Stanford Family Liberty Garden

Stanford Family Liberty Garden

Stanford Family Liberty Garden

Ground was broken for the Stanford Family Liberty Garden in February 2022. A generous gift from the Stanford family of Tulsa is funding this new half-acre garden. It is being built on the existing peninsula located on the east side of the Garden’s seven-acre lake. The Stanford Family Liberty Garden will be adjacent to the Bumgarner Lotus Pool which is also under construction. 

The Stanford Family Liberty Garden’s focal point will be an American flag flown from a flagpole and plinth located on the south end of a large rectangular lawn. The flag plinth will include decorative masonry and perforated metal panels which will glow at night as if they were lanterns. 

Visitors will enter the garden by taking the Rosalie and Lindsay Alexander Deco Bridge. A grove of trees will outline the entry of the Liberty Garden which will be marked by ornate ironwork gates. Once inside, the view will expand to the 3,000 sq. ft. Taylor Alan Gravender Lawn surrounded by walkways. Outlining the walkways on west and east sides will be flower borders, benches, and layers of evergreens, shrubs and trees to create an intimate space with views of the lake and beyond.  

Opposite the flagpole on the east and west edges of the garden will be 20’ by 20’ pavilions with artisan ironwork railings framing views of the lake and creating an arbor for flowering vines. Past the Flagpole Terrace, a progression of wide “seating stairs” drop to the water’s edge and present a panoramic view of the lake and Oklahoma sky. 

The Garden worked with landscape architects from 3.Fromme Design (Sanford, FL), Howell & Vancuren and Wallace Design Collective. Manhattan Construction Company and JONESPLAN, LLC will be constructing both gardens. 

 Construction photo courtesy of Manhattan Construction, July 2022