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July 25, 2012

Water wise irrigation is topic of Brown Bag Lecture

STILLWATER — Gardening enthusiasts who want to learn more about water conservation and irrigation should make plans to attend the Brown Bag Lecture Series at The Botanic Garden at Oklahoma State University Aug. 9.

The event will take place from noon to 1 p.m. at the Education Building at the garden. Guest speaker will be Lou Anella, ornamentals professor at OSU.

Laura Payne, volunteer/education coordinator at The Botanic Garden at OSU, said Anella will give a tour of the OSU Water Conservation and Irrigation Training Center, which is new to The Botanic Garden. He also will focus on water conservation strategies for home landscape irrigation.

“We encourage those with an interest in gardening to bring their lunch and spend an hour at The Botanic Garden in an effort to gain information they will find valuable for their own gardens at home,” Payne said. “Now that we’re getting into a really dry part of the summer, the information available at this lecture will be especially beneficial to gardeners.”

Members of The Botanic Garden at OSU may attend at no cost. Non-members will need to pay a $5 fee. Pre-registration is not necessary.

“We’ve had a great turnout this summer for our Brown Bag Lecture Series,” Payne said. “We will continue this event through October. Be sure to mark your calendar for the next two lecture series slated Sept. 13 and Oct. 11.”

Steve Dobbs, OSU grounds and landscape manager, will speak Sept. 13 about plants used in landscapes to create texture and diversity while saving space. Attendees will learn about new space saving trees, shrubs and perennials that offer height and texture for small landscapes, rooftop and container gardens.

Todd Lasseinge, executive director of the Oklahoma Centennial Botanic Garden, will speak Oct. 11 about the role botanical gardens have in preserving horticultural plant germplasm.

FOR MORE information about the Brown Bag Lecture Series, call Payne at 405-744-4531.

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