Visit The Botanic Garden at OSU this Winter

Home Grown  by Keith Reed
The Botanic Garden at OSU is no secret to most of the readers in this column. However, just in case you might be new to the area or simply haven’t been to the garden yet, here are a few highlights of one of Payne County’s best features. In addition to being the home of the award winning OETA show Oklahoma Gardening, it’s also a unique public garden, being free and open to the public year around.

While the
Botanic Garden hosts a variety of landscape and garden-themed activities throughout the year, including Garden Fest and this office’s own Payne County Master Gardeners Tuesday Gardening Series, it is also a great place to experience even when there are no special events happening.

As a matter of fact, some would argue the quietness of the garden during “down times” is one of its best features. It is a marvelous place to explore and observe the outdoors while allowing yourself to be recharged in a way that only being in the beauty of the outdoors can do. Over the last few years, the Botanic Garden has continued to add a variety of amenities and features that appeal to a diverse audience. No matter if you passion is discovering new plants, watching/listening to birds, taking photographs, walking or jogging in a unique setting, or simply soaking up the sun, the garden has a spot for you.

Some of the new amenities aren’t exactly natural, but they are still fun and add value to the place. A great example is the new railway garden, a place where train fans and gardeners can come together and enjoy a common interest. A date hasn’t been set yet, but keep your eye on the Botanic Garden’s social media pages or website for a formal opportunity to check out the train garden all decked out in its holiday attire sometime very soon.

There are two ways to access the Botanic Garden. If you enjoy a bit of a walk, about a quarter mile, use the parking area off of Highway 51 at 3300 W. 6th. This lot is open 24/7. If you need vehicle access, use the north entrance at 3425 W. Virginia. Please note the north entrance is only open 8-5 Monday thru Friday unless there is a special event taking place in the garden.

We would be remiss when talking about the garden if we did not mention the crucial role volunteers play in making the garden what it has become. The garden simply could not exist in its current form without the passion and commitment of this group of people. When you see people out working in the garden, please remember to thank them for their service. Even if they happen to be someone who’s getting paid for their efforts, they will still appreciate it!

For more information on this or any other horticultural topic, you can contact Keith Reed, the Horticulturist in the Payne County Extension office. Keith can be reached via email at
keith.reed@okstate.edu, phone at 405-747-8320, or in person at the Payne County Extension office, located at 315 W. 6th in Stillwater.

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