrifty Lawn Care at the age of 12 years old, and sold it to help pay for college his senior year in high school with 65 lawns, and three crews of friends working for him.  A graduate from Cascia Hall, Kelly obtained his BA from Texas Christian University and his MBA from the University of Tulsa.  In 2007, Kelly trained with the Northeast Organic Farmers Association (NOFA) and obtained his organic landscape professional certificate.

In March of 2011, Kelly and his wife opened the doors of their dream business and named it Grogg’s Green Barn.  Since then, they have enjoyed cultivating its growth within the Tulsa community, and finding their niche in the products in which they are most passionate.  You will not find Encore® azaleas or Knock Out® roses taking up space at their garden center, however.  They have chosen to focus on plants that serve a real purpose in the landscape.  In fact, in 2015 they took and risk and mandated to their horticultural growers that each plant must answer two of these three questions: Does it exist in nature, does it have a positive benefit in nature (Pollination, Attractant, etc.), and is it edible.  This allowed Grogg’s to offer a wide range of true Oklahoma perennial natives, organic herbs and vegetables, Fruit and wildlife habitat trees, and a large selection of organic solutions for your garden and landscape.  Kelly and Carla are always looking for unmet needs, and their passion for gardening was not seasonal, which is why in 2014 they expanded their product offerings to include organic hydroponic products so they could enjoy the “outside,” indoors throughout the winter and hot summer months.

The store is working through its sixth year of existence, and every day is still a learning experience.  Kelly and Carla enjoy traveling with their children and never miss an opportunity to check out regional botanical gardens and other garden centers on their travels.  They hope that their excitement and enthusiasm towards “Sustainable Gardening” will inspire their kids and future generations to create natural settings in landscape that can be enjoyed by all creatures.

TPC April Meeting – Global Gardens

Tulsa Perennial Club meets Thursday, April 21, 7 PM at Tulsa Garden Center. Come early for snacks then stay for an interesting program by Heather Oakley, founder and director of Global Gardens. That night we will also focus on our upcoming plant sale, with distribution of plant labels, and opportunities to sign up to work on the day of sale. Join us for a fun and informative evening!

Global Gardens


TPC Helps the Monarch Butterfly

In the past week, 300 seed packets of Asclepias incarnata (swamp milkweed) were given away by TPC. If all of the seeds germinate, that will result in approximately 4,500 new milkweed plants in the Tulsa area – a huge help to the Monarch butterfly.  Most of the seeds were given away – with complete instructions for best germination – at the Garden Info Fair, which is held annually in February at Tulsa Garden Center.

Alyne explains how to prepare the seeds for stratification prior to planting.
Alyne explains how to prepare the seeds for stratification prior to planting.
Asclepias incarnata seedlings displayed at TPC's Info Fair booth.
Asclepias incarnata seedlings displayed at TPC’s Info Fair booth.

TPC February Meeting – February 18

Our speaker this month is James Spicer of Green Country Permaculture.  You might ask, ‘What in the world is Permaculture?”  One definition is:  Permaculture is the conscious design of ‘cultivated’ ecosystems that have the diversity, stability, and resilience of natural ecosystems.  It is a harmonious integration of people into the landscape in such a way that the land grows in richness, productivity and aesthetic beauty.  WOW!  (This definition was taken off the internet)

James started Green Country Permaculture in Tulsa in 2012. James grew up in Colorado where he spent many hours observing natural eco-systems and learned the importance of sustainable communities and local food. James attended the agro-ecology program at Prescott College in Arizona where he learned sustainable practices in agriculture and landscape management. He continued his education in Oregon where he received his certificate in Permaculture Design.  Since then, he has been working with homeowners and farmers in Northeastern Oklahoma, helping them to design and establish ecological solutions for their properties.

James will speak on breaking down the principals of Permaculture and how they apply to the landscape.

James_Spicer James2

Green Country Permaculture