No matter where we are at Karen and I are always on the lookout for places to see that are free to the public. In this day and age and with a lot of uncertainty with the economy Karen and I are trying to save every penny that we can for those rainy days that might be just around the corner. So with that being said we decided to check out Will Rogers Garden in Oklahoma City. It turned out to be a wonderful chance for us to get out and stretch our legs and for M to enjoy a nap in her Baby Bjorn.
The middle of the country has been having such a dry hot summer for the last two years, it makes visiting an outdoor garden not as beautiful an experience as it could be in the spring. Despite the lack of rain and high temperatures this park was in better shape than I expected, which just goes to show all the hard work the people who work at this particular garden have put in to the place to maintain a beautiful garden in these harsh conditions.
Will Rogers Garden is a 30 acre park that features the Charles E. Sparks Rose Garden, an arboretum, large display beds of daylilies, iris, azaleas, and a large collection of cacti and succulents. All-in-all it was just a nice area to take a walk and look at some of the beautiful scenery that Oklahoma City has to offer. There is a small pond area with a fountain, two bridges that allow you to walk over the water features, an artificial waterfall, and several shady areas in the arboretum.
If you are able to see the park in all of its glory you will see more than 85 different varieties of roses and more than 800 individual rose bushes along with hundreds of other flowers and plants. So, if you are lover of roses then this park will have you covered. While walking around Karen and I noticed several people taking pictures of the variety of flowers and plants and still more using the area as a photo shoot for family portraits or wedding pictures.
Unfortunately at this visit Karen and I were not able to see the Ed Lycan Conservatory which houses the largest cacti and succulent collection in Oklahoma. It is currently under renovation, but we still enjoyed our time here. Hopefully, if we ever go back the conservatory will be open and the plains will have a lot more rain so we can see the Will Rogers Garden the way that it is meant to be seen.
Will Rogers Gardens is located at 3400 NW 36th street in Oklahoma City
Hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. April through September and 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. October through March
There is no cost to enter as of this posting.
for more information about Will Rogers Gardens visit http://www.okc.gov/parks/will_rogers/
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