February in the Gardens

  

Love is in the air in the heart of Downtown OKC at the Myriad Gardens this February

February is the month for love, flowers and of course, chocolate. Myriad Botanical Gardens serves up the romance this month, along with a hearty assortment healthy lifestyle, botanic and entertainment offerings.

Immerse your senses in nature’s expressions of love – “The Poetree Show” pairs the sensuality of hundreds of orchids and more with the emotion of poetry for the Gardens’ 2018 Orchid Show. In the Crystal Bridge’s south lobby indulge in the visual feast of “Jardim do Amor/Garden of Love” artworks by local artist Skip Hill.

Learn about chocolate – it’s a fruit! Drink it hot and hunt for the delicacy in the conservatory. Wear your heart on your sleeve at “Valentine’s Sweets, Eats & Beats” and bring your whole crew to celebrate the Lunar New Year with Boba Tea, food trucks, music and festive lion dancers.

Whether you’re looking to beat cabin fever with rejuvenating yoga, planning your spring garden or seeking a stay-cation to beat the winter doldrums in the tropical Crystal Bridge, the Myriad Botanical Gardens brings a delightful menu of delicious, entertaining and educational offerings for February.

KIDS & FAMILIES

Reading Wednesdays

  • February 14, 21 & 28
  • Every Wednesday, 10am
  • 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. 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.

Little Sapling Series

  • February 27 and March 13 & 27, 10 – 11am
  • Every Other Tuesday, January – March
  • Children’s Garden (Terrace Room in inclement weather)
  • Members $3; Nonmembers $4
  • Best for ages 2-5
  • REGISTER HERE

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. Experience activities such as making mud pies, watching caterpillars grow, making bird seed ornaments, or potting up seeds. Every Little Saplings event will include a sensory bin, a song, and a game.

Lunar New Year at the Gardens: Year of the Dog

  • Friday, February 16, 4-8pm
  • Water Stage, Crystal Bridge and Park House Event Center
  • $15 per Year of the Dog T-Shirt
  • $2 per food ticket to be redeemed with our onsite vendors
  • Crystal Bridge South Lobby
  • $2 suggested donation for crafts
  • ALL AGES WELCOME!

We are partnering up with our friends from Super Cao Nguyen in the OKC Asian District to celebrate the Lunar New Year! Join us for an evening of music, face painting and fun for the entire family. The Gardens will have lion dancers from the St. Andrew Dung-Lac Lion Dance Association, festive décor, crafts for the kids, cultural presentations, calligraphers to write your name in Chinese, food vendors/Boba Tea—in the Park House Event Center and t-shirts for sale. What better animal to celebrate with than dogs? Pet owners are encouraged to bring their dogs however they are only allowed the dog park and outside the Crystal Bridge. There will be several photos ops with Lunar dogs outside in the Gardens.

Sprouting Chefs: Fun and Fresh Lunches

  • Saturday, February 17, 11am-12:30pm
  • Terrace Room
  • Food for Thought
  • Member $15; Nonmember $20
  • Best for ages 7-11
  • Register by February 15
  • REGISTER ONLINE

Start the Lunar New Year off right with a healthy cooking class for kids. We’ll learn the basics of making healthy, easy dishes that your little ones will love. Families will work together to create a few nutritious lunch options and leave with the skills and inspiration to continue the fun at home. 

Strictly for the Birds

  • Saturday, February 24, 11 – 11:45am
  • Children’s Garden Porch
  • Abigail Curry, Children’s Garden Manager
  • Member $3; Nonmember $5
  • Best for ages 5-9
  • Register by Tuesday, February 20
  • REGISTER ONLINE

Join us for a morning of bird-brained education and craft making.  Learn how to make your backyard a bird-friendly habitat with plants and make a bird feeder to further welcome birds to your yard.

Reading Wednesday with the Metropolitan Downtown Library

  • February 28, 10am
  • Crystal Bridge South Lobby
  • FREE
  • Best for ages 2-5

On the last Wednesday of every month, we’re excited to welcome the Downtown Metro Library to Reading Wednesdays! Library staff will be onsite with their pop-up library where you can sign your family up for library cards, or will be working with the Myriad Gardens to provide the reading and a fun craft. 

ADULTS

Yoga in the Gardens

  • Sponsored by Tinker Federal Credit Union
  • February 19 & 26, 5:45pm
  • Instructed by Lisa Woodard from This Land Yoga
  • Every Tuesday, 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.

