The J.E. and L.E. Mabee Grange

The J.E. and L.E. Mabee Grange

The J.E. and L.E. Mabee Grange is located just west of the Children’s Discovery Garden and opened Dec. 8, 2017 with a ribbon cutting celebration. 

The 4,500 square foot building is part of the Botanic Garden’s capital campaign, “Reaching for Generations”. The Garden successfully met a fundraising challenge for a grant from the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Foundation for construction of the building.

Designed by Studio 45 Architects of Tulsa, the building will serve multiple purposes for the Garden, with a large meeting room that can be divided for smaller functions. A panel of folding doors allows the space to be opened to an adjoining patio and lawn. The building exterior features cedar planks set in metal and decorative gabion, or wire cage, walls filled with layers of rock including: blue sandstone, river rock and lava rock.  Interior features include alder wood plank gable walls with LED color-change lighting, a ceiling of spruce wood slats and a catering kitchen.  Hunter Companies in Tulsa was general contractor.

 “With the completion of this building, we are able to co-host a symposium for professionals in public gardens next October which will bring our colleagues from across the country to Tulsa,” announced Lasseigne, “it is already increasing our capacity to attract and serve our visitors.”

In addition to being used for Garden programs, the building will be available for private events including parties and receptions.

The Mabee Grange is the third major component of the Garden’s capital campaign to open.  The comprehensive campaign, with a goal of $17.1 million, is funding construction of four gardens and the building, as well as infrastructure and an endowment fund. Two of the four gardens have been completed: The A.R. and Marylouise Tandy Floral Terraces, which opened October 2015, and the two-acre Children’s Discovery Garden, which opened in May 2016. The remaining two gardens: the Lotus Pool and adjacent All Seasons Garden are in planning stages as fund raising continues.