Published on: November 21, 2023

Construction on the next garden project – the Jim and Cherry Bost Arboretum started in January. The Jim and Cherry Bost Arboretum will encompass approximately two acres and include a mix of over 100 trees as well as shrubs, pathways, an entry donor plaza and meandering walkways leading to a pavilion with an adjacent water curtain fountain.

The Arboretum will be located in areas between the Garden’s Visitor Center and Children’s Discovery Garden with paths winding across a small stream and up a hillside near the A.R. and Marylouise Tandy Floral Terraces.

An entry donor plaza will mark the mid-point of the Arboretum with a 24ft. diameter circular concrete plaza with seating areas, donor recognition stones and pathways radiating out to explore different areas of the Arboretum. Leading up the hillside, a switchback, accessible pathway will follow a shallow stream to a small pond. Nearby steps will lead up to a 20ft. by 20ft. pavilion with views overlooking the Garden. Adjacent to the pavilion a fountain featuring an 8ft. wide water curtain dropping into a stone basin will add soothing sounds for guests enjoying the view.

Plantings in the Arboretum have been designed to provide year-round dramatic seasonal color and habitat for birds. Native trees as well as trees from other countries with similar ecologies will be displayed including oak, ginkgo, redbud, willow, sassafras and dogwood. Understory shrubs will include witch hazel, hydrangeas, azaleas, and beautyberry. Along the hillside leading to the pavilion 30,000 daffodils will be planted for early spring blooms.

Construction started in January and estimated completion is fall of 2024. Cherry Bost gave the lead gift for the Arboretum in memory of her late husband, Jim Bost. Other donors include: Midwestern Manufacturing, Susie Hentschel, Lee and Pam Eslicker, Janice and Bill Chevaillier, John and Ludi Beasley, David and Tracey Eastin, Ken and Amanda Lawrence, Jeff and Connie Cope, Liz Hagans, Bryan Close, Sharon Bell and Greg Gray, and Tom and Joanie Atkinson. Donors who wish to contribute to the project including sponsoring a tree can find out more by contacting Nancy Moore, Director of Development at the Garden.

The Jim and  Cherry Bost Arboretum was designed by Wallace Design Collective (Tulsa) with consultation from 3.Fromme Design (Sanford, FL). JonesPlan, LLC (Tulsa) is the general contractor on the project.

Be a part of our newest addition, the Bost Arboretum, by sponsoring a tree for a donation of $1,000.

Your tax-deductible contribution will be recognized on a sign with other tree sponsors in the Arboretum.

To sponsor a tree or make a contribution, please contact Nancy Moore, Director of Development at 918-289-0330 or via email

Not able to sponsor a tree? Donations of any amount are appreciated and will help provide for this important addition to the Botanic Garden.