August in the Gardens

August in the Gardens

The 5th Cat Video Festival returns Caturday, August 18 by popular meows. In celebration of the new carousel, a day of fun will take place on Saturday, August 11 to kick off the new attraction.  Sonic Summer Movies’ grand finale on August 1 will be a screening of Oklahoma!, the a sing-a-long version. Gardens’ staff anticipates a very vocal audience that night! Additionally, a solid list of horticulture classes for both adults and children has been put together. Myriad Botanical Gardens continues to be the place to get active, build new experiences, learn about horticulture and celebrate summer’s ending in the city.

Cat Video Festival 

The Cat Video Festival is back by popular demand! It is a raucous, 75-minute romp through the Internet’s finest cat video offerings and the shared hilarity with thousands of cat lovers is not to be missed. Films starts at 9 p.m. but put on your whiskers and cat ears and enjoy pre-screening festivities with Oklahoma Circus Arts Academy and with food trucks, drinks from Double Shot Bar Services and more. Don’t have your cat ear? Stop by our cat ear headband craft for a $2 suggested donation. Food Vendors: Yum Yum Bites, Cookin It Up, Kona Ice, dOugh MG and Pitchfork in the Park. Non-Food Vendors: Central Humane Society, Earthwise Pets, A-1 Pet Emporium, Yarn and Whiskers and more. See the entire list of venors here.

Pop-in Painting in the Gardens

  • The Devon Lawn and Band Shell—outdoors!
  • Saturday, August 18, 7-9pm
  • $5 for 4”x4” panel board
  • $10 for 5”x7” panel boards

Join Wine and Palette at the Gardens to create a unique piece of art—pop in painting CATS! Guests will be able to choose the cat they want to paint and will pay $5 for a 4”x4” canvas and 5”x7” for $10 canvas.

Howl at the Moon Sponsored by Midtown Vets

  • Presented with help from A-1 Pet Emporium
  • Myriad Gardens Dog Park
  • Monday, August 20, 8-10pm – MOVED TO Monday, August 20
  • FREE, suggested for ages 21 and older

Join us at the Myriad Gardens Dog Park for beers, corn hole and fun for both the owners and the dogs. This month is obedience night. Sydney Head from Full Circle Obedience will be onsite to train your pooch’s basic commands. Dogs must have proof of vaccinations in order to participate. DJ Brian Smith with Mutt Radio will provide your tunes for the evening.  

Reading Wednesdays

  • August 22 and 29, 10am
  • Children’s Garden Porch (or north lobby in case of inclement weather)
  • FREE
  • Best for ages 2 to 5

Bring your youngster for story time each Wednesday at 10am. 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.

Gardens Walking Tour

  • Saturday, August 25, 10-11am
  • South Lobby and Garden Grounds
  • FREE
  • Walkups Welcome

Expand your knowledge of Oklahoma plants and find inspiration for your own 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 choices and more. Self-guided plant tour handouts are available in our north lobby.

The Art of Words: Plant Poems

  • Saturday, August 25, 10-11am
  • Meet in North Lobby of Crystal Bridge
  • Member $4; Nonmember $5
  • Best for ages 6 to 10
  • Register by Tuesday, August 21

Poetry and nature have always gone hand in hand. In this class, children will learn how to combine the two. Participants will learn how to write a simple poem followed by a nature walk to get a dose of creative inspiration. We will end with quiet time to compose our plant-inspired poems.

Family Workshop: Rock Terrariums

  • Saturday, August 25, 2–3:30pm
  • 2nd Floor Conference Room and Garden Grounds
  • Member $14; Nonmember $16
  • Molly Yunker and Stacey Evans, Oklahoma Geological Survey
  • Best for ages 6 to 10
  • Register by Tuesday, August 21

Calling all rock collectors and plant lovers! In this hands-on family workshop, each child will pot up their own small terrarium and learn how to care for it. We’ll also learn about the fascinating world of rocks and how many varieties there are. Then we’ll get to pick out a couple interesting ones to display in our terrariums to take home.

Full Moon Bike Ride and Run

  • Presented by Stephenson Cancer Center
  • Sponsored by OK Runner, Schlegel Bicycles, Ride OKC and Athleta
  • Meet at the Band Shell by The Devon Lawn
  • Monday, August 27, 8pm, run 8:30pm ride
  • $5 per person to participate, register here.
  • Fill out your liability waiver in advance here.

Runners and cyclists, take your mark! Our Full Moon Bike Ride and Run continue. Runners will be led by OK Runner through a scenic 5K through downtown at sunset. Cyclists will cruise a one-hour leisurely ride through a downtown route planned by Schlegel Bicycles. Need a bike? Rent one from Spokies Bike Share or Ride OKC! Lights and helmets are required. #FullMoonOKC

OK Runner, Schlegel Bicycles and Ride OKC will lead ride and run safety workshops 15 minutes prior to the event start time.

Schlegel Bicycles and Ride OKC will be onsite one hour prior to the ride for quick bike maintenance and learn how to bike lessons near the Sheridan Lawn.

Little Sapling Series

  • August 28, 10–11am
  • Children’s Garden Porch (or north lobby in case of inclement weather)
  • Member $3; Nonmember $4
  • Best for ages 2 to 5
  • Register by Friday before
  • AUGUST 28

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. Each week features a new theme with corresponding activities and learning opportunities. Every Little Saplings event begins with a song, ends with a sensory bin, and includes a hands-on craft.

Reading Wednesday with the Downtown Library

  • August 29, 10am
  • Crystal Bridge South Lobby
  • FREE
  • Best for ages 2 to 5

On the last Wednesday of every month, we’re excited to welcome the Downtown Library to Reading Wednesdays!  Library staff will be onsite to do our normal reading and craft as well as a fun additional activity.

Foodie Friday’s Farm to Table Dinner with Kamala Gamble and Barbara Mock

  • In-kind sponsor Woods and Water Winery
  • Meinders Terrace
  • Friday, August 31, 8-10pm
  • *Must be 21 or older to attend: Wine included thanks to a generous donation from Woods and Water Winery.
  • Member: $65; Nonmember: $75

Join us at the Meinders Terrace for an intimate dinner under the stars. Chefs Kamala Gamble and Barbara Mock are bringing fresh ingredients from Guildford Gardens straight to your dinner table. Space is limited, so be sure to register by Thursday, August 30 at noon.