Wine and Roses Fall Garden Center Benefit

ROSE GARDEN EVENT: Amid beautiful floral designs, guests at this year’s “An Evening of Wine and Roses??? enjoyed wines from around the world and food from Tulsa’s finest restaurants. Shown enjoying the evening are, left to right, Dixie Bohannon, B & B Liquor Warehouse, Julie Skye, Wine & Roses committee chair, Bonnie Hammond, executive director of the Garden Center and Pat Woodrum, president of the Garden Center.

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Wine, roses, food and friendship were on the menu at this year’s “An Evening of Wine & Roses” benefiting the Tulsa Garden Center. Always a Tulsa favorite, guests sampled wines from around the world, food from a large variety of Tulsa restaurants and enjoyed floral designs created by area florists.

Prior to the garden tasting, sponsors had the opportunity to experience a special art exhibit by the Oklahoma Society of Impressionists (OSI). Paintings from the exhibit were sold during a silent auction. Among the artists participating were Claudia Kates Doyle, Jody Ellison, Jay O’Meilia, Carla Perry, Herb Robb and other OSI members.

Tulsa Garden Center, located in historic Woodward Park, provides a variety of horticultural and environmental education opportunities for the community and serves as horticultural headquarters for the Tulsa area. A primary goal of the Center is to promote learning about plants through educational and recreational programs, while preserving the heritage of its historic building.

The Center is open to the public with no admission cost on weekdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors may enjoy the collection of photographs displayed throughout the facility which depict the home as it was during the Travis, Hull, and Snedden days. Many of the rooms still retain the craftsmanship and charm of the original home. The extensive woodcarvings, the flamboyant gold leaf ceilings and the dramatic marble floors are just a few of the original or near original elements preserved.

Tulsa Garden Center is proud to have one of the finest horticultural libraries in this part of the country. With over 5,000 volumes on horticulture, botany, landscaping and related subjects, the library is a resource for gardeners and students of horticulture. Tulsa Garden Center members enjoy library book checkout privileges, while the general public is invited to use the library as an onsite resource center. The Library is located on the second floor and has elevator access.

In the estate’s former garage, Garden Ding-Bats, a unique home and garden gift shop, offers an eclectic collection and whimsical finds.

Updated 10-25-2005

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