A 6’5″ full figure bronze sculpture of Carl Linnaeus created by Tulsa sculptor Rosalind Cook greets visitors at the center of the Grand Pavilion. It is made of bronze and weighs over 1,000 pounds.
Rosalind and Barry Fugatt, Director of Horticulture, unveiled the statue at the Linnaeus Teaching Garden opening ceremony in 2006. Linnaeus is accurate down to the buttons on his suit and the buckles on his shoes.
Linnaeus is holding Gaillardia, Oklahoma’s state wildflower, (look for a ladybug) and the book in his left hand illustrates the “Twin Flower” or “Linnaeus boreallis“, which was named for him.
Set into the wall behind the statue are ten ceramic tiles by Tulsa artist Cynthia Harris. Each etching depicts a different flower in the style of Linnaeus.
Around the corner is the outdoor deck. This area overlooks much of the Linnaeus Teaching Garden and is shaded by Eastern Red Cedars.
Tables and chairs are provided for visitors to relax. The walls overlooking the Garden are designed to also serve as seating.
The flooring, made of long-lasting Trex decking, is built above ground so that the tree roots will not be damaged or the earth around them compacted.
Potted plants enhance the outdoor area. The Linnaeus Gardener Memorial Arch can be seen to the left.