History

Developing a Botanic Garden for Tulsa

The mission of the Tulsa Botanic Garden is to promote the beauty and importance of plants and nature to create a more sustainable and harmonious world.

  • 1999: Garden founders decided to plan and develop a botanic garden for the Tulsa area.

  • 2003: Pat Woodrum appointed Executive Director. 

  • 2004: Persimmon Ridge, LLC (Gentner Drummond and Tom Atherton, Principals) donated 170 acres of land for the Garden site.

  • 2006: The Oklahoma Centennial Commission awarded grants totaling $2.2 million to the Garden to begin construction on the site.

  • 2007: A Blessing of the Land ceremony conducted by the Assistant Principal Chief of the Osage Nation drew a crowd of 400.  A groundbreaking on the Centennial Phase of the Garden's development happened later in the year with city and state officials in attendance.

  • 2008: The Centennial Phase, consisting of the 7-acre lake, the 1,200 square-foot visitor center, and the 1.5-mile access road, was dedicated. 

  • 2009: Construction of the lake was completed. Garden opened to the public for the first time on Saturdays, April through October.

  • 2010: Garden received $1 million grant from the Economic Development Administration for water and sewer infrastructure.

  • 2011: Dr. F. Todd Lasseigne, nationally recognized horticulturist, hired as President & CEO of the Garden.

  • 2012: Garden completed master plan, with Studio Outside and 3 Fromme Design, for the development of 60 acres of gardens around the lake.

  • 2013: Over 1,200 plants are added in beds around the lake. Garden was renamed Tulsa Botanic Garden and unveiled new logo.