By: Christy Stephens | Category: Recreation/Leisure | Issue: August 2022
Wine & Roses at Woodward Park
Who doesn’t love the beauty of a rose or strolling through beautiful gardens under the stars? Add amazing foods from some of Tulsa’s most famous food purveyors and spectacular drinks and you have an evening of beauty and luxury. It’s that time of year again — Woodward Park’s only fundraising event, Wine & Roses, takes place on Friday evening, September 30th, and promises to be an evening of beauty, luscious libations, and delectable delights. Dress in your best garden cocktail attire because this event ushers in the cooler temperatures of fall that you won’t want to miss. Your ticket includes all you can eat and drink throughout the evening. You will find it to be romantic, fun and filled with natural elegance. “The opportunity for guests to discover fresh cuisine, lavish wines, local beers, and imaginative cocktails while celebrating the crown jewel of Tulsa parks is a one-of-a-kind experience,” describes Whitney Mathews, Tulsa Garden Center’s Director of Development. “Beneath the beautiful canopy of the Arboretum at Woodward Park, guests mingle and unwind in idyllic open-air lounges throughout the cool glen. Take an intimate stroll along the path or enjoy music under the stars. It’s a perfect night to eat, drink, and enjoy — all while supporting the restoration and beautification of Woodward Park!” “Every year, the Tulsa Garden Center contributes tens of thousands of dollars in restoration and maintenance throughout Woodward Park,” says Mathews. “Just in the last few months, park visitors might have noticed repairs to the sunken garden, bright colorful plant additions to the Rose Garden, and long overdue maintenance and care to the trees in the Arboretum.
Additionally, more than 3,000 students have experienced sneaky science learning this year via the Outdoor Classroom at Woodward Park. These programs and improvements are made possible through the generous support of Wine & Roses,” she said. Many contributors, professionals, and donors gather to ensure the success of Wine & Roses. “We are so grateful to be working again with the experts from Tulsa Hills Wine Cellar to curate botanically inspired wine, beer, and cocktail tastings from across the country. Local fine dining restaurants and caterers will be offering samples of specifically chosen appetizers and savory bites to compliment the drinks,” she expressed. In case you miss the event, but still want to support Woodward Park, there are many ways in which you can contribute. “Most importantly, we want people to know this is a park for everyone. Bring your friends and family to come enjoy this beautiful public green space,” enthuses Mathews. “A full calendar of events happening within the park is listed at TulsaGardenCenter.org. We partner with 19 affiliate plant societies and clubs to offer collaborative learning opportunities on a huge variety of horticultural topics: growing cacti from grafts, fungi foraging, composting, non-traditional house plant substrates, hybridizing iris, and native pollinators just to name a few! The Teaching Garden at Woodward Park is a collection of demonstration gardens where the public can come in learn, ask questions, and see successful options for their home gardens. We also have a formal horticultural education program each fall, in which volunteers receive 60 hours of training on aspects of gardening and botany.” The Wine & Roses garden gala will take place in the Arboretum at Woodward Park, located at 2435 S. Peoria Avenue, Tulsa, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.tulsagardencenter.org/wine-and-roses, or call 918-576-5155.
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