You don't have to be an oil tycoon to get wonderful flowers delivered by Tulsa florists.
Tulsa, Oklahoma was once considered the "Oil Capital of The World" as it was one of the first US states to discover large oil fields. The first oil boom was when it was first found in the city in 1901, and then again in 1906. The second oil boom in the area occurred between 1915 – 1930 garnering Tulsa the "Oil Capital" nickname.
Tulsa is the birthplace of Route 66 as it was largely thanks to the efforts of Cyrus Avery, a Tulsa business man that the now famous route was established. The Tulsa Spotlight theatre in Tulsa is home to the longest running play in the United States. Every Saturday evening since 1953, the theatre has put on a performance of "The Drunkard".
The city is the manufacturing hub of Oklahoma with 60% of the states exports produced in Tulsa. Agriculture is another economic driver for the state with several farms and Tulsa flower growers contributing to the local economy.
The Oklahoma Greenhouse Growers Association supports Tulsa flower farmers, nurseries, and greenhouses. They host a 3-day short course each year providing education on the latest growing trends and industry news geared towards both novice and experienced growers. The Oklahoma State Florist Association represents Tulsa florists as well as other retail flower industry professionals throughout the state, including Tulsa flower designers. Tulsa is neatly tucked in the U.S. Bible belt which helps to keep Tulsa florists busy with church lunches, brunches, Christenings and other functions. Despite this, the Tulsa flower shops are not nearly as busy as they were in days gone by.
The Tulsa Florist Association works to educate its members on industry trends, and marketing strategies geared towards weathering the changing face of the Tulsa flower market. The Greenhouse Growers Association as well as the Association of Cut Flower Growers work to help Tulsa flower farmers stay competitive. It is not just the Tulsa flower industry that has changed. Tulsa flower shops as well as those in cities across the U.S. have been forced to compete with the emergence of the supermarket flower departments popping up inside local grocery chains offering flowers at a fraction of the cost that a Tulsa florist is able to sell for. Tulsa flower growers must also work to keep afloat in the face of the dominant South American flower industry and their extensive exports to the U.S. They produce in mass quantities with low labor costs making it difficult for domestic growers to compete. Tulsa flower growers can work around this by growing flowers that don’t ship well and sticking mostly to these varieties. With all of the infrastructure in place to aid the Tulsa flower industry, it is hoped that flowers will continue to contribute to the local economy for years to come.
Tulsa Sights and Sounds
- Gilcrease Museum
- Tulsa Air and Space Center
- Tulsa Zoo
- Oklahoma Aquarium
- World Palomino Horse Show
- LaFortune Park
There are many wonderful flower shops in Sand Springs that can help with any floral or gift-giving needs. You can also rely on local Bixby florists or Broken Arrow flower shops to send flowers that are just as fresh. You may even try Glenpool florists for local flower delivery.
If I had a single flower for every time I think about you, I could walk forever in my garden.
- Attributed to Claudia Ghandi