April in the Gardens

April in the Gardens

The Myriad Botanical Gardens in April will again offer a variety of events for families, adults, children and even DOGS! Easter Egg Hunts are happening the Saturday before Easter Sunday for kids, ages zero to 8 and then there’s one for dogs. NEW: We’re offering a “Sensory Sensitive Easter Evening” for children. The popular exhibit Kaleidoscope of Colors that opened in March will conclude with a sale of the many orchids and plants used in the exhibit. The education department has put together two solid Earth Day events: one for children and one for adults on water irrigation and conservation for your home’s landscape. For the final weekend of April we will hold an Urban Herbs Plant Sale and Workshop.

 

KIDS and FAMILY

Saturday April 1 and 29, 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Meet the Gardener

  • Children’s Garden
  • FREE
  • Best for children but all ages welcome
  • Walk-ups welcome

Join our Children’s Garden Manager Abby Curry anytime from 10 – 11:30 a.m. to get a behind-the-scenes look at what we do in the Children’s Garden. On April 1 help Abby turn the compost in our large bin and feed the worms in our vermicomposting bin. On April 29, check out our newly planted herbs and help Abby plant some herb containers.

Saturday, April 22, 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Earth Day Adventure Walk

  • South Lobby and Garden Grounds
  • Members $3; Nonmembers $5
  • Best for ages 5-9
  • Tuesday, April 18

Join us on a nature walk adventure to celebrate Earth Day. Pat Hoerth, nature-lover and expert, will teach us how to use all of our senses. We’ll then gather seeds to make seed necklaces while we talk about the awesome properties of seeds that help them grow into plants. Parents will also get tips on engaging their child with nature for their future adventures.

 

Thursday, April 13, 6-8 p.m.

Sensory Sensitive Easter Evening

  • Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory
  • Register by Wednesday, April 12 at noon—limited space available
  • Members: $5 per participant, adults are FREE
  • Nonmembers: $10 per participant, adults are FREE

Join us inside the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory for an Easter Evening unlike any other. This is not an Easter Egg Hunt, but a fun-filled evening for families and typically developing siblings. We will have festive booths for children to visit and collect eggs. Don’t forget your Easter basket. The Easter bunny will have a designated spot for photos throughout the evening. Registered guests that need handicap accessible parking should contact Ashley Elkins for details at aelkins@myriadgardens.org

 

Saturday, April 15, 9 a.m. until supplies last

Kaleidoscope of Colors Orchid & Plant post-exhibit Sale

  • South Lobby of the Crystal Bridge
  • FREE for members

Hundreds of orchids and colorful tropicals that were on display in during the “Kaleidoscope of Colors” in the Crystal Bridge will be on sale in the South Lobby. The sale begins at 9am and will last until 5pm or until supplies run out, whichever comes first.

 

Saturday, April 15, 2 flight times

Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by Tinker Federal Credit Union

  • Children’s Garden
  • Members $5 per child, only one adult per child permitted inside the Children’s Garden-adults are FREE
  • Nonmembers $10 per child, only one adult per child permitted inside the Children’s Garden-adults are FREE
  • MUST PRE-REGISTER by Friday, April 14—limited space available
  • Registration is open to MEMBERS only March 27 to April 2. Registration open to the public on April 3.
  • For times and more about registration visit here.

If you’re an early bird join us for the 10 a.m. flight or if you and the kids like to sleep in, come later in the afternoon at 3 p.m. for our second flight. Each flight will have the same activities and operate the same way. A Children’s Garden of delight is awaiting kids who will enjoy egg hunts with prizes and visits from our very own Gardens Easter Bunny.  A limited number of spots are available. Advance registration is required by Friday, April 14 at noon, while spots last—we normally sell out of this event quickly.

 

Saturday, April 15, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Painting in the Gardens: “Kids Bunny”

  • Pavilion Lawn or Terrace Room—weather dependent
  • Members $20 register by calling (405) 227-0230
  • Nonmembers $25 register online at www.wineandpalette.com   

Join Wine and Palette at the Gardens to create a unique piece of art. We will paint a “Kids Bunny” on an 11-inch by 14-inch canvas. Participants can customize their painting with a name for their bunny or by adding other festive Easter elements.

