June Classes for Children and Adults

June Classes for Children and Adults

Children

Children’s Honey Bee Class with Lori Coats

  • Tents near the Thunder Fountain
  • Saturday, June 9, 11am-12pm & 2-3pm
  • Best for ages 2-7
  • Register by Friday, June 8 at noon—limited space available
  • Includes Admission to Winnie the Pooh
    • *This same class will be offered twice in one day, pick one
  • Member: $5, Nonmember: $8
  • REGISTER HERE FOR 11AM
  • REGISTER HERE FOR 2PM

Join Lori Coats, owner of My Raggedy Herbs, as she teaches children the process of how honeybees make honey. Lori and her husband raised their four children on a honey farm in western Oklahoma. She will have your child buzzing with excitement as they hear a kid-friendly version of how these amazing insects make nature’s perfect food! Each child will create their own fun honeycomb picture and leave with a bee stamp on their hand.

Rabbit’s Flower Garden Pop Ins with Children’s Garden Manager Abby Curry

  • Tents near the Thunder Fountain at Winnie the Pooh Festival, 1-2pm
  • Thursday, June 14, Friday, June 15 & Saturday, June 16
  • $5 to participate
  • Best for ages 5-9
  • REGISTER HERE FOR A POP IN

Join us for an afternoon of garden fun and help Rabbit plant his flower pots! Children will be able to decorate a pot and plant it with a flower of their own to take home.

Rabbit’s Vegetable Garden

  • Saturday, June 16, 2-3:30PM
  • Tents near the Thunder Fountain at Winnie the Pooh Fest
  • Member $4; Nonmember $5
  • Register by Tuesday, June 12
    *Includes admission to the Winnie the Pooh Fest
  • REGISTER HERE

It’ll be a hopping good time as kids learn about all the veggies Rabbit grows in his garden. Participants will play games and read books, learning about the veggies in Rabbit’s garden and how they grow. Each child will get to create a garden craft to take home.

Berry Class with Pati Colston

  • Tents near the Thunder Fountain at Winnie the Pooh Fest
  • Saturday, June 16, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • Best for ages2-7
  • Register by Friday, June 15 at noon—limited space available
    • *Includes Admission to Winnie the Pooh
  • Member: $5, Nonmember: $8
  • REGISTER HERE

Come and learn about the important roll honeybees have in the pollination process of strawberry plants from Pati Colston, owner of Agape House Berry Farm. Pati and her husband raise 16,000 strawberry plants and are eager to share with children the importance of these special pollinators. Kids will have the opportunity to make their own balloon “honeybee” during craft time and “pollinate” strawberry plants.

Kid’s Pollinator Celebration

  • Thursday, June 21, 1-2pm
  • 2nd Floor Conference Room
  • Member $4; Nonmember $6
  • Best for ages 5 to 9
  • Register by Friday, June 15
  • REGISTER HERE

Aside from butterflies and bees, which are wonderful pollinators, there are many other unsung pollinating heroes. Come get in on the discussion about a few other amazing pollinators: beetles, bats, ants, moths, and even lemurs. Kids will go on a hunt for them in our children’s garden, create a craft, and play a fun game as they discover what each of them pollinates and how important they are in our world.

Family Workshop: Mini Pollinator Gardens

  • Saturday, June 23, 2-3pm
  • Outdoor Grounds or 2nd Floor Conference Room, Depending on Weather
  • M $10; NM $12
  • Dr. Ann Fleener, Landscape Designer
  • Best for ages 6 to 10
  • Register by Monday, June 18
  • REGISTER HERE

Dr. Ann will teach attendees all about common pollinators and their favorite plants. The group will play a silly pollinator game while learning how pollination works. Then each child will pot up two pollinator-approved plants to take home and care for.

Weekly Walkups in the Children’s Garden

  • June 25 – August 10, Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. to noon
  • Children’s Garden Porch
  • Drop-in activities; $2 suggested donation per child

Explore the Children’s Garden and the wonderful world of plants with fun activities. Groups of 10 or more please contact Lily Christman, at (405) 445-5162, for more information about group activities.

Make-it Mondays: Each Monday children will “make and take” something home using a variety of natural and craft materials. They’ll make a summer-full of fun garden crafts such as wind chimes, chia heads, and seed bombs.

Tasty Tuesdays: Don’t miss this fun morning where you’ll get to play with food! Combine different shaped fresh veggies, fruits, and herbs to create edible animals like cucumber bumble bees and cauliflower sheep! This activity is a great way to turn a “yuck” into a “yum” and to learn about these foods and where they come from.

