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Hello, I am Becky Carlberg, gardening enthusiast from Southeast Oklahoma. I have degrees in Biology from Eastern Oklahoma State College and Oklahoma State University. Teaching, research work, and competing in art shows then followed. I earned my ...

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Garden of Cross Timbers

Hello, I am Becky Carlberg, gardening enthusiast from Southeast Oklahoma. I have degrees in Biology from Eastern Oklahoma State College and Oklahoma State University. Teaching, research work, and competing in art shows then followed. I earned my Master’s Degree in Plant Pathology from OSU and continued graduate work on a Doctorate of Botany at the University of Oklahoma.

With my family, we twice had an opportunity to live in Europe. We were in England for five years and then later in Germany for seven years. It was an excellent education for our sons. I returned to gardening, writing and art, became a Master Gardener, as well as an Oklahoma certified Master Naturalist. I am the gardener in charge of the Shawnee Japanese Peace Garden, a member of the Deep Fork Audubon Society, and now call my five acre Backyard Wildlife Habitat and Oklahoma Wildscape outside Shawnee home.

My name is Linda Workman Smith. The first step of my gardening journey began in the hills northwest of Van Buren, Arkansas, where my parents—both from farming families—raised seven children.

This is not to say that I’ve always had a love for gardening although over the years I’ve managed to keep my hands in the dirt. In 2000, my husband’s employment brought us to Shawnee where we settled on two acres west of town. Being unemployed for the first time in many years—and planning to stay that way—I started gardening on a small scale.

I have been a member of the Multi-County Master Gardener Association for several years and thoroughly enjoy being in the organization. I now have many flower beds and I’ve expanded my gardens to include lots of vegetable varieties, several fruit trees, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries and grapes. Every year I try to plant something different. I don’t grow a lot of any one thing, but a little bit of lots of things!

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April 21st 2013 Blog

Becky Emerson Carlberg

Earth Day 2013 comes April 22nd.  Are you ready?  It is the 43rd anniversary and the focus is on climate change.

Actually, every day should be Earth Day.  After all, if it weren’t for Mother Earth, we would have no water to drink, air to breathe, food to eat or places to stay.  When I say we, I mean all living creatures.  Example:  When evaluating your yard or acreage to be considered for a Wildscape or Wildgarden, the very same four criteria are used to determine if your land is able to support wildlife.

Humans have not been kind to the Earth.  Thankfully, more and more are waking up to realize they have great control over the Earth and how it should be treated.  The Earth is the most beautiful planet from afar, and has so many resources and breath-taking scenery even the most fervent imagination could not dream them up. 

Tomorrow is Earth Day.  It is a time to perform acts of kindness for the earth.  Collect trash along the roads, plant flowers, trees and gardens, or separate and take your recyclables to the two recycle centers in Shawnee.  Do you know where they are?

One recycling center is in the parking lot of Homeland store, located at 600 W Independence.  The second is at Central Disposal at 700 E. 45th, just west of Harrison.  Plastic, metals, newspaper, cardboard and glass can be recycled at these 2 locations.

Earth Day was first organized in 1970, but American Anthropologist Margaret Mead supported having Earth Day on the March Equinox, or first day of spring.  John McConnell (1915-2012), known peace activist and creator and founder of Earth Day, also preferred Earth Day to be observed on the Equinox.  Many countries today ring bells on the Equinox in honor of the earth. In the USA, Earth Day is held on the 22nd of April.  Former Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson (1916-2005) is also credited with founding Earth Day.  He was responsible for putting the day on the 22nd of April, a time between spring break and college exams.  Nelson was a champion for “Environmental Teach-Ins”, and attracted people from all walks of life to participate.   Thus began the growth of the modern day environmental movement. Whoever passionate person or day you choose, the intention behind it is clear, TAKE CARE OF THE PLANET.  Many cities extend their slate of events over a week or month.  It is a time to encourage children and adults to participate and have fun, while promoting earth awareness. 

John McConnell designed the Earth Flag, a “flag for all people.”  It is a two-sided image of Earth as seen from space on a dark blue field.  Naturally the flag is made from recyclable, weather-resistant polyester.

Tomorrow, and every day henceforth, treat the earth with the greatest of respect.  She will thank you, and so will all of her other dependents

Check out this interactive website from the Earth Day Network:  http://www.earthday.org/

To see a stunning picture of the Earth Flag:  http://earthflag.net/

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