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September 2014: Tulsa World People & Places
Lori Hutson, Communications and Programs Director
Office: 918-289-0330 or firstname.lastname@example.org
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Tulsa Botanic Garden opens for season in April
Tulsa Botanic Garden, which is developing just 8 miles northwest of downtown Tulsa, will open for the 2014 season on Saturday, April 5 with a day celebrating the importance of trees. Members of the Up With Trees organization will be at the Garden with free tree seedlings as well as planting and tree care information. Visitors can stroll the Garden’s Lake trail for a self-guided tree walk and kids can make leaf rubbings, count tree rings and enjoy other tree-related activities throughout the day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Garden will be open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m through the end of October, and will offer various programs each Saturday such as gardening talks, plant walks, and drop-in activities for families. Suggested donation for admission is $2 for adults and 50¢ for children 12 and under. Admission is free for Garden members.
Located on a 170-acre site, the Garden currently includes a visitor center, a 7-acre lake with a three-quarter mile trail that includes some of the Garden’s first plantings. In 2013, garden staff and volunteers planted approximately 1,200 perennials, tropicals, roses and shrubs to display beds surrounding the lake. This January, they added 7,000 bulbs. Garden CEO Dr. Todd Lasseigne expects to add even more plants this spring.
“With infrastructure projects nearly completed, we will soon have water more accessible on the site, allowing us to add to our planting beds around the Lake trail. Our visitors last year enjoyed strolling the path and seeing the ever-changing palette of plants as well as the progress being made in our overall development.”
As the Garden develops, so does the work load. The Garden is seeking volunteers to help with upcoming planting projects, greet visitors on Saturday open days and to help with events, including their upcoming DIG: Day In the Garden, a family-friendly picnic that benefits a future Children’s Discovery Garden. Informational sessions for those interested in learning about opportunities to volunteer at the Tulsa Botanic Garden will be held in the visitor center on Thursday, April 24 from 10-11:30 a.m. and repeated on Saturday, April 26 from 1- 2 p.m. Registration is requested by calling Lori Hutson at 918-289-0330 or emailing email@example.com
Other activities in April include:
Saturday, April 12: Plant Survivors: A Walk and Talk
Join Garden CEO Dr. Todd Lasseigne for a walk and talk to look at what plants are faring best in our Oklahoma weather. Learn tips on protecting your plants from the harshest weather conditions. Meet at the Garden visitor center.
Saturday, April 19: Kites at the Garden with Tulsa Wind Riders Kite Club
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Bring the family to enjoy a spring day at the Garden! Members of the Tulsa Wind Riders Kite Club will be at the Garden from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. flying their amazing kites. Kids can decorate and make their own kite from kits provided by the Wind Riders Club ($3 donation for kit).
Saturday, April 26: Gardening Strategies to Attract Butterflies
Master Gardener Jim Thayer will share tips on what plants and garden features will help attract butterflies to your landscape. Jim will also identify the species of butterflies that you’ll be most likely to see. Attendees will be entered in a drawing for door prizes.
The Garden is located 8 miles northwest of downtown Tulsa 1.5 miles west of the intersection of W. 43rd St. N and N. 52nd W. Ave. Directions and a map to the Garden can be found at www.tulsabotanic.org or by calling 918-289-0330.
Jan. 16, 2014:
Events at the Garden
Saturday, October 5
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Signs of Fall Scavenger Hunt
Pick up a scavenger hunt kit in the visitor to take on your walk to see how many signs of fall you can find!
Saturday, October 12
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Family Day: Make a Birdfeeder
Bring the family and learn the calls of birds of our area, find out what plants provide food or shelter and make a bird feeder to take home.
Saturday, October 19
10 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Trees and Shrubs: A Walk and Talk
Fall is a great time for planting trees and shrubs. Join Garden CEO Todd Lasseigne for a walk and talk on trees and shrubs to consider adding to your home landscape.
Saturday, October 26
9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Family Day: Fall Leaves
Explore the trails to look for leaves with fall color and to get inspiration for leaf printing and other crafts inside the visitor center.
Tulsa Botanic Garden, which is taking root on 170-acres northwest of downtown Tulsa, is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays April through October. Suggested donation for admission: Adults: $2; Children: 50 cents. Members: Free.
Visitors can pick up a map at the visitor center to explore the site which includes the seven-acre Lake, a three-quarter mile lake trail that includes the Garden’s first plantings of 300 ornamental and shade trees and a 1 ½ mile nature trail which winds through prairie and Cross Timbers forest. The Garden is located 8 miles northwest of downtown Tulsa 1.5 miles west of the intersection of W. 43rd St. N and N. 52nd W. Ave. For more information, call 918-289-0330
July 2013: KTUL - Area Botanical Garden Still In-The-Making - KTUL.com