July in the Gardens

July in the Gardens

COOL FUN IN THE SUMMERTIME

Myriad Botanical Gardens brings movies, fitness, dancing, camping and more to downtown OKC

Myriad Botanical Gardens packs the July calendar with tons of outdoor excitement, from learning activities and fitness fun, to the first campout on The Devon Lawn’s soft grass under the stars. Every day offers a new chance to spend quality time in downtown’s most beautiful destination — whether it’s spreading out blankets for SONIC Movie Nights, or dancing the night away to hip hop music, Myriad Botanical Gardens is the place to get active, build new experiences and celebrate summer in the city.

Weekly Walkups

  • Through August 10, Monday-Friday, 10am – Noon
  • Children’s Garden Porch
  • Drop-in activities; $2 suggested donation per child
  • Come to the Children’s Garden for some fun activities that explore the world of plants. 
  • 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.  We’ll make a summer full of fun garden crafts like 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 shapes of 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 and then 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.  We’ll 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 you on a discovery of nature in the Children’s Garden with all of its shapes, textures, and beautiful colors.  Use fun tools like magnifying lenses and binoculars, as you wind your way through the garden!

SONIC Summer Movie Night presented by SONIC Drive-In

  • Sponsored by Casady Square Orthodontics and Platt College
  • The Devon Lawn
  • Pre-Show Activities 7pm
  • Movie begins at 9pm when the sun sets
    • July 18—Space Jam
    • July 25—Muppet Movie
    • August 1—Oklahoma! 1955 Version

Presented by SONIC Drive-In. Join us each Wednesday on The Devon Lawn for movies, activities, food and lots of fun. Thanks to SONIC these movies screenings are 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. New this year face painting offered every week—prices vary between $5-$10. For movie descriptions, entertainment and food truck lineup for each movie visit myriadgardens.org.

Little Sapling Series

  • Every other Tuesday
  • July 17 & 31; August 14, 28; September 11, 25, 10 – 11am
  • Children’s Garden Porch 
  • Member $3; Nonmember $4
  • Best for ages 2 to 5
  • Register by Friday before 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. 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.

Yoga Series Sponsored by Tinker Federal Credit Union and Stephenson Cancer Center

  • Tuesdays, July 17, 24 & 31, 5:45pm
  • Giveaway Sponsor Athleta
  • Members: $5; Nonmember: $10
  • Late arrivals not accepted after 5:50pm
  • Meet in the North Lobby for check-in—location varies, you must collect a wristband from the north lobby in order to participate

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

Tropical Treats

  • Wednesday, July 18, 1- 2pm
  • 2nd Floor Conference Room
  • Member $8; Nonmember $10
  • Best for ages 6 to 10
  • Register by Friday, July 13 HERE

Learn about the plants we use to make tasty tropical popsicles and ice cream as we explore the Crystal Bridge Conservatory. We’ll go on a scavenger hunt for plants such as the chocolate tree, the coconut tree and the vanilla orchid, then make a colorful craft and end with a refreshing, tropical popsicle from Pitchfork in the Park.

Ladies’ Night Out: Floral Designs

  • Friday, July 20, 7-8:30pm
  • Park House Event Center
  • Member $45; Nonmember $55
  • Chelsea Hughes, Asst. Maintenance Supervisor, Calvert’s Interior Plants
  • Register by Monday, July 16 HERE

Gather your friends, sisters, and mother for a party with light refreshments and soothing tunes as you learn the basics and finer points of fashioning floral arrangements. No experience necessary!  Please bring pruners and a bag to take your arrangements home.

Family Workshop: Sun Prints

  • Saturday, July 21, 2-4pm
  • 2nd Floor Conference Room
  • Member $10; Nonmember $11
  • Jeanne Parkhurst, local educator and teaching artist
  • Best for ages 6 to 10
  • Register by Tuesday, July 17 HERE

Take advantage of summer’s sunny days! Jeanne will teach participants about sun prints, also known as blue prints or cyanotypes. This simple process was one of the earliest forms of photography without using a camera. We will use the conservatory as inspiration to create our own images for sun soaked pictures. Cool drinks and shady areas will be provided while our prints do their thing outdoors!

