An Evening of Wine & Roses

The 18th annual event hosted by Tulsa Garden Center is scheduled for ­September 28, 2012 and will feature over 150 different wines and more than 35 local restaurants.

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: Recreation/Leisure | Issue: September 2012

An Evening of Wine & Roses committee members (L to R): Barbie Raney, Scott Davidson, George Harrington, Deb Kirkpatrick, Mary Lou Havener, Dixie Bohannon, Lynn Wheatley, Rebecca Fernandez, JoAnn White, David White and Tracy Winters-Stow.

An Evening of Wine & Roses committee members (L to R): Barbie Raney, Scott Davidson, George Harrington, Deb Kirkpatrick, Mary Lou Havener, Dixie Bohannon, Lynn Wheatley, Rebecca Fernandez, JoAnn White, David White and Tracy Winters-Stow.

Memorable wines, romantic moonlight and the heady ­fragrance of roses all combine to create a magical experience at Tulsa Garden Center’s 18th annual An Evening of Wine & Roses. This year’s event will be held September 28 from 7 to 9 p.m., in the Tulsa Municipal Rose Garden.

    An Evening of Wine & Roses is one of the region’s largest wine tasting events. Guests will enjoy over 150 ­different wines from around the world complemented by elegant hors d’oeuvres and desserts from more than 35 of Tulsa’s top restaurants and caterers. The combination of delectable food and exquisite wine enjoyed under the stars, while strolling through a garden full of ­gorgeous fragrant roses, makes this an enchanting autumn evening. Tickets for An Evening of Wine & Roses are $65 for Tulsa Garden Center members and $80 for non-members.

    Prior to the main event, a private Sponsor Tasting will be held in the Tulsa Garden Center Mansion from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sponsors will savor exceptional wines from premium vintners and delicious fare from Tulsa’s top chefs. Individual sponsor ­level tickets are $130 or 10 ­tickets for $1,100. A private table for 10 guests can be reserved for $1,600. The main event begins at 7 p.m. in the beautiful Municipal Rose Garden, which is included in the cost of the sponsor tickets. Please call the Tulsa Garden Center for additional ­information on sponsor ­opportunities and benefits.

    According to Barbie Raney, Tulsa Garden Center director, this is a wonderful social event where it’s difficult not to run into someone you know. “It’s a beautiful night in the garden under the stars where you taste delicious wine and food, interact with friends and strangers alike, and have a fantastic time!”

    The atmosphere will be highlighted with music ­sponsored by Mix 96. Each year, Moody’s Jewelry donates a piece of jewelry to the event. Guests may purchase a rose for $25 and will receive the chance to win a pair of diamond stud earrings. A fun new addition this year is a photo booth with a variety of props, so guests may take home a cute party favor. An Evening of Wine & Roses will culminate in a ­fireworks display at the close of the event.  

    Mike Blake, education and marketing manager for the Tulsa Garden Center, explains that this event is the economic engine that fuels the Tulsa Garden Center’s activities, including operation of the free Linnaeus Teaching Garden, which is run solely by volunteers; ongoing classes for adults and children; and the “Brown Bag” lecture series. The Tulsa Garden Center is able to offer these educational opportunities at little or no cost through fundraisers such as An Evening of Wine & Roses.

    Mike adds that An Evening of Wine & Roses is the perfect opportunity to learn about wine. “With so many types of wine available, you can’t find a better place to learn. The vintners are always happy to talk to guests and answer any questions they have.”

    Many volunteers and ­sponsors work hard to make this spectacular event a success each year. “TES is the lighting ­sponsor that creates stunning ambiance in the garden, and the City of Tulsa Parks Department does an incredible job of ­manicuring the garden to ­pristine condition,” says Mike. “We also greatly appreciate all of our volunteers and winery and restaurant participants.”    

    Reservations are required for this popular event, and space is limited. Reservation deadline is September 21, so call soon! Attendees must be 21 years or older. Proof of age is required. Proceeds from An Evening of Wine & Roses benefit Tulsa Garden Center. For reservations, call (918) 746-5125. For more information, visit

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Tulsa Garden Center

2435 S. Peoria
Tulsa, OK 74114
(918) 746-5125

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About Author Sheryl Sowell

Sheryl Sowell was born and raised in Tulsa, OK. She graduated from Will Rogers High School and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Northeastern State University in 2007. She has worked for Value News as editor, writer and advertising copywriter since 2008. She enjoys meeting and interviewing people for Value News articles, learning about their backgrounds, and helping to promote their businesses and local events. In her free time, she enjoys reading, trying new recipes and crafts from Pinterest, attending concerts and sporting events, and spending time with family and friends. Sheryl lives in Tulsa with her fiancé Paul, their daughter Scarlett, and their two dogs, Gunner and Boo.

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