Garden party

The Tulsa Botanic Garden’s impressive Tandy Floral Terraces open to the public Oct. 3-4.



Greg Gray, Tulsa Botanic Garden board chairman; Barbara Sturdivant, “Reaching for Generations” campaign co-chairwoman; Pat Woodrum, the garden’s founder; and Burt B. Holmes, campaign co-chairman, are among the driving forces behind the botanic garden. Persimmon Ridge LLC, including majority owners Tom Atherton and Gentner Drummond (not pictured), donated 170 acres for the garden site in 2005.

Just as some plants take years to flower or produce fruit, the dream in 1999 of a botanic garden in Tulsa has slowly but steadily bloomed.

This month, the Tulsa Botanic Garden will unveil the A.R. and Marylouise Tandy Floral Terraces, the first phase of the garden’s “Reaching for Generations” campaign.

Named in recognition of a $3 million lead gift from the A.R. and Marylouise Tandy Foundation, the 3-plus-acre Tandy Floral Terraces display more than 7,500 plants, including trees, shrubs, ornamental grasses, roses and perennials on a hillside that offers views of downtown Tulsa from its peak. 

Plants were sourced from growers and nurseries in 30 states, including Oklahoma, and the terrace walls were constructed from sandstone dug on-site. 

Prominent features of the floral terraces include:

The Garden Cascade: A 6-foot-wide central water channel flowing from the top of the hillside into the property’s 7-acre lake. Seasonal flower beds totaling 5,700 square feet surround the cascade and will provide vivid swaths of color from spring bulbs, summer tropical plants or winter annuals.  

Tuteur Allées: Intimate areas on the terraces’ ground level are mirrored on the outer edges of a central lawn. Tuteurs, or obelisk-like garden structures, support a variety of ornamental vines. Crape myrtles enclose the area. 

The Rose Terrace: Flowering plants and several small trees casting dappled shade complement a combination of shrub, climbing and “Earth Kind” roses.

The Perennial Terrace: Featuring perennials planted in a color scheme made famous by Gertrude Jekyll, a British garden designer who created more than 400 gardens in the U.K., Europe and the U.S. in the mid- to late 1800s and early 1900s. Two open-air, covered pavilions mark the Perennial Terrace’s outer edge. Small streams flow to the lake. 

The Mediterranean Terrace: Home to plants adapted to drier climates, including the Mediterranean, areas of Oklahoma and Texas and the Southwest. 

The Square: The pinnacle of the Tandy Floral Terraces. Framed by blue Atlas cedars, a lawn overlooks the garden and provides views of downtown. 

 

Visitors can explore the garden on a wheelchair-accessible walk winding to the garden’s peak or through a central stairway along the Garden Cascade.

With a goal of $17.1 million, the “Reaching for Generations” campaign will fund construction of three more gardens from the Tulsa Botanic Garden master plan: the Children’s Discovery Garden (expected to open in May), the Lotus Pool and the Seasons Garden. Other elements include a multi-purpose building, an entry garden, a production greenhouse and infrastructure

The Tulsa Botanic Garden is located at 3900 Tulsa Botanic Drive, 8 miles northwest of downtown. Beginning Oct. 8, the garden will expand its operational hours to 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday-Sunday, and will charge admission: $5, age 13 and up; $2, children 3-12; free, members and children under 3. Call 918-289-0330 or visit www.tulsabotanic.org.

Drawing courtesy Tulsa Botanic Garden

 

Terrace talk

F. Todd Lasseigne, CEO and president of the Tulsa Botanic Garden, shares the vision behind the Tandy Floral Terraces. 

On the idea for a terraced garden: Our thought was, if we could build a terraced garden, we could create a lot of drama with those stone terrace walls. We could theme it depending upon what part of the garden you were in. If you were in the lower terraces, the theme might be plants that grow better near a body of water. If you’re all the way at the top, it might be plants that can better handle drier conditions. We looked at it from a horticultural standpoint of having a nice opportunity to showcase a wide diversity of plants in about a 3-acre footprint.

On the design of the Tandy Floral Terraces: We thought if we could give the garden some kind of signature by relating it to Tulsa, then it would speak locally and wouldn’t just be a garden you could see anywhere. ... We decided that if we could take some cues from Tulsa’s art deco history, we could infuse that into this garden and make it much more than just another terrace garden. 

The elements — the cast stone, the metal work like the railing and the two pavilions — are going to showcase some really cool art deco influences and patterns. We think we are going to add just the right touch to the garden so it isn’t too much, but it’s also significant enough that people will say, “Wow, this is really cool. It looks like nothing I’ve ever seen.”

What will surprise guests most about the terraces? The scale. I think they’re going to come and see this gigantic, beautiful garden, and it’s going to really knock their socks off. 

The next phase of development: Over the remaining fall and winter months, we will complete the Children’s Discovery Garden. It’s a garden that serves as a wonderland environment designed for kids to learn ... through play and doing things. We’ve created it through clever use of the land and an overlay of some really exciting artistic features.

 


October events at the Garden

Oct. 2-3 — Grand opening preview for Tulsa Botanic Garden members
10 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday; 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday.

Oct. 3-4 — Public grand opening
Noon-5 p.m., Saturday; 1 p.m., Saturday, ribbon cutting; 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday. Garden tours, music and activities. Free admission both days.

Oct. 8-Nov. 8 — Scarecrows in the Garden
10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday-Sunday. Enjoy scarecrows created by community groups, businesses, schools and scout groups along the planting beds of the lake trail. Free with garden admission.

