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Tulsa's Linnaeus Teaching Garden Marks Its 10th Anniversary

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Aired on Friday, June 3rd.

Attention, flower- and plant-lovers! On this installment of ST, we speak with local gardening expert Barry Fugatt, who is also the resident horticulturist at the Tulsa Garden Center as well as the director of the Linnaeus Teaching Garden. (Both facilities are based at Woodward Park here in Tulsa.) As Fugatt tells us today, the Linnaeus Teaching Garden -- named for Carl Linnaeus, the Swedish naturalist and so-called "father of botany" -- will celebrate its tenth anniversary tomorrow (Saturday the 4th) with a special day of open-to-the-public activities. As noted at the Teaching Garden's webpage: "Starting [on Saturday] at 9am, the first 400 visitors to the Garden will receive a free, one-gallon Nantucket Blue hydrangea.... This repeat-blooming hydrangea is particularly suited to urban gardens... [and] will produce blooms throughout the season. At 10:30am, Nelson Darden, sales manager with industry giants Proven Winners and EuroAmerican, will be speaking.... There is no cost to attend this lecture, but come early to ensure getting a seat. It will be held in the Tulsa Garden Center auditorium." (More info can be obtained at 918-746-5125.) Also on this edition of our show, commentator Mark Darrah vividly remembers a certain teacher from his junior-high years...and also remembers that teacher's lost dreams.

Rich Fisher passed through KWGS about thirty years ago, and just never left. Today, he is the general manager of Public Radio Tulsa, and the host of KWGS’s public affairs program, StudioTulsa, which celebrated its twentieth anniversary in August 2012 . As host of StudioTulsa, Rich has conducted roughly four thousand long-form interviews with local, national, and international figures in the arts, humanities, sciences, and government. Very few interviews have gone smoothly. Despite this, he has been honored for his work by several organizations including the Governor's Arts Award for Media by the State Arts Council, a Harwelden Award from the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, and was named one of the “99 Great Things About Oklahoma” in 2000 by Oklahoma Today magazine.
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