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We are proud to bring you speakers from our own backyard as well as throughout the country who are well known for their knowledge and dedication to the horticulture industry.

Design Workshop:
Space Planning and Design for a Residential Property
This workshop introduces the exciting process of planning, designing and drawing a residential landscape plan. Attendees will learn design theories, and follow step-by-step drawing demonstrations, and lectures during the workshop. This workshop is to provide the nature enthusiasts and creative attendees an intensive space planning and design experience for residential property. Attendees will be participating in hands-on design experience, and be able to take home a colored landscape plan by the end of the workshop.
​Participants: max. 30 people

Qing Lana Luo 
Qing Lana Luo is a licensed Landscape Architect, and an Assistant Professor and State Extension Specialist of Landscape Architecture at Oklahoma State University. Before joining the academic position, she had been practicing landscape architectural design in leadership roles in international design firms for seventeen years in Boston, MA and Beijing, China. She has worked for prestigious international firms including EDSA, CRJA and Turen Scape, and had her practice. She has designed a wide range of outdoor environment, including urban parks, plazas, streetscapes, residential landscapes, and mixed-used developments. Her projects are located broadly in the world including the USA, South America, Middle East, Europe, and China. Qing’s work has been recognized with many international, national, and regional awards.
Qing currently teaches six core design classes at Oklahoma State University. She has been invited to give a wide range of talks, and to teach workshops relating to landscape design, sustainable landscape, cultural landscapes in regional programs, national conferences, and international universities. She has a deep understanding of landscapes, design, culture, and sustainability issues. She has traveled to many places in the world and used photography as her journal to record her experiences.

Growing your Digital Marketing Efforts
Ruth Inman
Ruth Inman is a marketing Jill-of-all-trades who thinks being called a “geek” is a compliment. As an assistant professor in agricultural communications and convergent media state extension specialist at Oklahoma State University, she gets to put her geeky skills to use daily teaching about digital media and integrated marketing communications.
 With three degrees from OSU (bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate) and more than a decade working for the university under her belt, it’s easy to believe Dr. Inman bleeds orange. Before joining the faculty, she led the marketing staff for the OSU Spears School of Business, managed marketing projects for the OSU Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, and owned a web design, graphic design and marketing consulting business. She is passionate about helping students, businesses and organizations achieve their strategic goals with the help of integrated marketing communications tactics.
 Dr. Inman’s background in agriculture runs deep. She grew up on an Oklahoma centennial farm homesteaded by her great-grand-grandfather in the Cherokee Strip Land Run in 1893. She and her husband, Trent, have continued their agricultural involvement and live on a small farm near Mulhall, Oklahoma.
 Their sons, Fletcher and Dax, show livestock and are members of 4-H Cloverbuds. In addition to showing pigs, the Inman boys love Legos and have inherited “cool” traits like livestock savvy from their dad and “nerdy” traits like technology literacy from their mom.

Designing Landscapes (Using Mostly Natives) to Attract Birds and Pollinators… and Still Being Nice to Your Neighbors 
Connie Scothorn
Connie Scothorn has been a licensed landscape architect for over 30 years and is the founding principal of the Landscape Architecture firm, CLS & Associates, LLC.  She strongly believes in the importance of beautification and enjoyment of our outdoor spaces.  She is also an avid gardener, working in her yard since she bought her first tiny home in the 70’s and continuing to date, growing trees, flowers and vegetables.  In her life, she has progressively become more concerned about the natural environment.  Her book, Oklahoma Plants, a Guide to designing landscapes to attract birds & butterflies, was developed as a result of her gardening experiences.  She hopes to promote the use of native plants in the ornamental landscape in an effort to support pollinators while beautifying our world.  

Brian Patric
Brian Patric is a licensed Landscape Architect in Oklahoma and co-author of the book Oklahoma Native Plants: A guide to designing landscape to attract birds & butterflies.  Brian has spent the last decade learning the tricks of the trade at CLS & Associates. His work includes designing parks, playgrounds, streetscapes, trails, and commercial and residential buildings.  The most important aspect of Brian's work is designing with native plant materials in an attractive way amidst the extreme Oklahoma climate. "It's simple, we need to start designing our landscapes to respond to a climate with less water" - Brian Patric

The Local Government Landscape
Insight into working with local government to identify business opportunities, improve landscape decisions, and give back to your community.  

