STILLWATER, Okla. – Plans are well underway for the 11th Annual GardenFest, and this year’s event promises even more fun and learning opportunities than ever before.
Slated Oct. 6 at The Botanic Garden at Oklahoma State University, GardenFest is combining the art world with gardening. This year’s theme is Art in the Garden.
Laura Payne, volunteer coordinator at The Botanic Garden at OSU, said there will be many more demonstrations and vendors at GardenFest than in the past.
“We’re very excited to have all of the vendors and demonstrations available for those who come to GardenFest this year,” Payne said. “It really makes it more of a festival atmosphere.”
Vendors will be showcasing products that range from stone and landscape materials, metal sculptures, and hand painted clothing, to pottery and acrylic paintings, hand woven baskets, repurposed garden décor and home grown honey.
Visitors to GardenFest will be able to observe a variety of demonstrations such as paper making, flower arranging, pottery throwing and gourd painting. Guests also will have an opportunity to learn more about the art of bonsai as well as xeriscape gardening.
These and other educational programs led by OSU educators, Oklahoma artisans and The Botanic Garden Ambassadors will take place throughout the day.
Sculptural works by Stillwater artist Morgan Robinson will be on display throughout the gardens. In addition, sculptural installations created by OSU students also will be displayed through the grounds.
This year’s keynote speaker will be W. Gary Smith, well-known for combining art and horticulture to explore ecological design and artistic abstraction.
The Botanic Garden at OSU is located at 3300 West 6th Ave. in Stillwater. Events are free; however donations are encouraged to help support this educational program. For more information visit The Botanic Garden website at www.botanicgarden.okstate.edu, or contact Stephanie Larimer at 405-744-5404.
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