April in the Gardens



Reading Wednesdays

  • Every Wednesday, 10 a.m.
  • Crystal Bridge South Lobby
  • FREE
  • Best for ages 2 to 5

Bring your youngster for story time each Wednesday at 10 a.m. Books are nature-themed and selected based on the season. We’ll begin with an interactive song and children will enjoy creating a small craft after the story. For groups of 10 or more, please call Kodi Clifford at (405) 835-6789.

Little Saplings Series

  • Every Other Tuesday
  • April 24; May 8, 22; June 5, 19, 10 – 11am
  • Little Sapling Series
  • Children’s Garden (Terrace Room in inclement weather)
  • Member $3; Nonmember $4
  • Best for ages 2-5
  • Register by Friday before

Join us in the Children’s Garden for an hour of songs, games, and interactive nature fun. Toddlers (and parents!) will get to learn about the exciting world of gardens in an engaging and educational way. Experience activities such as making mud pies, watching caterpillars grow, making bird seed ornaments, or potting up seeds. Every Little Saplings event will include a sensory bin, a song, and a game.

Family Workshop: Flower and Leaf Pressing

  • Friday, April 20, 2 to 3 p.m.
  • 2nd Floor Conference Room
  • Member $10; Nonmember $12
  • Best for ages 6 to 11
  • Register by Tuesday, April 17

Preserve your favorite leaves and flowers and turn them into art, bookmarks and cards at this creative workshop. Participants will learn how to press leaves and flowers, look at some already pressed samples and try their own hands at the art. Each child will leave with their own flower press to continue the harvesting and crafting at home.

Sprouting Chefs: Pasta Primavera

  • Saturday, April 28, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • 2nd Floor Conference Room
  • Member $11; Nonmember $14
  • Best for ages 7 to 11
  • Register by Tuesday, April 24 

Kids will learn about different vegetables and how to prepare them as the class creates a fresh and flavorful pasta primavera. Participants will get to practice proper knife techniques, learn how to boil water and how to make perfectly-cooked pasta. The session will conclude with participants eating the tasty creations for a delicious and healthful learning and lunch experience. 

Jackson Pollock Seed Bomb Garden

  • Saturday, April 28, 1 to 3 p.m., come-and-go
  • Children’s Garden
  • Member $2; Nonmember $3
  • Abigail Curry, Children’s Garden Manager
  • Best for ages 5 to 9, but all ages welcome

Jackson Pollack was an artist whose canvases looked like color explosions. Young artists will make their own color explosion flower gardens using homemade seed bombs. We’ll make wildflower seed bombs and then we’ll toss them into a freshly dug garden bed. Later, come back to watch the ‘composition’ grow!  Kids will also make a few of your own seed bombs for their home gardens.


#OptOutside Oklahoma Presented by Fowler

  • Sunday, April 22, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Great Lawn and Bandshell
  • FREE, specific workshops are an additional cost

#OptOutside Oklahoma will inspire you to get outside, breathe in some fresh air and reconnect with Mother Nature and all her splendor. The program is designed to help people reconnect with each other and with the great outdoors by featuring some of the best options for camping and RV life. Visitors can even come Saturday at 7 p.m. to camp out in a fully furnished-tent! See the calendar for details. Visitors on Sunday will get to explore new and vintage trailers and airstreams on the Great Lawn, where outdoor life vignettes will include tents, chairs, cooking gear and bikes to bring along on your journeys. Water sports enthusiasts will enjoy the paddle boarding demonstration on the lake. Fly fishing demonstrations, bike lessons with Spokies/Ride OKC, SUP Yoga demonstrations with This Land Yoga, compass reading techniques and a fantastic group of vendors will bring outdoor living to the center of the city.   Vendors will include Homma Camp Co, En Root Barbershop, Sierra Club, This Land Yoga, Metz & Daughters, face painting with Moonflower Face and Body Art as well the following food trucks: Wicked Hangry, Pitchfork, Healthy Hippo and Let’s Do Greek.


Yoga Series in the Gardens

  • Sponsored by Tinker Federal Credit Union
  • Tuesdays, 5:45 p.m.
  • Late arrivals not accepted after 5:50 p.m.
  • Meet in the South Lobby for Check-In
  • Member $5; Nonmember $10
  • Must be 16 and older

This is a great, all-levels class led by Lisa Woodard from This Land Yoga. Class participants should bring a yoga mat and water. Class participants will meet in the south lobby for check-in each week. Drop in for a session or two, or enjoy the entire series!

Introduction to Growing Plants for New Gardeners

  • Tuesday, April 24, 6 to 7 p.m.
  • Crystal Bridge 2nd Floor Conference Room
  • Member $5; Nonmember $7
  • Register by Friday, April 20 

This three part series serves as an introduction to the basics of growing ornamental garden plants including trees, shrubs and perennial flowers and grasses.  Each class includes handouts on plant lists and maintenance guidelines. Part 3 will discuss perennial flowers and grasses, focusing on the best varieties for our tough climate that add color and interest each season. We’ll discuss easy maintenance tips for these great plants.

Senior Wellness Wednesday

Wednesday, April 25, 9–10:30am
Park House Event Center and Crystal Bridge
Member: $12 includes activities in the Park House Event Center and admission to the Crystal Bridge
Nonmember: $15 includes activities in the Park House Event Center and admission to the Crystal Bridge
ALL SENIORS at Crystal Bridge are $2 from 9am-5pm
Best for ages 62+

“This heart has no wrinkles. If you’re happy, your soul will always be young and fresh!” Join us for a 30 minute Tai Chi exercise class, followed by an herbal tea tasting from tea’s donated by Super Cao Nguyen and time with some furry friends, yes you heard us right, therapy dogs from A New Leash on Life will be onsite for guests to love on. End your visit with a walk through the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory. This is the last part of our three month series focusing on betterment of Senior’s mind, body and soul.

Seniors that don’t want to participate in the exercise class, herbal tea tasting and therapy dogs get a reduced rate at the Crystal Bridge from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. of $2 per person.

Gardens Walking Tour

  • Saturday, April 28, 10 to 11 a.m.
  • South Lobby and Garden Grounds
  • FREE
  • Walkups Welcome

Expand your Oklahoma plant knowledge and get inspiration for your garden with our educational walking tours.  Each month will feature different plants from our outdoor collection that make great choices for our region – from spring color to drought tolerant and more.  Self –guided plant tour handouts are also available in our South Lobby.