Cameron University to present free “Sustainable Gardening” workshop

In conjunction with “Sustainability: Challenges and Opportunities,” Cameron University’s triennial academic festival, two Cameron student organizations, the Biology Club and the Botany Club, will present “Sustainable Gardening,” a workshop for gardening enthusiasts, on Friday, April 10. The workshop is scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Botany Lab, Room 128, of the Sciences Complex. There is no charge to attend. Pre-registration is required to ensure that materials will be available for all participants and can be completed at For more information, contact Ron Gaines, assistant professor of biological sciences, at 581-8001 or

“Sustainable Gardening” will be led by Misti Shultz, a senior biology major from Lawton, who has extensive experience in gardening and composting. Participants will learn how to establish seedlings and how to adapt soil and watering conditions to deal with the ongoing drought in southwest Oklahoma.

The presentation portion of the workshop will cover how to start seeds indoors, how to determine your soil type and amend it if necessary, composting, alternative water sources for gardening such as rain catches and grey water usage, different irrigation methods, propagating plants, transplanting, and choosing plant varieties appropriate for the local climate.

During the interactive portion of the workshop, participants will gain experience transplanting and planning a planting space by planting a flower container. Techniques learned through this exercise can also be utilized for planting fruits and vegetables.


March 24, 2015