Chuck Lamson to be new Garden CEO

Chuck Lamson, longtime leader of the Tulsa Drillers, announced as new CEO of Tulsa Botanic Garden

Lamson will lead the local nonprofit beginning in January


Chuck Lamson, best known for his long tenure with the Tulsa Drillers, has been announced as the new Chief Executive Officer of the Tulsa Botanic Garden.


“We are thrilled to announce that Chuck is joining our staff. He is known to be a visionary and a sheer force within our community. We welcome his energy and drive in bringing Tulsa Botanic Garden’s vision to fruition,” said Janice Chevaillier, chair of the non-profit’s board of directors.


Lamson’s career at the Tulsa Drillers began in 1979 as a player. His 30-year front office career started as a groundskeeper and culminated as President and majority owner. He was instrumental in helping to get ONEOK Field built in downtown Tulsa in 2010. He sold his interest in the team at the end of 2010.


“The Tulsa Botanic Garden is a great community asset. I am excited about the opportunity to continue the vision of the founders in making the Garden a world-class attraction for Tulsa and the surrounding region,” Lamson commented.


Since 2011, Lamson has served as President of Southpaw Sports Consulting, which works with buyers and sellers of minor league baseball franchises across the country. Also, he currently is an Executive in Residence at the University of Tulsa, where he oversees all Marketing and Management internships at the Collins College of Business as well as teaching sports management classes.


Lamson is slated to take the helm mid-January.


The Botanic Garden is developing on 170-acres northwest of downtown Tulsa with a master plan including a total of 60 acres of gardens planned and 100 acres of native prairie and forest. In 2015, the first garden from the master plan, the A.R. and Marylouise Tandy Floral Terraces was opened. The following May, a two-acre Children’s Discovery Garden opened. The J.E. and L.E. Mabee Grange, a 2,400 sq. ft. building for Garden activities as well as private events, was completed in late 2017.


The Garden recently announced plans for the Bumgarner Lotus Pool, a water garden which is slated to go under construction in early 2021.


The Botanic Garden hosts thousands of visitors each year for educational programming and seasonal events including their holiday festival: Garden of Lights, Tulsa Botanic BLOOMS, one of the largest spring bulb displays in the region, and Autumn in the Garden.