Fans of OETA’s popular television program Oklahoma Gardening will have the chance to see new segments, familiar faces and many more gardening tips and techniques as the show kicks off its new season.
Kim Toscano, host of the show, said she and the Oklahoma Gardening crew have been working hard to get the studio garden ready for the show. The show will air Feb. 24 before going on hiatus for OETA’s annual fund raising festival. Oklahoma Gardening will return full time March 23.
“We know we have many, many gardening veterans who watch the show every week, but we’re going to do a feature on building a garden from the ground up for those viewers who may just be getting into the gardening scene,” Toscano said. “Something we strive hard to do is keep the show interesting for novice gardeners as well as those seasoned growers.”
Something new being offered this season on Oklahoma Gardening is a monthly segment called Turf Talk. This segment will feature members of Oklahoma State University’s turf team who will highlight a wide variety of turf-related topics.
“Thanks to an Eagle Scout project, The Botanic Garden at Oklahoma State University is now home to 10 bluebird houses,” Toscano said. “We plan to do several bird-related segments throughout the season.”
In addition, the Oklahoma Gardening team will continue the partnership started last year with the IPM Oklahoma Program. Toscano said they will continue to educate gardeners that integrated pest management is more than the management of garden pests, but rather a system of managing the landscape and protecting the health of humans and the environment.
In keeping with tradition, the Oklahoma Gardening crew will be doing some traveling within the state. This year they will be taking a regional tour to east central Oklahoma.
“Although rain has been somewhat scarce across the state for the last couple of years, we’ll be doing a feature on rain gardens, and we’ll also focus on water rationing,” she said. “Other gardening topics we have planned for viewers include vegetable gardening, including some less common vegetables as well as those gardeners are familiar with, tree care and irrigation, air plants, controlling grasses in flower beds, managing wildlife, crop rotation and container fruits. We’re definitely offering a variety of topics that will appeal to everyone.”
Toscano also pointed out July will mark the beginning of the 40th year for Oklahoma Gardening on OETA. As part of the celebration, long-time viewers will have the opportunity to see some familiar faces as previous hosts make appearances on the show.
Oklahoma Gardening airs at 11 a.m. on Saturdays and at 3:30 p.m. on Sundays on local OETA stations. The program is produced by Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension through the department of horticulture and landscape architecture, Agricultural Communications Services and the Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources.