Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Tulsa Garden Center, Outside

The weather has been cold and bleak but the hardy pansies bloom right through the cold weather and provide a welcome splash of color. There is always something in bloom at the garden center.

The interiors of the mansion are very beautiful. I will share some photos from inside another time.

The greenhouse and sunken garden give the back garden a victorian look. Sometimes orchids are displayed inside.

Parking in in the rear which has become the main entrance.

I love the round room with windows on the south side.


The Italian style villa at 2435 South Peoria, was designed by Tulsa architect, Noble B. Flemming in 1920. It has twenty-one rooms and ten bathrooms. It was built by David R. Travis (originally known as David Rabinowitz) an immigrant originally from Czarist Russia. The ballroom in the lower level was the location of the first Jewish services during the Travis residence since there was no synagogue or temple in Tulsa.

Samuel Travis built the house immediately south, which is now owned by the Tulsa Historical Society. In 1923 J. Harthur Hull purchased the home and built the Lord Burnham greenhouse and sunken garden. During the Depression the house and 10 acres was offered for sale for $25,000 with no buyer coming forward for several years.

The Snedden family finally purchased the mansion and property in 1934 and lived there until 1950, when oil man W.G. Skelly purchased the home. Mr. Skelly sold it in 1954 for $85,000 including ten acres to the City of Tulsa. Since then, the Tulsa Garden Center has operated the city-owned facility providing educational resources and meeting places for horticultural and environmental organizations.

Woodward Park with its beautiful Azalea Gardens, the multilevel Municipal Rose Garden, and the Tulsa Garden Center are all located on this 10 acre plot.  This is a municipal treasure.


Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

I love garden centres but have to confess this is the daddy of them all. Looking at that building I could almost imagine it was in England.


josy said... [Reply to comment]

it's beautiful and with flowers similar to the spring and provides a taste of summer
The building is majestic
good day

Kristin Maun said... [Reply to comment]

I grew up in Tulsa, not far from the garden center. I loved that place. I actually had my high school senior pictures taken there.

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Nice pics,cheers

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

Tulsa is blessed to have such great public facilities. I would rather visit a mansion than live in one.