Greater Tulsa Reporter
SPRING EVENT: The Owasso Garden Festival will offer plants, clothing, crafts and more from area farms and businesses. Volunteers have been working throughout the year to organize the event. Among them are, from left, JoAnn Lynch, Verna Wilson and Jeanette Swindell.
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Flowers are beginning to bloom and weather is warming in the area. To usher in the season, the Owasso Bouquet of Gardeners will hold its annual Owasso Spring Garden Festival on May 4.
This is the event’s ninth year. Bouquet of Gardeners members JoAnn Lynch, Verna Wilson and Jeanette Swindell have been working together to ensure another successful year.
“We are really looking forward to the event and hope that it is helpful for everyone who attends,” says Wilson. Everything needed to brighten a garden will be available from a variety of vendors. Every corner will boast something new and creative.
Plants of every color and shape have been picked out for the event. Flowers, shrubbery, cacti, succulents, herbs and vegetables will line the walkways. An entire area will feature daylilies. Gardening clothing, including hand-painted cotton overalls, sundresses and hats can also be found.
Gardeners will find many inspiring ideas to liven up their gardens for the new season. One way is to add spots of bright and cheerful colors. Ceramic pottery, creative yard art and hanging planters in an array of colors will be available.
In addition, Linnaeus Master Gardeners will be on site to make suggestions and answer questions. Their experience is lengthy and will prove helpful in walking all attendees through the steps of creating and maintaining a garden.
In addition, representatives from Oklahoma State University will be on hand to offer assistance. “They will have an area set up with information sheets about gardening. The sheets will include tips, tricks, and solutions for some of the toughest gardening cases,” notes Lynch.
Entertainment is on the event itinerary this year. With a few inquiries to the community, organizers have arranged performances for the entire day. Northeast Elementary students will bring their ukuleles at 10 a.m. The school’s choir will then follow along in performance. Beginning at 2 p.m., Owasso’s Mid-high Show Choir will sing songs for everyone. The day will end with performances from students of Amanda Foyil’s Music Studio.
Every year, proceeds from the event provide a scholarship for a senior at Owasso High School. “This helps to ensure that they have the funds to purchase books and enroll in classes. This is very rewarding to be a part of,” says Swindell.
Wilson explains that remaining funds from the event help the Owasso Bouquet of Gardeners continue their beautification projects throughout the year. Some of their projects have included planting redbud trees near the Owasso Community Center, placing a bench at Bailey Medical Center and maintaining the gardens at the library.
Volunteers thank the sponsors of the Owasso Garden Festival. Without their support, the event would not be possible. For more information, visit www.owassogardenclub.com.