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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 ...
Gardens 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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June 4, 2013 10:46 p.m.

June 4 2013 Blog
Becky Emerson Carlberg
It is hot. It is steamy. It is time for the garden tours, naturally.
The Shawnee Garden Tour
The Shawnee Garden Tour will be held on Saturday, June 8th, 2013. Three residences are taking part. Betty and Frank Howard’s garden is located at 602 Pool Place, Karen and Kelly Cook's place may be found at 3615 N. Union, and Master Gardener Tom Terry’s landscape is at 10 East Franklin Street.
Tickets are $5.00 for all three gardens, and may be purchased at the Greater Shawnee Chamber of Commerce on 131 N. Bell or at any of the featured gardens. Proceeds go to Shawnee Public Landscaping. Go check out the beautiful gardens and keep Shawnee beautiful at the same time!
The Tulsa Master Gardener Tour
Once you have explored the gardens in Shawnee, spend Sunday in Tulsa at the Tulsa Master Gardener’s 2013 Tour “Garden Like a Master” held Saturday, June 8th from 9 am to 5 pm, and Sunday, June 9th from 11 am to 4 pm. Each garden showcases a different theme and solutions to unique landscape challenges.
The Cottage Garden is in the woods and uses Oklahoma Proven plants and shrubs, cool patio furniture plus an intense green fescue lawn. The Welcoming Garden provides a home for birds and butterflies and features a fairy garden and children’s play area. The Family Garden includes annuals, a waterfall, goldfish pond, veggie garden, and herbs. The Food Court Garden is all about edible veggies and goodies for the kitchen, plus a flock of chickens in the back. The Vintage Garden is an established 20 year garden with annuals, perennials, water features, trees and shrubs that provide a wildlife habitat.
Advance tickets are $5.00 or $7.50 on the day of the tour. Tickets are available at the OSU Extension Office located at 4116 E. 15th Street in Tulsa. The Master Gardener Demo garden (re-designed every year) surrounding the building can also be checked out. The plants here test what grows well in Tulsa soils and climate. There is also a compost demo and Xeriscape Garden for those who believe it will again become hot and dry in Central Oklahoma.
Tulsa Tough
If you still have strength left after soaking in all the good garden ideas, then wander over to the Arkansas River to watch the St. Francis Tulsa Tough three day cycling festival going on. Bike riders may participate in races that range from 27 to 127 miles during two days, or professional level criterium races in three distinct festival venues. Races begin Friday night and continue through Sunday. It is free to the public.
Oh yes, we go. Our son rides in the criteriums and his goal is to complete all three this year. Watch the riders as they climb “Crybaby Hill” only to be met with spectators thickly lining both sides of the road at the top (where it levels off), yelling, shouting and squirting water guns.
There you have it. A weekend full of outdoor experiences. Grab your sunblock, large-brimmed hat, water and go have a good time.

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