Architects Making Progress On Tulsa Botanic Garden

Thursday, June 11th 2015, 6:29 pm
By: News On 6

The Tulsa Botanic Garden is undergoing a multi-million dollar expansion.

President and CEO of the Botanic, Todd Lasseigne said the first two gardens should be ready for the public within a year.

That sounds like a long time, but when you consider most of what we have known about the Botanic Garden for the last decade was contained on conceptual drawings, it's no time at all.

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"I think it may be one of the largest gardens under construction in the country now, it seems to be a lot larger in person now," said Tary Arterburn.

Thursday, most of the architects were busy working on the project, and they've been busy.

There's a seven-acre lake that's 80-feet deep at the far end. What the huge project will be is the $3.1 million AR and Marylouise Tandy Floral Terraces.

The Centerpiece of the garden is a concrete and stone waterfall.

"The water will cascade into these pools," Lasseigne said.

And eventually flow back into the lake.

There's still a lot for everyone to finish, but it's no longer just a concept anymore.

The floral terraces should open this fall and the Children's Discovery Garden, next spring.