Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Groups Propose Educational Research Garden

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Groups Propose Educational Research Garden

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TULSA (AP) -- A botanical garden that would bring more than 250,000 visitors to Tulsa while serving primarily as a research center is being considered by Oklahoma State University's Agriculture Experiment Station and the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension.

"We are proposing an educational research garden that would be available to the public and which would allow us to expand our Master Gardener program," said Barry Fugatt, Oklahoma Cooperative Extension director. "We envision the garden and arboretum adding enormous beauty to Tulsa. It will be a new destination point easily attracting thousands of visitors annually."

Fugatt said an advisory committee will help develop a feasibility study that would detail the size, cost and location of the "Tulsa botanical garden." The garden would cover several hundred acres. Fugatt said the committee wants to bring in a nationally recognized planning firm for the project.

No decision has been made on a possible site although some thought has been given to a plot of land just east of the OSU-Tulsa campus.

"We want to wait until the feasibility study is complete before we can commit to a given location," said OSU President James Halligan said. "We don't want to get locked into a site that would not allow the garden to grow or fulfill its purpose.

"We're talking about something here that must be situated in just the right place to allow it to grow and fulfill its full potential over the next 100 years. …

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