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 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.
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
Every Wednesday, 10 a.m.
- Crystal Bridge South Lobby
- 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
- 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.