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Tulsa Botanic Garden

Tulsa Botanic Garden will celebrate the opening of their two acre Children’s Discovery Garden starting with their fourth annual DIG: Day In the Garden event on Saturday, May 14, 4-8 p.m. Tickets for this family-friendly event include dinner, drinks and activities, including a preview of the Children’s Discovery Garden. Tickets are available at TulsaBotanic.org.

On Sunday, May 15, Garden members will have exclusive access beginning at 10 a.m. and a ribbon cutting is scheduled at 3 p.m.  The garden will be open to the public from 3 to 7 p.m. and admission will be free.

Children’s Discovery Garden

The Children’s Discovery Garden will encompass almost two acres in a fantastical “wonderland” garden environment offering experience-based learning opportunities for children and families.

The focal point of the garden will be the Stream Valley, with the water source emanating from the Spring Giant, a 15’ rugged stone face entered through a hidden grotto.

The Stream Valley will include fountains of spitting animals, an art wall where kids can paint with water, and the Willow Coppice.

The Meadow will offer exploration of trails through tall grasses and flowering perennials as well as larger-than-life insect whirligigs hovering above.

A grove of post oaks, at the highest point of the Children’s Garden, will house the Tree Fort, offering a secret hiding place within the trunks as well as vantage points through windowed portals set among the tree limbs.

A Sensory Garden will invite all to experience plants through touch, smell, sound and sight.

Local artist Clayton Coss is creating one-of-a-kind ‘Oak Thrones’ – oversized, ornate wooden thrones for the Tree Fort, carved to represent the two predominate native oak species: blackjack oak and post oak.

Lisa Regan, also known as Garden Deva, is creating art pieces for the Children’s Discovery Garden entrance as well as the Sensory Garden area within the Discovery Garden.

Designers for the Children’s Discovery Garden include landscape architects 3.Fromme DESIGN (Sanford, FL) as well as Tulsa firm Howell & Vancuren.

The Vision

Working with landscape architects from Dallas, Sanford, FL., and Tulsa, Tulsa Botanic Garden unveiled an exciting master plan in December 2012, which lays out a vision for developing 60 acres of gardens over the next 25 years. This plan concentrates garden spaces around a seven-acre lake, fully utilizing the beautiful views across the lake by setting gardens around it on all sides. From the Amphitheater on the north side, to the Children’s Discovery Garden, A.R and Marylouise Tandy Floral Terraces, and Inspiration Gardens on the west, to a Chapel, tropical Conservatory, and Edible Gardens on the east, these gardens will highlight the worldwide importance of plants to human civilization. Contrasting with these gardens are the remaining 110 acres of natural beauty, to be experienced in the western reaches of the garden site.

A.R. & Marylouise Tandy Floral Terraces

The Tulsa Botanic Garden celebrated the opening of the A.R. and Marylouise Tandy Floral Terraces in 2015. The Floral Terraces sits on 3 acres and  displays over 8,000 permanent plants including trees, shrubs, ornamental grasses, roses and perennials set in terraced beds on a hillside which offers views of downtown Tulsa from its peak.

A prominent feature of the Floral Terraces is the Garden Cascade, a six-foot wide central water runnel emanating from the top of the hillside and flowing down into the lake. Over 100,000 bulbs have been planted for spring 2016 – making it one of the largest garden bulb displays in the region.

Visitors can explore the garden’s four terraces – Lawn, Rose, Perennial and Mediterranean – on a serpentine, ADA accessible walk winding to the Garden’s peak or through a central stairway along the Garden Cascade.

Art Deco details throughout the garden reflect Tulsa’s rich architectural history.

The A.R. and Marylouise Tandy Floral Terraces is named in recognition of the A.R. and Marylouise Tandy Foundation, which provided the lead gift for its construction.

General admission is $8 and $4 for children 3 to 12. Memberships for the Tulsa Botanic Garden start at $50 for an individual and $75 for a family. For more information on memberships or the Tulsa Botanic Garden, visit tulsabotanic.org or call 918.289.0330.