Kimberly Toscano

Kimberly Toscano

Kimberly Toscano is a freelance writer and horticulturalist with an eye on design. Formally trained in horticulture, environmental science, and entomology, she is interested in all things edible as well as garden design and landscaping for wildlife. Kim takes a holistic approach to gardening and landscaping, working in harmony with the natural environment. This includes organic and sustainable gardening practices, careful management of water, and enhancing biodiversity in the landscape.

Before establishing a career in freelance writing, Kim served as writer and host for Oklahoma Gardening, a weekly PBS television program produced by the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service. In this role, she shared her expertise through more than 1,000 video segments covering all aspects of gardening, environmental stewardship, and sustainable living. To support her programming, Kim designed over a dozen gardens that were installed at The Botanic Garden at Oklahoma State University, including a formal terrace, an organic vegetable garden, and themed ornamental plantings. Learn more about Kim’s work at

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    Southwest Regional Reports

    The Best Annuals for Southwestern Gardens

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    An All-Year Plan for Fragrance in Southwestern Gardens

    I grew up in the north, where my mother’s garden teemed with the intoxicating aromas of lilacs, sweet peas, and lily of the valley. When I moved to Oklahoma, I…

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    Evergreen Ground Covers for the Southwest

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    Spring-Blooming Bulbs for Challenging Soils and Dry Climates

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    Great Native Vines to Replace Invasive Species

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  • Claire Grace Wild Bee Balm
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    Peak-Season Perennials for the Southern Plains

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    Planning a Firewise Landscape

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    Growing Blackberries in Southern Gardens

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    How to Protect Broadleaf Evergreens from Winter Damage

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    Hardy Shrubs With Showy Berries

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