The OSU Botanical Garden and Arboretum (OBGA) is an asset to the state and the university. On August 20, 1991, Governor David Walters signed Senate Bill No. 238 creating the Oklahoma Arboretum and Botanical Garden System. Oklahoma State University's Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture coordinates establishment of the state-wide system which is anticipated to include affiliate arboreta and gardens in many communities. The department's current arboretum just west of the Stillwater campus will be enhanced and will become the central facility of the system. Proper planning is an essential stage of any landscape architecture design, and with no exception, the OBGA headquarters and learning resource center is in need of a comprehensive master plan.
The arboretum is a unique and visionary concept. The idea behind the establishment of the statewide system is to place more emphasis on environmental awareness and conservation in communities across Oklahoma and the role plants play in conservation and creating positive images of communities. The system also affords OSU, by its mission as a land-grant university, to take a leadership role in providing a broad scope of educational programs for member gardens and the general public. The OBGA headquarters and learning resource center will be the functional genius loci for education and enjoyment for all age groups plus research into plants that are most suitable for planting in Oklahoma's diverse geographic areas.
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