Reading Wednesdays: It’s that time of year when Reading Wednesdays moves back out into the garden! We’ll be reading nature-inspired books that connect children with what is growing and changing in the garden each week. After the reading, the kids will make a craft.

“Think Green” Thursdays: This day of the week is devoted to fun crafts that focus on the 3 R’s of environmental kindness: reduce, reuse, and recycle. The group will upcycle unused or discarded items to make something new and cool like transforming a plastic bottle into a bird feeder.

Find-it Fridays: This is a self-guided scavenger hunt, leading kids on a discovery of nature in the Children’s Garden with all its shapes, textures, and beautiful colors. Use exploring tools like magnifying lenses and binoculars, as you wind your way through the garden!

Sprouting Chefs: Pies

  • Friday, June 29, 10am-Noon
  • Park House
  • Member $15; Nonmember $18
  • Best for ages 8 to 12
  • Register by Monday, June 25
  • REGISTER ONLINE HERE

Pies have a mystique of being one of the most difficult desserts to create, but that’s a myth ready to be busted by your aspiring young baker. This Sprouting Chefs class will focus on teaching just how easy pie making can be. Kids will learn the basics of pie making, including crusts and fillings. The group will create and bake savory and sweet pies to enjoy for lunch.

Sunflower Seed Sowing for Kids

  • Saturday, June 30, 10am-Noon
  • 2nd Floor Conference Room
  • Member $6; Nonmember $8
  • Lori Coats, My Raggedy Herbs
  • Best for ages 3 to 8
  • Register by Tuesday, June 26
  • REGISTER ONLINE HERE

Sunflowers brighten any room and you can learn how easy it can be to sow sunflower seeds and grow your own stately sunflowers. You’ll also get to enjoy the sunflower seeds from your blossoms. Lori Coats will teach about the sunflower plant, where the seeds come from and how to care for the plant. Each child will get to pot up some sunflower seed to take home and grow.

Adults

Tomato Titans: An Introduction to Growing Tomatoes

  • Saturday, June 2, 10am-Noon
  • 2nd Floor Conference Room and Garden Grounds
  • Carla Grogg, Co-founder of Grogg’s Green Barn
  • Member $10; Nonmember $15
  • Register by Tuesday, May 29
  • REGISTER ONLINE HERE

Nothing quite beats feasting on a juicy, ripe from-the-garden tomato that you’ve grown yourself. Join us for this introductory class to get you on your way to becoming a Tomato Titan. We’ll cover some of the fascinating history of the tomato and you’ll learn how to start tomato seeds and transplant their seedlings. Then we’ll get into the nitty gritty of caring for tomatoes as the weather heats up – insect and disease control, proper watering and fertilizing, and the importance of pinching. We’ll cover common problems and their solutions. Participants are welcome to bring photos of their tomatoes for questions and advice.

 

Soil: the Key to a Healthy Garden

  • Saturday, June 9, 1-3pm
  • 2nd Floor Conference Room and Garden Grounds
  • Member $8; Nonmember $12
  • Malarie Gotcher, the City of OKC Water Utilities Department
  • Allen Parlier, Closer to Earth
  • Register by Tuesday, June 5 
  • REGISTER ONLINE HERE

Soil is the foundation of any good garden and a healthy soil is essential in having healthy plants. In this interactive program you’ll learn the basics of soil and the simple steps to creating great compost. Malarie Gotcher will teach us about soil structure, how to conduct and understand the results of a simple soil test, how to amend your soil and the 10 most common garden weeds (and their solutions). Allen Parlier will then delve into the key ingredients in any compost, taking you through the steps of starting and maintaining your own compost pile so that you can add this essential ingredient to your soil.

Special thanks to the City of Oklahoma City Water Conservation Program for making this workshop possible.

 

 

 

 

Garden Maintenance 1

Elia Woods of Commonwealth Urban Farms will offer a behind-the-scenes visit to her urban farm and address some of the most essential tasks in maintaining a healthy edible garden: watering and fertilizing. You’ll learn how she irrigates her garden and some simple irrigation techniques such as timers, drip irrigation and implementing your own irrigation system. Elia will also cover fertilizer types, organic options and demonstrate how to apply them. Aspiring and established gardeners will relish this opportunity to visit a fascinating garden and to learn new techniques from a true urban farmer.

 

 

 

 

Myriad Kitchen: Pies

  • Saturday, June 30, 10am-Noon
  • Park House
  • Member $18; Nonmember $25
  • Jenny Dunham, Local Chef
  • Register by Tuesday, June 26 
  • REGISTER ONLINE HERE

Few things compare to a homemade pie. Getting the crust right and filling just so can take lots of practice. Expert baker Jenny Dunham will fill you in on the basic ingredients needed for a flaky, delicious crust. She’ll talk types of fillings, from custard to fruit and chocolate and will share her favorite crust and filling recipes. Bring your own 9” pie crust because Jenny will walk you through making your own delectable strawberry pie, from crust to filling. 

