Fans of the popular television program Oklahoma Gardening now have access to video segments, recipes and other gardening-related information on the show’s new smart-phone friendly website.
Produced by Oklahoma State University's Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the 30-minute weekly Oklahoma Gardening show features timely, highly visual stories that provide gardening enthusiasts with information ranging from raised-bed gardening and landscape design, to environmental stewardship and ways to attract butterflies to the garden. The show airs statewide on OETA channels at 11 a.m. on Saturdays and at 3:30 p.m. on Sundays.
The show’s improved website, oklahomagardening.okstate.edu, eliminates the need for ‘finger zooming’—touching the screen of a smart phone using a pinching motion to enlarge information to make it legible.
“We created the mobile site with our viewers in mind, who are often on the go or in the field,” said Oklahoma Gardening host Kim Toscano. “Anyone who has browsed the web on their phone knows it can be frustrating at times. But the new website format makes it much easier to access information.”
Video segments from the show are posted on the Oklahoma Gardening website each week. When viewing the website on either a desktop computer or mobile device, users can easily locate video segments according to the date they were aired or by category. The site also is searchable.
Viewers of the show are familiar with Barbara Brown, OSU Cooperative Extension food specialist. Brown appears often on the program in segments featuring tasty recipes using produce from the garden. Those videos, along with the recipes, are now available online.
The mobile-friendly website format was created by Phillip Williams, computer programmer and web designer for DASNR Technology Support Services, and Margi Stone Cooper, communications specialist for web content for Agricultural Communications Services.
OSU student Bo Girod converted Oklahoma Gardening video segments from the last several years to make them web accessible. Donna Dollins, graphic designer and webmaster for the department of horticulture and landscape architecture, also assisted with the migration to the new website. Students Garrett Thornhill and Paige Christy help with weekly updates.
“Oklahoma Gardening’s new website is the result of many months of work,” Cooper said. “There was a lot of discussion and trial and error. This project required a large team effort, and I think fans of the show will really like the results.”