Oct. 17 — Pumpkin Patch
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Kids can run through the hay maze, go on a scavenger hunt and participate in story time or craft activities. Adults can shop glass-blown pumpkins from Tulsa Glassblowing School and metal crafts from the Garden Deva. Free with garden admission.

 

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Nimrod International Journal of Prose and Poetry will host its annual Conference for Readers and Writers at The University of Tulsa on October 19th, 2019.   The Conference offers the...

Cost: $10-$70

Where:
TU's Allen Chapman Student Union
440 S. Gary Ave.
Tulsa, OK  74104
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Sponsor: Nimrod Journal
Telephone: 918-631-3080
Contact Name: Cassidy McCants
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Nimrod Journal will host its annual Conference for Readers and Writers on Saturday, October 19th, at The University of Tulsa. The conference will feature workshops on fiction, poetry,...

Cost: $10-70

Where:
Allen Chapman Student Union
440 S Gary Ave
Tulsa, OK  74104
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Sponsor: Nimrod
Telephone: 918-631-3080
Contact Name: Cassidy McCants
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Willkommen to four days of Oompah (or Bavaria or Oktoberfest) in Oklahoma  with nationally known German bands, authentic European foods, arts and  crafters MarktHaus, full carnival, and fun...

Cost: $10 at the gate or $7 in advance for adults. Children 12 and under are FREE.

Where:
River West Festival Park
2100 S. Jackson Ave.
Tulsa, OK  74107
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Sponsor: Resolute PR
Telephone: 903-292-7885
Contact Name: Zachary Johnston
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Hello, Friends!   Fall is in the air! We are excited to present the 5th Annual Hugo Pumpkin Festival, a fun-filled event featuring a variety of entertaining activities for the whole family....

Cost: $ 6 - $ 20

Where:
Endangered Ark Foundation
2657 E 2070 Rd
Hugo, OK  74743
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Sponsor: Endangered Ark Foundation
Telephone: 580-317-8470
Contact Name: Emily
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The Karbach Games and Competitions Arena becomes our own center of the universe Saturday at 2:00 PM for true fans of German bier. Why? Because it is ground zero for the Linde Oktoberfest Bavarian...

Cost: $40

Where:
River West Festival Park
2100 South Jackson Avenue
Tulsa, OK  74107
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Sponsor: River Parks
Contact Name: Ryan Howell

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America’s LARGEST interactive comedy murder mystery dinner show is now playing at the Hilton Garden Inn Tulsa Broken Arrow! At The Dinner Detective, you’ll tackle a challenging crime while you...

Cost: 59.95

Where:
Hilton Garden Inn Tulsa- Broken Arrow
420 W Albany St.
Broken Arrow, OK  74012
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Telephone: 866-496-0535
Contact Name: The Dinner Detective
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Go into the woods and experience the return of this fantastic family production with performances in both Tulsa and Broken Arrow. Tulsa Ballet's Hardesty Family Foundation Children's...

Cost: $15

Where:
Studio K (Tulsa) and Zarrow Studio (Broken Arrow(
1212 E 45th Place
Tulsa, OK  74105
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Sponsor: Tulsa Ballet
Telephone: 918-749-6006
Contact Name: Dan
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Abersons presents Pink Ribbon -- an exclusive, high-fashion fundraiser featuring a runway show by one of the world's hottest designers. Cocktails 6 p.m. | Dinner & Live Auction 7...

Cost: $1,250

Where:
Southern Hills Country Club
2636 E. 61st St.
Tulsa, OK  74136
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Sponsor: Abersons
Telephone: 918-834-7200
Contact Name: Scarlet Henley
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Folk Salad Radio Show celebrates its 20th anniversary with a potluck meal followed by a concert featuring Grammy-nominated singer songwriter John Fullbright and several other Tulsa musicians on...

Cost: $35

Where:
The Stone Church
4225 W. Fifth St.
Tulsa, OK
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Sponsor: Folk Salad Radio Show
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Join us for Nimrod Write Night, the opening event of our Nimrod Conference for Readers and Writers weekend, on Friday, October 18th, at the Tulsa Historical Society, 6:30 p.m. Write Night is...

Cost: free

Where:
Tulsa Historical Society
2445 S. Peoria Ave.
Tulsa, OK  74114
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Sponsor: Nimrod Journal
Telephone: 918-631-3080
Contact Name: Cassidy McCants
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Originally from West Africa, Kizomba is a partner dance that is a sexy addition to any Latin dance party. It is the fastest Latin growing dance in the U.S. Come and learn the basics plus a few more...

Cost: 109

Where:
THE DANCE PLACE
3310 WEST 42ND PLACE
TULSA, OK  74107
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Telephone: 918-813-6514
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Flashes of vivid colors, laughter, dancers whirling around keeping pace with the energetic music, more laughter……this is what you will experience at Guthrie Green this Saturday,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Guthrie Green
111 East M.B. Brady Street
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: SAPAF
Telephone: 918-665-6419
Contact Name: Mohan Kelkar
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Tulsa in Harmony is a congregation of community choirs, lending their voices in one accord. They sing of their hopes and their faith and aspirations of a more unified community and a more unified...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gathering Place
2650 S. John Williams Way E.
Tulsa, OK  74114
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Where:
ONEOK Field
201 N Elgin Ave
Tulsa, OK
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