(STILLWATER, Oklahoma, March 29) — The media is invited to attend a groundbreaking of the Horticulture Education Center for The Botanic Garden at OSU. The new building is expected to open in fall 2023. Event speakers include Justin Moss, head of the OSU Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture; Julie Bisbee, Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust; Thomas G. Coon, vice president and dean of OSU Agriculture. Casey Hentges, host of Oklahoma Gardening and OSU Extension horticulture specialist, will serve as the event’s emcee.


WHEN: Thursday, March 30 at 2 p.m.


WHERE: The Botanic Garden at OSU near Laura’s Bandstand, 3300 W. 6th Street, Highway 51, Stillwater


WHAT: Official groundbreaking of the new Horticulture Education Center for OSU students, staff and faculty


RSVP: Media attending are encouraged to RSVP to mandy.gross@okstate.edu.


PARKING: South parking lot near Laura’s Bandstand, access from the south garden entrance


VIDEO AND STILLS AVAILABLE: B-roll, soundbites and photos will be available in an announcement distributed to media following the event.


MEDIA CONTACT: Mandy Gross, 405-744-4063, mandy.gross@okstate.edu


The Botanic Garden, home to the Oklahoma Gardening television show, is a living, multidisciplinary laboratory currently used by several departments within OSU Agriculture in addition to Stillwater and surrounding communities. The Horticulture Education Center will further enhance youth participation in horticultural activities at The Botanic Garden.


Oklahoma State University is a modern land-grant university that prepares students for success. OSU has more than 34,000 students across its five-campus system and more than 24,000 on its combined Stillwater and Tulsa campuses, with students from all 50 states and around 100 nations. Established in 1890, OSU has graduated more than 275,000 students to serve the state of Oklahoma, the nation and the world.