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 www.kimtoscano.com.

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    Southern Plains Regional Reports

    Amending Clay Soil in the Southern Plains

    While soils vary considerably across the Southern Plains, many gardeners are faced with the challenge of growing plants in heavy clay soil. This may be due to the natural composition…

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    Beat the Heat with Shade-Tolerant Herbs and Veggies in the Southern Plains

    Growing cool-season crops in the Southern Plains can be tricky. Spring plantings often bolt (go to flower) from the heat before crops mature, while fall plantings are difficult to establish…

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    4 Outstanding Spring Plants for the Southern Plains

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    Regional Picks: Tough Plants—Southern Plains

    See regional picks for tough pretty plants, and read the article by Julie Lane Gray for even more ideas. It’s important to define first what I mean by a “tough”…

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    Regional Picks: Variegated Plants for Shade—Southern Plains

    See regional picks for variegated plants for shade, and read the article by Andy Brand for even more ideas. "While the cool, shady areas have provided me with the opportunity…

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    Regional Picks: Showy Shrubs – Southern Plains

    See regional picks for showy shrubs, and read the article by Paul Cappiello for even more ideas. “Show-stopping shrubs—you know the kind. You’re leading a group of friends around the…

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    Regional Picks: Short Plants – Southern Plains

    See regional picks for short plants, and read the article by Steve Aitken for even more ideas. “As I began amassing countless short varieties, only some of which worked in…

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    Regional Picks: Plant It And Forget It – Southern Plains

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    Conifers for Gardens in the Southern Plains

    See regional picks for conifers, and read the article by Andrew Brand for even more ideas. “Evergreen conifers provide the bones for any landscape. They offer a variety of colors,…

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    Regional Picks: Grass Companions – Southern Plains

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