Near the Philbrook Museum of Art, this popular free Tulsa park includes lots of grassy open space, a small Victorian conservatory, the Linnaeus Teaching Gardens, an arboretum and an azalea garden with more than 15,000 blooms. When we visited in early May, the azaleas were just peaking for a lovely scene. The park doesn't get terribly busy on weekdays; it feels like a place favored more by locals than visitors. It's nice, but don’t expect gardens on the grand scale of those in St. Louis or Madison, Wisconsin.
The Tulsa Municipal Rose Garden, built by hand with teams of horses as a WPA project in the 1930s, garnered the Tulsa Garden Club a More Beautiful America Achievement Award from Better Homes and Gardens in 1937. These days, about 5,000 rose plants of 250 species flourish along five stunning terraces.
A small herb garden and several rock gardens, the earliest dating back to 1930, round out the park. Trees provide plenty of shade on hot days. Visitors are welcome to roam the Tulsa Garden Club mansion, an Italian Renaissance building constructed in 1919 that can be rented for special events.