Plants the tour group had not seen before were available for viewing and purchase at Bustani Plant Farm. It was a great educational trip.

What a treat it was to experience the speciality nursery, Bustani Plant Farm! The Ardmore Beautification Council's travel group motored by chartered bus to Stillwater last week to view this educational and interesting garden that specializes in both native and unusual plants that thrive in Oklahoma. Owners, Steve and Ruth Owen, search out attractive plants that prove themselves durable in our climate, propagate them, and make them available at their nursery.

Bustani Plant Farm offers new discoveries along with unique, rare and hard-to find plants. With nearly 30 years experience in the Horticulture field they grow most of their stock plants for cuttings and for collecting seed. Their seedling are started and watered with rain water collected from the roofs of their structures. By growing their own plants they can ensure complete control in producing top quality plants for the garden. This past year they traveled to Argentina where a total of 60 species were brought back. The plants at Bustani are evaluated for several years, and after they prove themselves worthy, are made available to the public. Many a plant was bought at Bustani and packaged for a safe trip back to Ardmore to be planted in a local garden spot.

In addition to their specialty nursery in Stillwater, Bustani provides plants for some of the premier public gardens on the east coast. For the last three years they have delivered plants to five different gardens in the Washington DC and Philadelphia areas, including Chanticleer, The US Botanic Garden and the gardens of The Smithsonian Institution.

The ABC travel group started their plant viewing at the OSU Botanic Garden west of the main campus in Stillwater that morning. Docents provided guided tours of plants currently in their test gardens. This is the location of the Oklahoma Gardening show broadcast on OETA each Saturday. One participant upon stepping on Buffalo grass barefoot decided they wanted to research using this soft grass in their own yard. Buffalo grass grows well in Oklahoma in areas that receive full sun.

Donna Pruitt and Julie Kenaga, ABC Travel Committee chairs, coordinated the trip that included lunch at The Ranchers Club at Oklahoma State University. To be added to the list of those wanting to learn more about the next trip being planned by this group contact ABC at or 580-223-2230.

To learn more about the gardens in Stillwater visit look for The Botanic Garden in the lefthand column or