Tulsa Botanic Garden
by Roger Due [10-8-2022].
I enjoyed about 4 hours exploring the Tulsa Botanic Garden on Saturday afternoon & even got to watch a beautiful wedding ceremony at 5pm. Before the wedding began, I chatted with the grandmother & father of the groom and they didn't see why I couldn't watch from the back. You can see some wedding photos & a video at the end of this post.
The Tulsa Botanic Garden is an all-season oasis blooming just 8 miles northwest of downtown Tulsa. The A.R. and Marylouise Tandy Floral Terraces is a 3-acre ornamental garden showcasing over 350 plant varieties, beautiful art deco designs and water features, and one of the region’s largest spring flower displays with over 100,000 bulbs. The Children’s Discovery Garden is a wonderland of interactive fun for all ages including the iconic Spring Giant, a 15 ft. tall carved face, spitting animal fountains, carnivorous plants, Sensory Walk, and the Tree Fort. The Lakeside Promenade gracefully encompasses a seven-acre lake, and the Cross Timbers Trail provides a 1.5 mile hike through native forest and prairie.
Taking inspiration from Italian Renaissance hillside gardens, the Floral Terraces incorporates three linear water runnels travelling downhill through the center of the site, with water alternately pouring energetically into basins and sliding quietly across weirs and water veils. This element of play is present in every aspect of the site, from the unique planting design to the art deco flair present in many architectural elements. The wide variety of ornamental and flowering plants mimic the fountain, cascading over the terraces in a radial pattern, providing a full gallery of colors and textures to visitors walking along the path. The Floral Terraces will be a place of rest, cooling breezes, and water, and a place for plant lovers to explore to their hearts’ content.