August in the Gardens

August in the Gardens

The summer fun continues at the Myriad Botanical Gardens in the month of August. Participate in the many ongoing activities including the Full Moon Bike Ride and Run (August 27), yoga (every Tuesday, 5:45pm), barre3 free workout on the Devon Lawn (August 6), the final Dancing in the Gardens, featuring country western, (Friday, August 3) and more. 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.

Weekly Walkups

  • August 1-10, Monday-Friday, 10am – Noon
  • Children’s Garden Porch
  • Drop-in activities; $2 suggested donation per child
  • Groups of 10 or more please contact Lily Christman, at (405) 445-5162, for more information about group activities.

Explore the Children’s Garden and the wonderful world of plants with fun activities every weekday. Themes are: Make-it Mondays, Tasty Tuesdays, Reading Wednesdays, “Think Green” Thursdays and Find-it Fridays.

SONIC Summer Movie Night: Oklahoma! Sing-A-Long

  • Presented by SONIC Drive-In
  • Wednesday, August 1. Pre-Show Activities 7pm; Movie begins at 9pm when the sun sets
  • Sponsored by Oklahoma History Center, Casady Square Orthodontics, Platt College, Cox Center and Chesapeake Arena, and Top Golf
  • The Devon Lawn and Band Shell
  • FINAL FILM Oklahoma! Sing-a-Long 1955 version

Presented by SONIC Drive-In and Sponsored by the Oklahoma History Center. Join us for a Sing-along evening with 3,000 of your closet friends. Thanks to SONIC and the Oklahoma History Center the movie screening is completely FREE. Come early to get a great seat. Blankets on one side, chairs on the other. Bring a picnic or enjoy food from Pitchfork in the Park or enjoy food from our line-up of food trucks. Face painting offered—prices vary between $5 and $10. Closed caption titles provided for people with hearing loss. Food Trucks: Phill Me Up Cheesesteaks, Chosen Juan, Metro Minis and Oklahoma Kettle Corn.

Peter Rabbit Tea Party

  • Friday, August 3, 2–3pm
  • 2nd Floor Conference Room and Garden Grounds
  • Member $7; Nonmember $9
  • Best for ages 4 to 8
  • Register by Tuesday, July 31

Hop by for an afternoon of bunny fun. We’ll start with a craft and silly game about Peter Rabbit and his friends. Then we’ll head outside for a picnic – enjoying tasty treats and refreshing tea from the garden as we read Peter Rabbit stories.

Dancing in the Gardens featuring Country Western

  • Sponsored by Lingo Construction
  • Seasonal Plaza
  • Friday, August 3, Dance Lessons, 7-8pm; Dance, 8-10pm
  • FREE, all ages welcome!

Dancing in the Gardens winds down the season with—country western! Join us as we transform the Seasonal Plaza into an urban dance space. Beginning at 7pm, instructors from 3Sixty Dance Studio will give a dance demonstration followed by a FREE lesson for all. At 8 p.m., D.J. Brian Smith with will crank up your red dirt tunes to get the two steppin’ started! Don’t forget your boots! Drink and food specials will be offered to highlight the night from Pitchfork in the Park. Face Painting will be available prices range from $5-$10.

Nurturing Minds: Nature Journals

  • Saturday, August 4, 10-11am
  • Meet in North Lobby of Crystal Bridge
  • Member $5; Nonmember $6
  • Best for ages 6 to 10
  • Register by Tuesday, July 31

Join us as we set off for a morning of detection and reflection. We will start with a nature walk in the Meinder’s Garden followed by reflection time, during which children will be able to draw or write in their journals. Participants will learn to use their senses to observe and record the natural world around them. Small spiral notebook and pencil provided.  

Summer Meltdown: Ice Cream Festival

  • Seasonal Plaza and Park House Event Center
  • Saturday, August 4, 6-9pm
  • $12 per child 12 and under for sampler card
  • $15 per adult for sampler card, 21+ includes one alcoholic treat

Cool down with some yummy frozen treats from 6-9pm from Bambu and Tipsy Treats food trucks parked on Ron Norick Boulevard. Guests can sample icy treats from Baked Bear inside the Park House Event Center, purchase something savory from Pitchfork in the Park and enjoy music from DJ Brain Smith from Kids can cool off in the reflection splash pad, enjoy our water wall sensory play, dunk tank and create a FREE craft in the Kids Zone. Oversized chess, connect four and our Imagination Playground equipment sponsored by Express Personal will also be out for everyone to enjoy. Face painting available prices vary from $5 to $10 and we will have a photo area to capture the fun. You don’t want to miss this FUN FAMILY evening that will enjoyable for everyone!

Painting in the Gardens: “Ice Cream”

  • Seasonal Plaza by Pitchfork in the Park—outdoors!
  • Saturday, August 4, 6-8pm
  • Member: $20 register by calling (405) 227-0230
  • Nonmember: $25 register REGISTER ONLINE HERE

Join Wine and Palette on the seasonal plaza to create “Ice Cream” on an 11” x 14” canvas to take home.

Community FREE Barre3 in the Gardens

  • The Devon Lawn and Band Shell
  • Monday, August 6, 7-8pm
  • Bring yoga mat and water
  • FREE

Barre3 continues at the Gardens for another season of FREE community outdoor fitness. Barre3 mixes athleticism, grace and the latest innovations designed to balance the body. Meet at The Devon Lawn. We’ll be led by an amazing team from Barre3. Bring your own yoga mat, water and plenty of gusto! This is an amazing workout.

