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. As such, 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. She co-authored the book, Oklahoma Native Plants--A Guide to Designing Landscapes to Attract Birds & Butterflies, which 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 is a licensed Landscape Architect in Oklahoma and co-author of the book Oklahoma Native Plants. 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
About Oklahoma Native Plants--A Guide to Designing Landscapes to Attract Birds & Butterflies
Oklahoma contains ten distinct ecological regions and five planting zones, so it should come as no surprise that it is home to its own unique repertoire of native plants. In this long awaited Oklahoma-specific gardening book, Oklahoma landscape architects Connie Scothorn and Brian Patric offer a conversational look at how to choose, plant, and care for the native forbs and grasses that pollinators, such as bees, butterflies, and birds, so desperately need to thrive in the state. The book includes the latest planting zone map, a Q&A and glossary, common and scientific names, resources, and lots of color photography of the plants themselves.