Orchid Show Preview Party and Poetry Reading

  • Thursday, February 15, 5-7pm
  • Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory & South Lobby
  • Members $10; Nonmembers $15
  • REGISTER HERE

Join us for a first look at this year’s Orchid Show as we celebrates the long history of poetry inspired by plants and flowers. Our horticulture team will be bringing poetry to life in the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory using tropical flowers, orchids and other props in displays inspired by famous poems. Local poets will also be sharing original works during our poetry reading. Feel free to bring a copy of your favorite poem as attendees will be able to participate in our poetry reading as well. Appetizers will be provided along with a cash bar.

Myriad Kitchen: An Intro to Healthy Cooking

  • Saturday, February 17, Noon–2pm
  • Water Plaza Room
  • Member $20; Nonmember $27
  • Kamala Gamble and Barbara Mock, Chefs, Guilford Gardens and Kam’s Kookery
  • Register by February 13
  • REGISTER HERE

Enjoy a delicious lunch that will taste so good you’ll have trouble believing it’s healthy. The program includes an overview of: eating well and using in-season fresh fruits and vegetables; adding flavor with fresh and dried herbs; and best methods for healthy cooking.

Introduction to Growing Plants for New Gardeners

  • Tuesday, February 27, 6-7pm
  • Crystal Bridge 2nd Floor Conference Room
  • Members $5; Nonmembers $7
  • Ann Fleener, Director of Education, Myriad Gardens
  • Register by Friday, February 23
  • REGISTER HERE

This three part series serves as an introduction to the basics of growing ornamental garden plants including trees, shrubs and perennial flowers and grasses. Each class includes handouts on plant lists and maintenance guidelines. Part 1 in February will cover trees and discuss the best trees to grow in OKC and how to plant and maintain them.  The other dates are March 27 and April 24, 6-7pm.

Gardens Walking Tour

  • February 24, 10-11am
  • Last Saturday of Every Month, 10am
  • South Lobby and Garden Grounds
  • FREE
  • Walkups Welcome

Expand your Oklahoma plant knowledge and get inspiration for your garden with our educational walking tours. Each month will feature different plants from our outdoor collection that make great choices for our region – from winter color to drought tolerant and more. Self –guided plant tour handouts are also available in our South Lobby.

Senior Wellness Wednesday

  • Wednesday, February 28, 9 – 10:30am
  • Park House Event Center and Crystal Bridge
  • Member: $12 includes activities in the Park House Event Center and admission to the Crystal Bridge
  • Nonmember: $15 includes activities in the Park House Event Center and admission to the Crystal Bridge
  • ALL SENIORS Crystal Bridge admission is $2 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Best for ages 62+
  • REGISTER HERE

Join us for a 30 minute heart healthy exercise class, followed by a heart healthy cooking /wine demo and tasting with Kam’s Kookery. End your visit with a walk through the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory. This is the first part of a three month series focusing on betterment of Senior’s mind, body and soul. Other dates include March 28 and April 25.

EXHIBITS

‘Jardim do Amor/Garden of Love’ Works by Skip Hill

  • February 1 – March 23, 2018
  • South Lobby, Crystal Bridge
  • FREE to the public during Crystal Bridge hours:
  • Monday-Saturday, 9am-5pm; Sunday, 11am-5pm
  • Proceeds from art sales benefit the Myriad Gardens Foundation

Skip Hill creates color rich and lyrical art exuding moods of epicurean delights in a mélange of sensual and sensory experience. Some of the most captivating parts of his mixed-media drawings are in their peripheral details – Tattoo expressive patterning, looping graphic lines, kinetic scribbling, Kanji calligraphy and African motifs. Like a shaman, Hill communicates freely between two worlds, between dream and reality, and manages to artfully coordinate his fantasy with his hand.

The “Poetree” Show

  • February 16-March 24, 2018
  • Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory
  • Free with Crystal Bridge admission $8 adults, $7 seniors/students/military.
  • FREE for members of the Gardens

Plants have long served as an inspiration for poetry. For the 2018 orchid show, poetry will be the inspiration for our annual floral displays. Curated and arranged by Nate Tschaenn, director of horticulture and resident orchid expert, the Crystal Bridge will be filled with hundreds of spectacular orchids and tropical flowers featured in exhibits inspired by some of our favorite poems. Visit myriadgardens.org for related events.