Water Conservation and Turf Management Seminar

  • Saturday, August 11, 10-Noon
  • 2nd Floor Conference Room
  • Member $8; Nonmember $12
  • Jeff Salmond, University of Oklahoma, Director of Athletic Field Management, CSFM
  • Josh Campbell, Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, Urban Ag. and Natural Resources
  • Register by Thursday, August 9 

In this featured seminar focused on saving water while caring for your lawn, you will learn cost-effective methods for conserving natural resources. From setting up strategic rain barrels to the effective use of mulch, you will be on your way to efficiently managing drought-resistance grass and hearty low-ground cover year-round. Coffee and breakfast provided. Special thanks to

Carousel Carnival Day

  • Saturday, August 11, 10am-1pm
  • Children’s Garden, Pavilion and Pavilion Lawn
  • Carousel Rides $2 per rider
  • Cotton Candy $2
  • Build-A-Bear, $6 each bear (while supplies last)
  • Balloon Animal Workshop: Member $5, Nonmember $10 per
  • Hula Hoop Class: Member $10 per; Nonmember $12 per

Join us for the opening weekend of the Carousel at the Myriad Gardens. Guests can ride the newly installed carousel for $2 a rider, try their luck at our carnival games on the Pavilion Lawn: corn hole, ring toss, bottle stand up game, fish toss game, sitting ducks, bowling, ladder golf, sack races and our water target game or enjoy carnival entertainment. Cotton Candy will be for sale $2 apiece and J Stew’s Ice Cube will be serving hot dogs, snow cones and snacks ranging from $3-$10.

Sprouting Chefs: Salsa Garden

  • Saturday, August 11, 10–11:30am
  • Park House Events Center
  • Member $12; Nonmember $14
  • Donna Jung, Extension Educator with Canadian County
  • Best for ages 8 to 11
  • Register by Tuesday, August 7 

In this hands-on kid’s cooking program, families will learn how easy it is to make homemade salsa right out of the garden. We’ll go over the fresh ingredients needed to make a basic tomato salsa and a unique watermelon salsa, then discuss knife skills and get to cooking! Everyone will get to taste and take home samples of each salsa creation.

Howl at the Moon Sponsored by Midtown Vets

  • Presented with help from A-1 Pet Emporium
  • Myriad Gardens Dog Park
  • Monday, August 13, 8-10pm
  • FREE, suggested for ages 21 and older

Want to socialize with your pooch? Join us once a month on Monday’s in the Myriad Gardens Dog Park for beers, corn hole and fun for both the owners and the dogs. Blue Jay’s Rolling Grill, Blue Jay’s Happy Wagon and Kona Ice will be onsite for food and beverage purchases throughout the evening. 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 will provide your tunes for the evening. 

Little Sapling Series

  • August 14 and 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 14
  • 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 Wednesdays

  • August 15, 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.

21st Century Gardening: Strategies for Sustainability

  • Thursday, August 16, 6-8pm
  • 2nd Floor Conference Room and Garden Grounds
  • Member $10; Nonmember $12
  • Dale Spoonemore, From Seed to Spoon
  • Register by Tuesday, August 14 

The next generation of thinking for an age-old practice has arrived. As modern gardening strategies evolve to meet technological advances, local urban farmer Dale Spoonemore has been successfully blending the two for the last half decade. Since the launch of his self-designed smartphone app, Dale has been demonstrating the keys to sustainable living through sustenance gardening. Learn how you can also positively affect tomorrow’s future by reaping the benefits from your own garden today.

Myriad Kitchen: College Edition: Affordable Meals Workshop

  • Friday, August 17, 6-8pm
  • Park House Event Center
  • Member $20; Nonmember $27
  • Jenny Dunham, Culinary Expert & Restaurateur
  • Register by Wednesday, August 15

The ability to prepare affordable, nutritious meals is vital in maintaining resilient health. This hands-on workshop will offer a guided kitchen experience in cooking nourishing, cost-effective dishes with minimal preparation. Participants will learn quick, tasty options whether designing cuisine for one person or a small group. All ages and ability levels are encouraged to attend. Please bring your apron and be ready for a delicious, light-hearted journey into culinary independence.

Cat Video Festival sponsored by Midtown Vets 

  • The Devon Lawn and Bandshell
  • Saturday, August 18, Pre-Show Fun, 7pm; Movie Screening, 9pm
  • Screening is FREE

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.

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.

Tour and Lunch: Grogg’s Green Barn

  • Friday, August 24, 2018, Depart at 8am from the Crystal Bridge
  • Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Member $40; Nonmember $55
  • Carla Grogg, Co-founder of Grogg’s Green Barn
  • Register by Friday, August 10

Sign-up for our exclusive tour of Grogg’s Green Barn. Join co-founder Carla Grogg, and her staff of horticulture specialists, as they reveal how this family owned state-of-the art garden center is uniting organic, native, and edible products. Enjoy a fresh Garden-to-Table lunch prepared by an on-site executive chef. This tour will be mostly an indoor guided experience. Depart at 8am from the south entrance of the Crystal Bridge.

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.

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.

This Week in the Gardens, July 16-22

This Week in the Gardens, July 16-22

We are SPACE JAMMIN’ this week in the Gardens and so much more! Here’s a quick rundown:

Monday, July 16

Tuesday, July 17

Wednesday, July 18

Thursday, July 19

Friday, July 20

Saturday, July 21

Sunday, July 22

Monday, July 23