Oklahoma Gardens: Oklahoma is a state in the South-Central region of the United States. There are several interesting points along Route 66 that are unique to that route. Call TravelKatz at 352-277-7300 if a Route 66 vacation is on your mind. Otherwise, come to Oklahoma to enjoy these beautiful gardens!
Myriad Botanical Gardens: These Gardens cover over 17-acres as a botanical garden and interactive urban park. The Garden is home to multiple tiers of densely landscaped areas that surround a sunken lake. Offering visitors a natural escape, the Gardens are free and open to the public. The spacious grounds feature seasonal activities and events such as spring bulb displays, concerts and movies, classes, annual children’s festivals and more. The Garden offers indoor and outdoor venue spaces for weddings, receptions, and other community events. Spaces include ornamental gardens, an outdoor ice rink in the winter, water features, off-leash dog park, classic carousel, and a children’s garden and playground with adaptive equipment. The Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory will be open in November which will be beautiful and worth the wait. You will find this special garden in the heart of Oklahoma City.
Honor Heights Park: In 1909, the City of Muskogee purchased the original 40 acres of Honor Heights Park for $4,500. Agency Hill was officially named Honor Heights Park in 1919 in honor of the soldiers of World War I. This Park is known for its azaleas and hosts the annual Azalea Festival each April. It features Symphony in the Park in June. It also includes the Conard Rose Garden, the Harrell Arboretum, Art Johnson Memorial Dogwood Collection, Elbert L. Little, Jr. Native Tree Collection, floral gardens, white garden, and the Memorial Amphitheater. It features three trails: the Henry Bresser Nature Trail, the Audubon Trail, and the half-mile Stem Beach Trail, as well as picnic areas, picnic shelters, a pavilion, a gift shop, gazebos, and public restrooms. The park is home to sports areas such as fishing in 5 lakes and ponds from the shore or fully accessible fishing docks, a playground and splash pad, open play areas, and three tennis courts. The Papilion Butterfly House is open daily Mother’s Day Weekend through the end of September. In November and December, the park becomes the Garden of Lights when the azaleas, with trees and other shrubbery, are covered with over 1.2 million shimmering lights. In addition to its gardens, the Five Civilized Tribes Museum within the park is dedicated to the art and history of the five different tribes in the area. The museum is housed in an 1875 Indian Agency building. This must-see park is in Muskogee.
Washington Irving Memorial Park and Arboretum: These 32 acres of public park and arboretum is located just north of the Arkansas River. The park is named in honor of American writer Washington Irving, who camped in the area in October 1832 while participating in a federal expedition to the American West led by Judge Henry L. Ellsworth of Connecticut. The expedition included a 31-day, 350-mile circular tour of central Oklahoma. Irving became interested in the country’s efforts for westward expansion and his experiences in Oklahoma included scouting for prairie hens, hunting wolves, and trading with members of the Osage Nation. He wrote of his experiences in Tour of the Prairies which was published in 1835 and was well received. The park contains a wooded walking trail, the Laci Dawn Griffin Hill butterfly garden, and memorial to the children of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building bombing and to the September 11, 2001, attacks. This historic Park is found in Bixby.
Cann Memorial Botanical Gardens: This Garden was donated to Ponca City by the Cann family with the stipulation that it would be maintained as a memorial garden for the residents of the city to enjoy. Workshops and seminars are held in the magnificent two-story prairie home. Renovations were completed in 1977, including 2,500 feet of brick walkways. Visitors may stroll under a wisteria arbor, past a gazebo, around a lily pond, and through beds of perennials, herbs, and annuals. More than 70 species of trees have been planted as well. The garden is open to visitors at no charge and found in Ponca City.
TravelKatz would love to plan a vacation to Oklahoma for you and your family. Call us at 352-277-7300 or visit online to www.travelkatz.com.