Leafy Living: Garden Camp for Kids

  • Monday, July 23 and Tuesday, July 24, 8am- 12pm
  • 2nd Floor Conference Room and Garden Grounds
  • Member $60; Nonmember $70
  • Best for ages 6 to 10
  • Register by Wednesday, July 18 HERE

Kids will become expert garden adventurers in this camp focused on healthy living and nature. Each day will include a gardening lesson, basic cooking class, nature scavenger hunt and crafts. Kids will head home with the enthusiasm and skills to continue exploring nature, staying active, helping out in the garden and creating their own, healthy snacks.

Designing Your Fall Garden

  • Saturday, July 21, 2018, 10am-Noon
  • 2nd Floor Conference Room
  • Member $14; Nonmember $19
  • Lori Coats, My Raggedy Herbs
  • Register by Thursday, July 19 HERE

Fall vegetable gardening can be one of the most pleasant times to grow your own food in Oklahoma, yet often overlooked.  In this class, Backyard Kitchen Gardener and owner of My Raggedy Herbs, Lori Coats, will guide you in planning an autumn garden space, identify proper planting dates and select the best-suited varieties for Zone 7.  Once you understand how wonderful gardening can be in cooler temperatures, you may expand your garden!

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
  • Thursday, July 26,  8pm run, 8:30pm ride
  • Monday, August 27, 8pm run, 8:30pm ride
  • Monday, September 24, 7pm run, 7:30pm ride
  • $5 per person to participate, register and fill out your liability waiver in advance here

Runners and cyclists, take your mark! Our Full Moon Bike Ride and Run continues. 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.

Smart Gardening: Growing Food Made Easy

  • Saturday, July 28, 10am-Noon
  • 2nd Floor Conference Room and Garden Grounds
  • Member $10; Nonmember $12
  • Dale Spoonemore, From Seed to Spoon
  • Register by Thursday, July 26
  • REGISTER HERE

Growing your own food is a smart choice. Just ask Dale Spoonemore, a self-taught horticulturist, who transformed his once empty backyard into an efficient organic food farm.  By growing his food, Dale has saved money and improved his health.  Listen as Dale explains how he embraced innovative gardening approaches to expand nutritional selections for his young family. Dale’s self-designed sustenance gardening smartphone app will be one of many tools he will exhibit, so you too, can easily grow your own food.

Cycling and Succulents: Cyclegiving Benefiting the Gardens

  • Saturday, July 28, 1:30pm
  • Cycle Bar on Classen Curve
  • Cost per person is $25, proceeds benefit the Myriad Gardens Foundation
  • REGISTER HERE

Join us at for a fun and charitable exercise class at Cyclebar in Classen Curve on Saturday, July 28 at 1:30pm for “Cyclegiving,” a unique fundraiser that will benefit the Myriad Gardens Foundation. The cost is $25 per rider and ALL proceeds will go directly to the Myriad Gardens. After the class we will provide succulent cupcakes to class participants. This Cyclebar ride has something for everyone with a rocking mix of strength, endurance, challenges, hills, and drills.

Foodie Friday’s with Hall’s Pizza Kitchen

  • Seasonal Plaza
  • Friday, July 27, 8-10pm
  • *Must be 21 or older to attend: Beer included with meal thanks to a generous donation from Coop Ale Works
  • Member: $25; Nonmember: $30
  • REGISTER HERE

Join us for an evening of pizza, beer, trivia, lawn games and music under the stars. Each guest will receive two slices of pizza and a dessert from Hall’s Pizza Kitchen, a 12 oz. beer from Coop Ale Works   and a commemorative beer glass to take home. Additional food and drinks can be purchase at the Hall’s Pizza Kitchen food truck, Pitchfork in the Park and the bar from Double Shot Bar Services. Space is limited so be sure to register by Thursday, July 26 at noon.