Mohawk Park also offers a large number of cats, including two Siberian tigers (Oklahoma City has smaller Sumatran tigers). In the next pen are a lion and lioness, but here the differences between the zoos of Oklahoma's two chief cities differ widely. The paddocks in Tulsa are too concrete and contrived, but they offer wide open and direct face-to-face appreciation of the animals. Oklahoma City's paddocks are more natural, but the tigers are seen through mesh fences, and the lions through protective glass panels. Tulsa also has a pair of cheetahs in the best natural compound for cats at Mohawk Park.
Woodward Park, Rose Gardens, and Garden Center
At anytime of the year, but particularly in the Spring, the Woodward Park area is an oasis of natural beauty in the heart of the city. Located on the Southeast corner of 21st & Peoria, Woodward Park's 40 acres of extensive azalea beds (15,000 shrubs), flower and herb gardens, lovely ponds, small waterfalls, and decorative bridges, make it a favorite place for photo shoots and outdoor weddings. It is also the location of a Tulsa icon, the bronze "Great Spirit" statue. Bring a picnic and then stroll the hillside paths; see if you can find the little art deco memorial to William Shakespeare hidden in a sheltered glade among the azaleas.
South of the park is the Municpal Rose Garden. It is an All-American Rose Society test garden containing 6,000 individual rose plants in 250 varieties. The classical garden is laid out on five terraces that climb the hill from Peoria Avenue and each terrace centers around a pool or fountain.
Continuing south from the Rose Garden is the Tulsa Garden Center. The center consist of the 1919 David Travis Mansion, which is used as a headquarters for several gardening societies and is a popular location to rent for private parties. Behind the mansion is a victorian conservatory, and a 3-acre arboretum. There is a nice garden shop in the former garage. In June 2006, the Garden Center officially opened the beautiful new "Linnaeus Teaching Garden." Intended as a working showcase of gardening and landscaping tips and techniques, it is located northeast of the Garden Center, behind the Municpal Rose Garden.
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Tulsa. Home of two world class museums (Philbrook and Gilcrease), two symphony orchestras (Tulsa Philharmonic and the Signature Symphony nee' Oklahoma Symphonia), a world-class ballet company (the Tulsa Ballet Company), an Opera company, Light-Opera Oklahoma (LOOK), an active dramatic arts community (Tulsa Rep. Theatre, and various community theatres), numerous performing arts venues (Tulsa PAC, TCC PACE, The Old Lady on Brady, and various suburban HS performing art centres (Union, Owasso to name two), an emabarrasment of riches of higher education (Oral Roberts University, University of Tulsa, OSU-Tulsa, The University of Oklahoma Graduate Center, Northeastern State University at Broken Arrow).