Watch: Preparations Underway For Tulsa's 72nd Annual Garden Tour

Tulsans are getting ready to show off their backyard gardens.

Tuesday, May 16th 2023, 4:21 pm



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Tulsans are getting ready to show off their backyard gardens.

The Tulsa Garden Tour is continuing its decades-long tradition this weekend on Saturday, May 20. This tour is self-guided, so you start at one of the homes and venture to the other three to explore the gardens and learn some tips along the way.

Passport to Paradise is the theme of this year's event, the state's longest-running educational and charitable garden tour.

People in the Tulsa community open up their homes for tourists to see their gardens.

"We have all shapes, all sizes, all flavors. Each of our garden homeowners has brought their paradise into Tulsa so that we have our own paradises that we can actually see on Saturday,” said Brenda Haggard, Tulsa Garden Club member.

Haggard's been a member of the Tulsa Garden Club for 28 years.

She says the club started in 1929 when several women in Tulsa wanted to learn about what grows here - and help educate others on botany, horticulture, and landscape design.

"We've been doing tours since 1929, 1930, with our own homeowners, our gardeners themselves, and then in 1951, we really blew it apart and became the educational charitable garden tour in the state so that we could raise funds to create Tulsa Garden Center,” Haggard said.

Haggard says the club has expanded to support other local organizations, including 4-H, Up with Trees, and Global Gardens.

The tour is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. You can buy tickets online or at the first featured garden.

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