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 ...
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!
By Linda Workman Smith
I was out and about earlier today trying to uncover part of my vegetable garden and blackberry patch. Cutting limbs from my neighbor’s pecan tree--that had fallen upon our mutual fence, and across one end of my garden bed-- it occurred to me that my girls and I had been to the Harper’s cellar on two separate days. Hummmm. Seems I lost a day somewhere.
My tale was correct up to the point that we checked on my home in Shawnee then—after stopping at Braum’s—returned to their home in Meeker. I was sleeping over that night—Sunday—so that I could be with my great granddaughters while my daughter/granddaughter went to fetch their daddy—our hero.
Monday morning was spent finishing a banner the girls were constructing for their daddy’s homecoming and watching the weather. Daddy’s plane was delayed. Mama made decision to stay home with her children till weather cleared our area. Went to Harper’s cellar. Neighbors and two well behaved dogs in attendance again. In gathering horror, watched weather broadcast on the little black and white television as storm chasers reported the tornado’s path of destruction.
After the all clear, my girls and I returned to their house, just down the road and my daughter/granddaughter left on her mission. Daddy wasn’t expected by girls till the following day. Spent time eating ice cream and having talent show. Mama and Daddy texted when they were nearly home—took girls to play room to read—Mama came down the hall into the play room said, “I brought y’all something.” From the darkened hallway stepped Daddy, our hero. Pandemonium erupted!
This was truly a priceless ending to TWO chaotic days.
As always, happy gardening,