August in the Gardens

August in the Gardens

Myriad Botanical Gardens packs the August calendar with tons of outdoor excitement, from learning activities for children and adults, and fitness fun, to dining under the stars. Every day offers a new chance to spend quality time in downtown’s most beautiful destination — whether it’s watching cat videos on the Great Lawn, participating in the Full Moon Bike Ride and Run or joining us for the Great American Solar Eclipse, Myriad Botanical Gardens is the place to get active, build new experiences and celebrate summer in the city.

Here’s a rundown:

Yoga in the Gardens by This Land Yoga

  • Sponsored by TFCU
  • Tuesdays, August 15, 22, 29  5:45pm
  • Late arrivals not accepted after 5:50pm
  • Outdoors or Terrace Room
  • Members $5; Nonmembers $10
  • Must be 16 and older

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

Cat Video Festival

  • Caturday, August 16 (DATE MOVED DUE TO WEATHER)
  • Presented by Tinker Federal Credit Union
  • Sponsored by Midtown Vets and Platt College
  • Great Lawn and Bandshell
  • Pre-Show Fun starts at 7:30pm
  • Movie Screening at 9pm

Sponsored by Midtown Vets, ADG and Platt College, 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.  Film starts at 9 p.m.but put on your whiskers and cat ears and enjoy pre-screening festivities complete with food trucks, live music with Jenkins Valley from 7:30pm – 8:30pm, drinks and more. Food vendors include Hall’s Pizza Kitchen, Healthy Hippo, Brown’s Kitchen, Parking Lot Party, Katie Bugs Shaved Ice, Cute Pies, Fresh Ice and Pitchfork in the Park.

Painting in the Gardens: Pop-In Cat Painting

  • Wednesday, August 16, 6-9pm
  • Great Lawn and Bandshell
  • 4” x 4” canvas boards $5
  • 5” x 5” canvas boards $10

Wine and Palette will set up on the Great Lawn and bandshell before the Cat Video Fest. Participants can choose between 4×4 canvas boards $5 & 5×7 canvas boards $10 featuring Cats.

Reading Wednesdays

  • Every Wednesday, 10am (Starting August 16)
  • 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.

Great American Eclipse

  • Sponsored by Dean McGee Eye Institute and Leadership Square Eye Care
  • Monday, August 21, 11:30am-2:30pm
  • Great Lawn and Bandshell
  • Special Eclipse Glasses available
  • FREE

Where will you be on August 21, 2017 to view the Great Solar Eclipse? A partial solar eclipse will take place on Monday, August 21. In Oklahoma City, the prime time to see the eclipse will be between 11:37am and 2:34pm with the maximum peak view at 1:05pm that day. The Gardens is throwing an OKClipse viewing party on the Great Lawn from 11:30am-2:30pm. Enjoy “space” music, food and educational activities on this rare occurrence for all ages at no charge.

Gardens Walking Tour

  • August 26, 10am
  • Last Saturday of Every Month
  • South Lobby and Garden Grounds
  • FREE
  • Walkups Welcome

Join us to expand your Oklahoma plant knowledge and get great ideas for your yard. In July and September we’ll discuss plants for water conservation and in August we’ll highlight plants for color. Can’t make it for the guided tour? Pick up a self-guided handout in our South Lobby. On July 29 stick around after the tour at 11am for an introduction to our Buffalo Grass. This lawn replacement is both beautiful and low maintenance!

Collecting Seed: A How-To Workshop

  • Saturday, August 26, 1 – 2:30pm
  • Terrace Room
  • Adam Sarmiento, Eco Landscaping
  • Members $12; Nonmembers $18
  • Best for ages 14 and up
  • Register by Tuesday, August 22

Gathering seeds for next year’s crop is easier than it seems. Join us for an interactive workshop to discuss collecting seeds from edible and ornamental plants. You’ll learn how to properly store, treat, and sow seeds throughout the seasons and head outside to try your hand at gathering seeds from our edible raised beds and prairie garden.

Paddle Boarding

  • Sunday, August 27, 10:30am-2pm
  • East Lower Lake
  • Members $8; Nonmembers $10
  • Pay upon arrival

With help from our friends at the Boathouse District in Oklahoma City, come paddle boarding at East Lower Lake at the Gardens. $8 per member and $10 per non-member for a 15-minute session. Come and go event until 2pm.

Highlights in September:

Dancing in the Gardens featuring 70s Disco Dancing

  • Friday, September 1, 7-10pm
  • Sponsored by ADG
  • Seasonal Plaza by Pitchfork in the Park
  • FREE, All Ages Welcome

Put on your boogie shoes and hustle on over to the Myriad Gardens on Friday, September 1. We’re transforming the Seasonal Plaza into an outdoor disco dance floor. Beginning at 7pm, instructors from 3Sixty Entertainment Powerhouse will give a dance demonstration followed by a FREE lesson for all. At 8pm, our DJ Brian Smith from will crank up the disco tunes to get the dancing started that is guaranteed to make you shake your groove thing all night long. Drink and food specials will be offered to highlight the night.

Celebration of the Animals

  • Sunday, September 10, 3-5pm
  • Sponsored by Midtown Vets
  • Blessing happens at 3:30pm
  • Great Lawn and Bandshell
  • FREE

Do you love animals? Come celebrate them with an ecumenical ceremony to bless your pets at the Gardens. Extreme Animals will show off some of their rare wildlife in a petting area, local clergy will be onsite to bless your animals, the OKC Animal Shelter will have an adoption booth and we will even have a remembrance tree where you can celebrate your pets of the past. A $2 suggested donation is requested for the remembrance tree. Enjoy food from our line of food trucks or grab a bite from Pitchfork in the Park.

Welcome to Your New Park!

  • Thursday, September 7, 6 – 9pm
  • Maureen Heffernan, Myriad Botanical Gardens Executive Director
  • Cocktail Hour (6-7pm), Presentation (7-8:30pm) and Q&A (8:30-9pm)
  • Park House Events Center
  • FREE and open to the public
  • Cash bar available

The Gardens is delighted to take on the management of the new Scissortail Park. Join Maureen Heffernan, executive director of Myriad Botanical Gardens, as she presents images of the park highlighting its new features and elements that will further the downtown renaissance. There will also be a discussion on urban park trends and the audience will be encouraged to give their ideas and suggestions for new park programming.

Bent Willow Furniture Class for Absolute Beginners

  • Saturday, September 16, 9am – 3pm
  • Pavilion or Terrace Room, depending on weather
  • Bim Willow, Master Furniture Builder
  • Register by Tuesday, September 12

You’ll never look at a stick the same again. Learn to turn branches into family heirlooms. Join Master Furniture Builder Bim Willow as he teaches you to mold and bend fresh willow into beautiful, long lasting furniture. Come with a hammer and pruning shears and leave with a finished project using the techniques of this historical American craft.