The home was built in 1908 by Lester and Mary Cann, prominent citizens of Ponca City for 50 years. Mr. Cann served as Kay County Commissioner and was later appointed City Manager of Ponca City (serving 1934-1948). The home and approximately 10 acres were donated by their daughter, Elsie, for the use and enjoyment of the citizens of Ponca City, with a particular emphasis on garden-related activities.
A pathway meanders through the color-coordinated beds of perennials, herbs, and annuals. The botanical gardens feature a wisteria arbor and lily pond. The garden is the location for the Annual Herb Festival held the first Saturday of June each year. Cann Memorial Garden is a popular location for outdoor weddings, receptions, and small bridal or baby showers. Reservations may be made up to one year in advance. For more information on cost and availability for your event, call 580-767-0430.