Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

The Will Rogers Horticultural Gardens

Named after Oklahoma’s favorite son Will Rogers (the pundit who said “Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there” and “Our foreign policy is an open book – a checkbook”), the Will Rogers Horticultural Gardens is a 30-acre park listed on the National Registry of Historical Places. The Ed Lycan Conservatory houses the largest cacti and succulent collection in Oklahoma and the 1/2-acre Charles E. Sparks Rose Garden has more than 3,000 rose bushes of 85 different varieties. The Margaret Annis Boys Arboretum is 10 acres featuring hundreds of varieties of trees, including Shummard Oaks, White Oaks, Bur Oaks, Northern Red Oaks, and Japanese Emperor Oaks, which are native to Mongolia and China. Other trees include collections of crab apples, crape myrtles and redbuds. [ info ]