Water Conservation

Zoo garden a success

Leighona Bernstein and Justin Moss

Last week’s opening of the drought-tolerant garden at the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden was a success said Justin Moss, associate professor at Oklahoma State University and principle investigator for the Oklahoma City water conservation effort.

“I am thrilled at how everything went,” Moss said. “After months of hard work from everyone involved, the garden looks great and was well worth the effort.”

Zoo director, Dwight Lawson spoke at the opening and voiced his excitement about the garden.

“This project does a lot of things for us,” Lawson said. “It’s beautiful and helps with the ascetic and the whole guest experience part of it but the garden also fulfills our education mission by telling people about water conservation.”

Lance Swearengin, zoo horticultural supervisor shared Lawson’s excitement and said he is proud of the garden and of the partnership between Oklahoma State, the Zoo, and the City of Oklahoma City’s Department of Utilities.

“When people look at the garden, they decide what plants they want to take home,” said Debbie Ragan, media contact for the Utilities Department. “The garden will be an extension of the conservation efforts of the city.”

Utilities Director, Marsha Slaughter also spoke at the opening.