 


Saturday, April 15, 1:30 p.m.

Doggy Easter Egg Hunt Sponsored by Midtown Vets

  • Great Lawn and Bandshell
  • Register by Friday, April 14—limited space available
  • Members $5 per dog; Nonmembers: $10 per dog
  • *Dogs must be leashed and have proof of current vaccinations

It’s back. Join us for the third annual Dog Easter Egg Hunt at the Gardens. Bring your leashed dog to the Great Lawn for a tail-wagging good time. When your dog touches one of the plastic eggs with their nose, into your basket it goes. When the time is up, open all your eggs. Some will have treats and some will have stickers. Turn the stickers in to get a prize for your pup.

 

ADULTS

 

Saturday April 1 and 8 at 11 a.m.

Kaleidoscope of Colors Guided tours

  • Meet in South Lobby
  • FREE with admission to Crystal Bridge

Join one of our knowledgeable tour guides on a stroll through this year’s spring plant show. Learn all about the colorful orchids and tropical plants that make up the whimsical displays in the conservatory and how they use color to attract pollinators. You will also have the opportunity to see our unique and colorful outdoor bulb displays and learn how to use spring bulbs to add some color to your own garden.

 

Saturday, April 1, 10-11:30 a.m.

The Civilized Jungle

  • Terrace Room and Crystal Bridge Conservatory; Tommy Clarkson, author of The Civilized Jungle
  • Cost $5
  • Register by Tuesday, March 28

Expand your awareness of some of nature’s most spectacular creations – the vegetation of the tropics. Join Tommy Clarkson of Ola Brisa Gardens in Manzanillo, Mexico as he explains tropical plants in a simple and fun way. Tommy will go through some of his favorite tropicals and discuss their needs and individual “personalities.

 

Saturday, April 1, 1:30-3 p.m.

DIY Kaleidoscopes

  • Terrace Room
  • Members $15; Nonmembers $20
  • Register by Tuesday, March 28

Join Nate Tschaenn, director of horticulture and the mind behind our Spring Show, Kaleidoscope of Colors, to learn to make your own kaleidoscope. Nate will walk you through the basics of how kaleidoscopes work and how to make your own.

 

Saturday, April 22, 1-4 p.m.

Irrigation and Water Conservation School

  • Water Plaza Room & Garden Grounds
  • Cost: $25
  • Register by Tuesday, April 18

Beautiful home landscapes require water. Sometimes a lot of it. Celebrate Earth Day by learning how to conserve water and money through smart irrigation practices. Join us to learn the ins-and-outs of irrigating your lawn and plants. We’ll discuss how to use this time-saving tool, along with some other smart choices, to save you money and still be good to the earth.

1-2 p.m: Dr. Lou Anella, professor and director of The Botanic Garden at Oklahoma State University, will give us an overview of landscape irrigation – what it is, why it’s helpful and some best practices. He’ll then delve into drip irrigation and how you can automate the irrigation of patio pots, window boxes and hanging baskets, allowing you to grow beautiful flowers, herbs, or even vegetables.

2-3 p.m: Robert Reaves, water conservation coordinator with the City of Oklahoma City Utilities, will teach you how to program your controller, adjust sprinklers, and how to fix leaks in a sprinkler system. This will be a hands-on learning experience where you can practice new irrigation skills.

3-4 p.m: Myriad Botanical Gardens Horticulturists will take you on a tour of the Gardens, discussing water-wise plants and other practices we use for water conservation, our irrigation system and ways we make it as efficient as possible.

 

Saturday, April 29, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Urban Herbs – Herb Sale and Workshops

  • All Day Pass Participants get early entrance into herb plant sale at 8am
  • Park House Event Center
  • $15 per Workshop or $60 for an All-Day Pass (Great Value – five classes for the price of four and early sale entrance)
  • Register by Tuesday, April 25

Join us for a fantastic day filled with delicious, aromatic and healing herbs. All proceeds from this day will benefit the Myriad Gardens Volunteer Program.