Ryan Ochsner
Experiencing that the physical environment in which a person lives has a direct impact on their well-being, Ryan was drawn to study Landscape Architecture at Oklahoma State University. After graduation, he worked at an environmental engineering company in Enid Oklahoma. Though not well suited for spending all day in the office, he enjoyed the technical aspects of land grading design and hydrologic studies. He further expanded his areas of experience through doing landscape design, landscape contracting, and land reclamation work. Since 2009 he has managed the City of Edmond’s urban forestry program. The department is responsible for the care of trees and landscapes in public places, administration of Edmond’s landscape code, and multiple outreach programs. Desiring to most effectively serve Oklahoma, Ryan obtained his Masters of Public Administration from the University of Central Oklahoma and continually seeks opportunities to contribute to public policy. Currently Ryan serves as Edmond’s Director of Community Image.         

Sterility, Energy Distribution and Color in the Landscape;
A Lesson in Fundamental Biology.


Carl Whitcomb
Dr. Carl Whitcomb grew up on rented farms in Southeast Kansas.
 BS Kansas State, MS and PhD at Iowa State - 1969.
Assistant professor  U. of Florida 1967 – 1972 and professor at Oklahoma State 1972-1985. President Lacebark Inc. 1986-present as Consultant, Author, Researcher.
Has written five books: including; Plant Production in Containers II and
Beyond Expectations – an Autobiography.
Published over 400 papers, hundreds of talks..
Dr. Whitcomb holds 42 US Patents along with 29 registered trademarks.
Some of his most notable inventions are:
Micromax® micronutrients – licensed to the Scotts Co. and sold globally.
RootMaker® air-root-pruning containers – licensed to RootMaker Products Co.
RootTrapper® root-tip-trapping containers – licensed to RootMaker Products Co.
Dynamite® and Red Rocket®  the first cherry red crapemyrtle
Double Dynamite®, Double feature® and Rhapsody in Pink® crapemyrtle, are sterile-continuous bloomers.
City Slicker® river birch with white bark.
Powder Keg® Caddo sugar maple.
Dr. Whitcomb has received numerous awards including the Henry Wallace Award for Significant Contributions to Agriculture, by Iowa State University

Internet Based Irrigation Controllers, Sensors and Certifications in the Irrigation Industry


Scot Latham
Graduate from KSU in Computer Technology, 1981
Graduate from UCO in Computer Science, 1993
Founding member of the Oklahoma Irrigation Association
3rd President of the Oklahoma Irrigation Association
Member, Louisiana Irrigation Association
Certified Irrigation Contractor, IA
Certified Irrigation Technician, IA
17 years in the green industry

"Water Conservation and Efficient Landscape Irrigation"
We will explore current landscape water conservation efforts and discuss the importance of increasing efficiency in our irrigation systems.


David Gerken
David Gerken’s career in the Turfgrass Industry has spanned over the past 30 years. He holds bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University in Vocational Education and a master’s degree from Oklahoma State University in Horticulture with an emphasis on Turfgrass Science.
Early in his career David worked in the golf course industry prior to accepting a faculty position at Oklahoma State University at Oklahoma City (OSU-OKC). For the next 20 years David taught turfgrass management, soils, irrigation design and installation as well as other horticulture classes.
In May 2019 he joined the turfgrass science group at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater as a Research Associate focused on bermudagrass cultivar development and water conservation.
David resides on a small farm outside of Cashion Oklahoma with his wife Cara and three daughters, Sydnee, Madelyn and Victoria

Pesticide Update


Charles Luper​​
Charles has worked for the Oklahoma State University Pesticide Safety Education Program for the past eighteen years doing pesticide applicator training, promoting the Unwanted Pesticide Disposal Program, pesticide container recycling program, Worker Protection Standar​d training, and Master Gardener training. Prior to working in Pesticide Education at OSU he worked for the OSU State Wheat Specialist for five years on wheat variety trials and other wheat research. Charles received a Bachelor’s Degree in Agronomy from Oklahoma State University in 1994. A native Oklahoman Charles grew up in Eakly on a peanut, cattle, and wheat farm in Caddo County.

Incorporating New and Old Products into an Integrated Weed Management Program 


Raymond Miller
Raymond Miller has a BS and MS in agronomy from Texas A&M university. He has worked in the ag chemical industry for 32 years with the last 23 in the turf and ornamental segment