Will Rogers Gardens
Parks & Recreation

Will Rogers sculptureTake off your hat and set a spell in the Will Rogers Horticulture Gardens, one of the City's most beautiful best kept secrets. This historic land space in the northwest quadrant of the city offers visitors an opportunity to enjoy one of the most enchanting parks in Oklahoma.

 

These historic gardens comprise the northern side of Will Rogers Park, one of the city's oldest park properties.  The Gardens are home to the Ed Lycan Conservatory, the Charles E. Sparks Rose Garden, the Margaret Annis Boys Arboretum and the Will Rogers Garden Exhibition Center, home to the Oklahoma City Council of Garden Clubs.

Will Rogers Garden Pond
The Will Rogers Gardens offer beautiful vistas throughout its rambling trails and walkways. Dense landscaping provides a riot of color throughout the year.

The Will Rogers Gardens are operated and maintained by the Horticulture Division of the Parks & Recreation Department.  While at the Gardens, visitors can stroll down the meandering paths where botanical delights await at every turn. Along the Gardens' walkways visitors are surrounded by thousands of roses, irises, azaleas, daylilies and peonies, among other colorful flowers and plants. 

Hours: The Gardens and arboretum are open year-round. Hours vary seasonally.

April-September: Open Daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
October-March:
Open Daily from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

The historic Ed Lycan Conservatory houses an  interesting collection of cacti and succulents. The conservatory is a historic Lloyd & Burnham greenhouse.  It was originally erected in Douglass Park in 1924 and relocated to its current location in the Will Rogers Gardens in 1936.

The Charles E. Sparks Rose Garden
The Charles E. Sparks Rose Garden features over 800 individual rose bushes. The Garden is a popular location for weddings and photo shoots.

The Charles E. Sparks Rose Garden is a formal rose garden with more than 85 different varieties of roses in bloom from April through October. Horticulture staff maintain the rose garden with the assistance of community volunteers. Staff consult with local rose experts who advise on the best varieties of roses for Oklahoma's changing climate. The roses featured in the Garden have been tested for their hardiness, pest resistance and heat resistance, in addition to their bloom and color. The rose garden is surrounded by two lakes and is adjacent to the Margaret Annis Boys Arboretum.  The Rose Garden can be rented for weddings and other events from May through September. 

The Margaret Annis Boys Arboretum sits on 10 acres of pristine park land and features hundreds of varieties of trees, including Oklahoma native species as well as specimens rarely found in the state. The oldest trees in the arboretum were planted by famed horticulturalist Henry Walter in the 1930s. The arboretum was renamed the Margaret Annis Boys Arboretum on September 24, 2009 during a ceremony honoring what would have been her 100th birthday. Thanks to a generous gift from the Oklahoma City Community Foundation, the arboretum now features an ADA accessible trail, plus new entry portals on the north and south side of the garden.

Garden Exhibition Center building

The Will Rogers Garden Exhibition Center hosts multiple garden-related events and club meetings throughout the year.  It also hosts its own series of FREE EDUCATIONAL WORKSHOPS for both the casual backyard landscaper to the expert greenthumb.  For a complete listing of classes, please visit our Classes & Workshops page, or download our current workshop brochure HERE.  The Will Rogers Garden Exhibition Center is also available for rental for educational meetings and exhibitions. For more information, call 943-0827.

Rentals: Our facilities make beaufitul and affordable settings for your wedding, meeting or other special event.

Charles E. Sparks Rose Garden: Call the Will Rogers Senior Center at 942-4339, or email Krystal Handrahan at krystal.handrahan@okc.gov

Will Rogers Garden Exhibition Center and Ed Lycan Conservatory: Call 943-0827 to check scheduling and to book a date.

Will Rogers Park Amphitheatre or the north or south picnic shelter: Call 297-3882

Volunteering  The Will Rogers Gardens is pleased to have the ongoing support of countless volunteers who assist with plant maintenance, events and other special projects.  Individuals and groups wishing to volunteer are welcome to call 943-0827 to find out what projects are available.

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3400 NW 36th
(located on the SW corner of NW 36th at Grand Boulevard)
Phone:  405 943-0827

Horticultural Garden Hours
April - September:
Open Daily from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
October - March:
Open Daily from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Exhibition Center Hours:

Hours: Open Monday - Friday 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.