Will Rogers Arboretum
The Margaret Annis Boys Arboretum at Will Rogers Gardens is Oklahoma City's oldest and most revered collection of trees, shrubs and forbs. A design for the arboretum started with an exhaustive study of the park's historic features. Stone details and timber connections were cataloged and studied, so that they could be recreated or made anew. Additionally, historic photographs and National Park Service drawings were consulted to form a complete picture of the arboretum's architectural, material, and botanic history.
Working with the natural contours of the site and existing tree collection, a sidewalk was woven into the fabric of the arboretum. The path allows visitors to access all areas of the site to gain an up-close study of premier plant specimens.
A second phase of the project will focus on cataloging the botanic collection and planting a succession of new trees to insure the arboretum's vigor over time. Secondary pathways, improved drainage systems, irrigation and additional points of entry will be added to the arboretum over time.
Size: 40 acres
Completed while Brent Wall was at OKC Parks & Recreation