Oklahoma Centennial Botanical Garden/Research and Education Center
5323 West 31st Street North
Tulsa, OK 74127
The Garden will be on 215 acres of donated land seven miles northwest of downtown Tulsa. We will develop 60 acres and leave the remainder in its natural state of the Cross Tembers, a unique ecosystem of ancient forest and prairie.
We will have 15 theme gardens, 60 specialty gardens, a lake with two islands of Oriental Gardens, amphitheater, interfaith chapel, 3-story observation tower, visitor center, education building, conservatory and much more. Paths will wind through the forest and prairie so visitors can appreciate the trees, wildflowers, shrubs, and vines.
Two walking trails will be dedicated September 8, 2007, during a weekend centennial celebration. This will be the first opportunity for the public to be on the site of the future garden and to learn about the different gardens and progarams we will offer. There will be activites, events and demonstrations for all ages and segments of the community. Also that weekend children will sow wildflowers by tossing mud balls containing native seeds.
One of the larger areas will be a prairie of native wildflowers. A member of the Oklahoma Native Plant Society several years ago identified many of the plants. We will supplement existing wildflowers with native species.
Research began last fall when two botanists from the University of Oklahoma began collecting specimens of the estimated 400 plant species on the site. They are identifying and cataloging the speciments and will keep one of each species at OU and laminate and give another to the Garden.
We have nominated a striking 150-year old post oak for recognition as a Witness Tree by the state Tree Bank as part of Oklahoma's centennial celebration. A Witness Tree is one that has "witnessed" at least 100 years.
Our grove of about 100 persimmon trees has been designated by the Tree Bank as a Centennial Grove also commemorating the first 100 years of statehood.
We are dedicated to creating a world-class botanical garden and will develop it in phases as money becomes available.
CELEBRATE NATIONAL GARDEN WEEK
JUNE 5 - 11, 2011
The first full week in June, beginning on Sunday, is always proclaimed "National Garden Week" by National Garden Clubs, Inc. This is a special week designed to focus public attention on the programs, projects and activities promoted by garden clubs. All clubs are encouraged to plan special events during this week; flower shows; garden tours; lectures/programs; garden therapy; floral designs in public places, and what better time to plant a "Patriotic Tree" to honor a local hero.
Garden Clubs use this week as an opportunity to let others know what garden clubs are doing and to encourage them to join existing clubs or to become involved in establishing new clubs.
National Garden Week posters are available from Member Services or can be downloaded from the NGC web-site. Go to 'favorite links' for this site. Select: publications/free publications.
Full information about the Patriotic Tree National Project is on the website at events/national projects.