June in the Gardens

June in the Gardens

June in the Gardens


Children’s Garden Festival inspired by A.A. Milne’s Winnie the Pooh

  • June 8 through 17, 10am-5pm daily
  • Admission is free for members and children ages 2 and under;
  • $6 per person and $10 with the Crystal Bridge admission.
  • $6 Build-A-Bear Paid Craft

Journey into the land of Pooh, Piglet and Tigger too as the Children’s Garden is transformed into Christopher Robin’s 100 Acre Wood. Crafts, activities and imaginative displays will capture the essence of one of America’s most beloved children’s stories.

Sponsored by Devon Energy, the E.L. and Thelma Gaylord Foundation, Jean and David McLaughlin, Tinker Federal Credit Union and Goldfish Swim School, the 10-day festival runs June 8 through 17, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is free for members and children ages 2 and under; $6 per person and $10 with the Crystal Bridge admission. To become a member join online HERE.


Dancing in the Gardens featuring Bollywood

  • Friday, June 1
  • Dance Lessons, 7-8pm
  • FREE Dance, 8-10pm
  • Seasonal Plaza
  • FREE, all ages welcome!

Dancing in the Gardens continues with Bollywood! Join us as we transform the Seasonal Plaza into an urban dance space. Beginning at 7 p.m. Instructors from the OU Indian Student Association will give a dance demonstration followed by a FREE lesson for all. At 8 p.m. DJ Lite BRiTE will crank up the tunes to get the dancing started. Drink and food specials from Pitchfork in the Park will be offered to highlight the night.

New this year: Henna designs and face painting by Kaleidoscope Arts will be available throughout the evening—price vary between $5-$10.

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

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.

Barre3 in the Gardens

  • Monday, June 4, 7-8pm
  • Great Lawn and Band Shell
  • Bring yoga mat and water
  • Recommended for adults, children welcome
  • FREE

Barre3 will have their second night in the Gardens for another FREE community outdoor fitness. Barre3 mixes athleticism, grace, and the latest innovations designed to balance the body. Other dates are July 9, August 6 and on September 10, from 7-8pm and October 1 from 6 to 7 p.m.

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 

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.

SONIC Summer Movie Night

  • Great Lawn and Band Shell
  • FREE
  • June 20, Despicable Me 3
  • June 27, Little Giants
  • NO MOVIE on 4th of JULY
  • July 11, Paddington 2
  • July 18, Space Jam
  • July 25, Muppet Movie
  • August 1, Oklahoma! Sing-a-Long (1955), presented by SONIC, sponsored by the Oklahoma History Center

A much-loved summer tradition is back thanks to our sponsor SONIC, America’s Drive-In! Join us each Wednesday on the Great Lawn for movies, activities, food and lots of fun. Thanks to SONIC these movies are completely FREE. Come early to get a great seat. Bring a picnic or enjoy food from Pitchfork in the Park or from our line-up of food trucks. New this year, face painting offered every week. Prices vary between $5 to $10.

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

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.

Summer Solstice Celebration

  • In-kind sponsor McAlister’s Deli
  • Sponsored by Athleta
  • Thursday, June 21, 7:30-10pm
  • Great Lawn and Band Shell
  • The overall event is FREE—food, beverages and certain activities cost see prices below
    • $8 to create a flower crown, $3 butterfly wing craft; $3/$4 lavender cookies; $4 pint of blackberries

Celebrate the longest day of the year and onset of summer in the Gardens. Choose from a variety of activities including free yoga with This Land Yoga at 7:30 p.m., the Full Moon Bike Ride and Run with Schlegel Bicycles at 8:30 p.m. and OK Runner at 8 p.m., make flower crowns with New Leaf Florist, contribute to a community mandala with local artist Zepyhr Andrews, and listen to acoustic guitar performance by Aaron Newman. Children’s activities include making butterfly wings for $3; or create a FREE coffee filter sun catcher fortune teller. Kaleidoscope Arts and Moonflower Face and Body Art will be there for summer face painting ($5-$10) and we invite all to participate in a weaving loom.

Enjoy yummy treats from our onsite food vendors including McAlister’s Deli: FREE tea to the first 200 guests ; Green Goodies: Lavender cookies ($3) and lavender cupcakes ($4); A pint of blackberries from Agape House Berry Farm ($4); Pitchfork in the Park boxed dinner including Farm House Salad, choice of Coop Beer, Water/Tea and a Lavender Popsicle ($12). Food vendors are Kona Ice, Midway Deli, Let’s Do Greek and Bambu. Create this flower crown designed by New Leaf Florist for $8. Advanced registration available here

Full Moon Bike Ride and Run presented by Stephenson Cancer Center

Sponsored by OK Runner, Schlegel Bicycles, Ride OKC and Athleta

  • June 21, 8pm run, 8:30pm ride
  • Meet at the Band Shell by the Great Lawn
  • $5 per person to participate; Register online in advance here
  • Fill out your liability waiver in advance here

Our favorite health and wellness activity is back! Join other runners in a 5K, led by OK Runner, through the scenic downtown area as the sun sets. Those who pay $5 will be entered in a drawing to win prizes. Bring your bike and meet up for a leisurely one-hour ride. Downtown-area routes are specifically planned by Schlegel Bicycles. Don’t have a bike? Use Spokies Bike Share or Ride OKC, who will have their trailer on-site for people of all ages to rent bikes. Lights and helmet are required to participate. 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 Bus Loop.

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.

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

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!

International Mud Day sponsored by Tinker Federal Credit Union

  • Friday, June 29, 10am & 4pm
  • Great Lawn and Band Shell
  • 10am-12pm: Best for ages 0 to 6
  • 4-6pm: Best for ages 7 to 13
  • Register by Thursday, June 28
  • Member: $5; Nonmember $10
  • Adults accompanying children are FREE

Unleash your inner child or your actual child and rediscover the beauty of mud at International Mud Day at the Gardens. Sink your hands into the stuff and you’ll instantly feel happier, healthier and even smarter. Create clay critters to take home with House of Clay and, if the spirit moves you, take a mud bath in the dirty, yet delightful mess. Kids will get goggles thanks to our sponsor Tinker Federal Credit Union to protect their eyes and a clean-up station will be available to wash up.

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

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

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.

Myriad Kitchen: Pies

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

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.

Yoga Series

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.