Springtime in Oklahoma is one of my favorite seasons (minus the tornadoes). The weather is beautiful, the flowers are blooming and the mosquitoes haven’t quite yet made their debut. Gardens are the perfect place to go when you’re looking for picturesque beauty. From the smell of fresh flowers to the bold colors of nature, gardens offer a sense of serenity you can’t find anywhere else. While some of these might not be so hidden, these 8 gardens are worth visiting this spring.
1. Tulsa Botanic Garden, Tulsa
Tucked away on the outskirts of Tulsa, the Tulsa Botanic Gardens isn't a garden you'll bump into while running around town. Head eight miles northwest of downtown Tulsa to the 170-acre botanic garden currently under development. The garden is celebrating spring with over 100,000 bulbs blooming into beautiful flowers. The walk around the grounds is easy, relaxing and a must-visit.
2. Colonial Garden at Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa
Gilcrease Museum is famous for its art collection, but the gardens on the grounds are quite impressive and worth a visit. Themed gardens encompass 23 of the 460-acres owned by the museum. Many of the gardens reflect an American West gardening technique and style. The gardens are maintained by the University of Tulsa.
3. The Will Rogers Gardens, Oklahoma City
As one of Oklahoma City's best kept secrets, the gardens at Will Rogers Park consists of thousands of azaleas, irises, roses, and many more flowers and plants. The park consists of the Ed Lycan Conservatory, the Charles E. Sparks Rose Garden, The Margaret Annis Boys Arboretum and the Will Rogers Garden Exhibition Center. From cacti to roses to gardening classes, Will Rogers Gardens has it all.
4. Lendonwood Gardens, Grove
Most people go to Grove to spend their time at Grand Lake, not knowing the beautiful Lendonwood Gardens are right around the corner. Lendonwood is an eight-acre Botanical Garden with over 1,200 different types of plants. During spring you can view the stunning azaleas, peonies, rhododendrons and much more.
5. The Gardens at Honor Heights Park, Muskogee
The famous Azalea Festival is held at Honor Heights Park in Muskogee every year in the spring. The 122-acre park is a botanical garden and arboretum located in Muskogee. Not only are the azaleas spectacular, but the roses in the Conard Rose Garden are amazing as well.
6. The Gardens at Philbrook Museum, Tulsa
Beyond the exquisite art that lies within the Philbrook Museum are the meticulously manicured gardens that complement the Italian essence of the museum. Many native Oklahoma plants have been added to the gardens and visitors can find many meditative spots to enjoy the serenity of the outdoors. The gardens have many pathways and bridges that are easily accessible for all visitors.
7. The Formal Garden and The Botanic Garden at Oklahoma State University, Stillwater
It's no secret that the campus of Oklahoma State University is a beautiful campus. The Formal Gardens are widely visible and change themes throughout the year. The Botanic Garden is an extensive
8. Tulsa Garden Center, Tulsa
Another beautiful garden in Tulsa is the Tulsa Garden Center located in historic Woodward Park. From sprawling pathways to rose gardens and azaleas, the Tulsa Garden Center is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered in urban Tulsa.