Gardens Walking Tour

  • Saturday, June 30, 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 South Lobby.

 

 

Education Classes for Children and Adults, May

Education Classes for Children and Adults, May

 

May Education

Special event

Irrigation and Water Conservation Workshop

  • Saturday, May 5, 10am-Noon
  • 2nd floor Conference Room and Garden Grounds
  • $5 per person
  • Register by Thursday, May 3
  • REGISTER HERE
Being a good steward of natural resources is a must these days. For the second annual Irrigation and Water Conservation Workshop you will learn the ins-and-outs of irrigating your lawn and plants so you can conserve water, time and money through smart irrigation practices. Coffee and a light breakfast will be provided.
 
Special thanks to the City of Oklahoma City Water Conservation Program for making this workshop possible.

10-11AM: Dr. Lou Anella, professor and Director of The Botanic Garden at Oklahoma State University, will present an overview of landscape irrigation; what it is, why it’s helpful and some best practices. He’ll then discuss a revolutionary irrigation system installed at the OSU Botanic Garden, with tips for bringing the same ideas into your home garden. Finally, you’ll get hands on experience setting up a drip system together.

11AM-NOON: Robert Reaves, Water Conservation Coordinator with the City of Oklahoma City Utilities, will provide a hands-on, practical experience as he shows each of the components in an irrigation system, explaining how they work and how to make basic repairs to any system. He’ll also cover a few DIY options for saving money.

Children

Reading Wednesday

  • Wednesdays, May 2, 9, 16, and 23, 10-11am
  • Crystal Bridge South Lobby
  • FREE
  • Best for ages 2 to 5

Little Sapling Series

  • Every Other Tuesday, May 8, 22, 10 – 11am
  • Children’s Garden (South Lobby Reading Nook in inclement weather)
  • Members $3; Nonmembers $4
  • Best for ages 2-5
  • LEARN MORE & REGISTER HERE

Pattern Hunter

  • Saturday, May 12, 9:30-10:30am
  • 2nd Floor Conference Room and Children’s Garden Porch
  • Member $4; Nonmember $6
  • Best for ages 6 to 10
  • Register by Tuesday, May 8
  • LEARN MORE & REGISTER HERE

Sprouting Chefs: Strawberries Galore

  • Saturday, May 19, 2-3pm
  • 2nd Floor Conference Room
  • Member $8; Nonmember $10
  • Best for ages 7 to 11
  • Register by Tuesday, May 15
  • LEARN MORE & REGISTER HERE
  • Special thanks for Whole Foods for providing the ingredients for this program

Family Prairie Exploration

  • Friday, May 25, 2-3pm
  • 2nd Floor Conference Room and Prairie Garden
  • Member $4; Nonmember $5
  • Best for ages 7 to 11
  • Register by Tuesday, May 22
  • LEARN MORE & REGISTER HERE

Flights of Fancy: Fairy Houses

  • Saturday, May 26, 11am-noon
  • Member $5; Nonmember $6
  • Best for ages 5 to 9
  • Abigail Curry, Children’s Garden Manager
  • Register by Tuesday, May 22
  • LEARN MORE & REGISTER HERE

Reading Wednesday with the Downtown Library

  • Wednesday, May 30, 10-11am
  • Crystal Bridge South Lobby
  • FREE
  • Best for ages 2 to 5

Family Workshop: Dino Terrariums

  • Thursday, May 31, 2-3pm
  • 2nd Floor Conference Room
  • Member $9; Nonmember $11
  • Best for ages 6 to 10
  • Register by Friday, May 25
  • LEARN MORE & REGISTER HERE

Adults

Myriad Kitchen: An Intro to Healthy Cooking

  • Saturday, May 12, noon-2pm
  • 2nd Floor Conference Room
  • Member $20; Nonmember $27
  • Jenny Dunham,  Kam’s Kookery
  • Register by Tuesday, May 8
  • LEARN MORE & REGISTER HERE

Growing Marvelous Melon

  • Saturday, May 19, 10am-noon
  • 2nd Floor Conference Room
  • Member $10; Nonmember $12
  • Micah Anderson, Langston University Extension
  • Register by Tuesday, May 15
  • LEARN MORE & REGISTER HERE

Gardens Walking Tour

  • Saturday, May 26, 10-11am
  • South Lobby and Garden Grounds
  • FREE
  • Walkups Welcome
  • Every last Saturday of the month