8-9 a.m. Early Entrance to Plant Sale for All Day Pass Holders

9 a.m. Plant Sale Opens to the Public. Come early to find herbs that you won’t see at other nurseries or greenhouses. Select from a wide variety of culinary and medicinal plants.

9:15–9:45 a.m. Herb Walk with Myriad Gardens Horticulture Staff FREE. Walk with one of the Myriad Gardens horticulture staff as they guide you through some of the beautiful and beneficial herbs planted on our grounds.

10–11 a.m. Planning Your Herb Garden Workshop $15. Learn how to select herbs for your lifestyle and plant them in a productive and useable manner by designing your own herb garden with our help.

11 a.m. – Noon. Creating A Window Sill Herb Planter $15. Herbs are powerful plants. Come see how growing just a few in a window sill container can change your cooking.  Head home with three plants to create your own with what you’ve learned. 

Noon – 1 p.m. Instructional Herb Lunch $15. Don’t miss this opportunity to eat a scrumptious lunch and listen to an Oklahoma City favorite  Kamala Gamble as she discusses how she grew, selected and prepared your entrée, a large spring salad with herbs.

12:15 – 12:45 p.m. Herb Walk with Myriad Gardens Horticulture Staff FREE. Walk with one of the Myriad Gardens horticulture staff as they guide you through some of the beautiful and beneficial herbs planted on our grounds.

1–2 p.m. Putting Up Your Herbal Harvest $15. Tired of growing a few herbs and not knowing what to do with them? Come learn how to preserve your harvest and practice making your own bundle to take home and dry. 

2–3 p.m. Lavender & Aromatherapy Workshop $15. Plants can heal. In this workshop, we’ll discuss the many benefits of essential oils present in herbs and some practical ways to use them.  Each participant will leave with their own personalized herbal sachet.

3–4 p.m. Plant Sale Final Hour

 

Ongoing

Every Wednesday, 10 a.m.

Reading Wednesdays

  • Crystal Bridge South Lobby
  • FREE
  • Best for ages 2-5

Bring your youngster for story time each Wednesday at 10am. Books are nature-themed and selected based on the season. Children will also enjoy creating a small craft after the story.  For groups of 10 or more please call Kodi Clifford at 405-835-6789. *Note: Starting June 21, we’ll pair up with our Weekly Walk-ups to bring you Reading Wednesday’s from 10am to noon in the Children’s Garden. 

 

Saturday, April 29, 10 a.m.

Gardens Walking Tour

  • South Lobby and Garden Grounds
  • FREE
  • Walkups Welcome

Join us to expand your Oklahoma plant knowledge and get great ideas for your yard. Each month changes as the plants grow through the seasons; in April we’ll discuss plants for color. Can’t make it for the guided tour? Pick up a self-guided handout in our South Lobby.

 

Tuesdays, 5:45 p.m.

Yoga in the Gardens sponsored by Tinker Federal Credit Union

  • No late arrivals after 5:50pm
  • Meet in the South Lobby for check-in
  • Members suggested donation of $5
  • Nonmembers $10
  • Must be at least 11 years-old to participate

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

 

On exhibit through May 14

CloudScapes by Marc Barker

  • South Lobby, Crystal Bridge
  • Free for viewing

Sixteen oil on canvas works of art by Oklahoma artist Marc Baker on display at Myriad Botanical Gardens’ Crystal Bridge, South Lobby through May 14. Marc has more than 12 years of experience in the field of interactive media and more than 20 years of experience in the arts. He also draws inspiration equally from his backgrounds in science and art. Marc has exhibited his work internationally at the Baltic Speleological Congress, Sweden, and the International Congress of Speleology in England. Recent exhibitions in Oklahoma City include Nault Fine Art Gallery, Individual Artists of Oklahoma, City Art Center, Pickard Art Gallery, Untitled [ArtSpace] and the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition. Proceeds from works of art sales will benefit Myriad Botanical Gardens.