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Wellness with First Cowgirl Ann Hargis Fall 2016


Dear Cowboy Family:


Wellness is an important part of life.


It has been said, “Health is a state of body. Wellness is a state of being.” Combine wellness with nature, and there is not much that can make one happier – or healthier!


That’s why all who experience it, love The Botanic Garden at Oklahoma State University. Just minutes from the OSU campus, it’s a whole new world just waiting to be explored. Designed to engage your senses and unleash your imagination, it is home to the award-winning Oklahoma Gardening television show. Spend time exploring the beautiful grounds and you can’t help but develop a deep appreciation of nature.


Housed within The Botanic Garden at OSU are a series of smaller gardens designed to heighten your awareness of the diversity found in nature. Themed gardens are typically seasonal, but at various times of the year, you can stroll through the Hosta Walk, the Patio Garden, the Rock Garden, the Shade Garden and even the Japanese Tea Garden. The Sensory Garden is a favorite of mine. Designed to stimulate and speak to all five senses, the garden is accessible to all ages and all abilities. 


Sustainability has also been a main focus in the creation of the garden. Bioretention cells are a key. They act as a sponge and filter storm water runoff for certain plants. Pervious pavers have also been installed and store rainwater – up to 9,500 gallons!


In addition to the natural beauty and the tie to sustainability, The Botanic Garden at OSU also hosts a variety of wellness programs. Yoga in the Garden is of special interest to me. The Concert Series is designed for families to enjoy both music and the outdoors. Throughout the year, OSU art students display creative and often whimsical outdoor art. A series of children’s programs and gardening classes are also offered. These sessions promote nature, physical activity and strengthening relationships.


If you have not yet visited The Botanic Garden at OSU, I encourage you to unplug, unwind, and take a stroll through this hidden gem we call our own. It will feed your heart and soul, Cowboys.


“Health is a state of body. Wellness is a state of being.”









Ann Hargis

OSU First Cowgirl




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Published by STATE Magazine Editor Elizabeth Keys, Fall 2016, Volume 12, Number 1


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