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Herb and Plant Fest Enters 21st Year

By EMILY RAMSEY

On April 15, the Jenks Garden Club’s annual and much anticipated Herb & Plant Festival returns to downtown Jenks for its 21st year.

The free festival opens at 8 a.m., running until 4 p.m., and will feature vendors of herb varieties, vegetables, flowers, shrubs, trees, and all other essentials for the upcoming growing season.

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Rebecca Norton is at Home in Her Greenbelt

By KYLIE McFERRIN

Not everyone grows up becoming one with trees, but Rebecca Norton did. It was her escape and it seems not much has changed since. As a child, the woods were a friend while living in New England, and now a licensed counselor with degrees from Louisianna State University and Amberton University, the trees are still her constant friends as her continuous work in the greenbelt behind her Minshall Park neighborhood home in south Tulsa can attest.

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Botanic Garden Breaks Ground on Mabee Grange

On Nov. 10, Tulsa Botanic Garden broke ground on its multi-purpose building, the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Grange. The building will be located just west of the Children’s Discovery Garden and is expected to open in summer 2017.

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Home Improvement Jobs that Add Curb Appeal

By BLAKE AUSTYN

Many people are familiar with the idea that a strong first impression can go a long way. While that idea is most often referenced in regard to personal interactions, it’s also applicable to real estate.

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Wine and Roses Returns Sept. 25

Tulsa Garden Center’s An Evening of Wine and Roses will celebrate its annual event Friday, Sept. 25, 7-9:30 p.m. at the Tulsa Municipal Rose Garden.

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Ground Broken for Children’s Garden

By KATHERINE HASKELL

The Tulsa Botanic Garden is growing in unexpected ways. Flowering perennials budding along gravel walks are naturally found in this season of rebirth. Now this spring, Tulsa Botanic Garden has expanded its themed gardens with the groundbreaking of its Children’s Discovery Garden on April 18.

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Herb Festival Benefits Jenks

By EMILY RAMSEY

The Jenks Garden Club prepares to welcome spring and gardening enthusiasts at its annual Herb and Plant Festival April 25 in downtown Jenks.

The event, to be held 8 a.m.-4 p.m., will host more than 100 vendors featuring herb and vegetable plants, flowers, shrubs, trees, and gardening supplies and materials.
“We feel like the festival is the announcement of spring,” says Jenks Garden Club member Mari Migliore.

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Owasso Market to Open 10th Season

By EMILY RAMSEY

The Owasso Farmers Market will kick off its 10th season at the end of April/early May. The market will run through the spring and summer months, 8 a.m. – noon on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

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Market Grows with Rose District

By EMILY RAMSEY

Broken Arrow’s Rose District Farmers Market kicks off its eighth season April 18 on Main Street. The market will run every Saturday through Sept. 26.

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Local Farmers Markets to Open

By EMILY RAMSEY

The Cherry Street Farmers’ Market begins its 18th season on April 4 with new and returning vendors and a name change.

The market’s new name is Tulsa Farmers’ Market, which allows the market to encompass more than just Cherry Street, says Market Administrator Penni Shelton; this includes on Brookside, where the winter market (open November-March) and the Wednesday summer market (open May-October) operate in the Whole Foods Market parking lot, 1401 E. 41st St.

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Galaxy Home Recreation Opens B.A. Store

By EMILY RAMSEY

“People want to enjoy their homes,” says Ronak Shah, co-owner of Galaxy Home Recreation.

That statement, while it may seem obvious, is very true, and it’s a fact that Ronak and his sister, Co-Owner Nimisha Shah, have built their company around today.
Galaxy Home Recreation was started by their father in 1975. Ronak took over the company full time seven years ago, with Nimisha joining in 2011.

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Tulsa Home & Garden Show

GREEN FRIENDS: Lawn America’s Brad Johnson and his friend enjoyed the Tulsa Home and Garden Show this spring. Early rains have created beautiful lawns throughout Green Country this year, many enhanced by Lawn America.

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Bixby Farm’s Roots Still Strong After 60 Years

Bixby is, no doubt, home to its share of farming families. One very visible example of that is Conrad Farms, 7400 East 151st Street South.

The history of Conrad Farms officially began in Timberhill, Okla., in 1931 when Chester Conrad purchased his first 80-acre all-purpose farm. Conrad grew up in Kansas on an all-purpose farm, learning the trade from an early age. In 1938, he settled with his wife and four children in Bixby, where he believed to be the best farming land.

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Bixby Expands in Home Development

By EMILY RAMSEY

While it’s no revelation that Bixby is growing leaps and bounds, recent and future planned construction attests to the truth that the city’s demographics are widening.

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Owasso Welcomes Spring with Annual Festival

By ANNE BOYD

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.

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