March in the Gardens

 

MARCH

March is a very special month in the Myriad Gardens – it’s our 30th anniversary! We opened in 1988 and are so grateful to our visionaries who made the Gardens possible. We honor the history and look forward to a very bright future. This month we celebrate seeds and seed starting, Dr. Seuss, Easter, St. Patrick’s Day, syrup, gardening, spring, spring break and more! Here’s a list: 

KIDS & FAMILIES

Reading Wednesdays

  • March 21 & 28, April 4, 11, 18 & 25
  • 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.

Spring Has Sprung in the Children’s Garden

  • Saturday, March 24, 11am–Noon
  • Children’s Garden Porch
  • Abigail Curry, Children’s Garden Manager
  • Member $5; Nonmember $7
  • Best for ages 5-9
  • Register by Tuesday, March 20
  • REGISTER HERE

Join us in the Children’s Garden to celebrate the arrival of spring! We’ll start by planting seeds in and decorating take home flower pots, and end with a decorating bonanza. Kiddos will be able to take painted pine cones and hang them all over the Children’s Garden to welcome in the season.

30th Anniversary of the Myriad Botanical Gardens & Crystal Bridge

  • Sunday, March 25, 11am–5pm
  • FREE admission

The Myriad Botanical Gardens and Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory opened on March 25, 1988. Since then we’ve hosted millions of visitors, thousands of events, weddings, proposals and more. Visitors have enjoyed bountiful plantings, beautiful spring bulbs and more. We will remember the past 30 years with gratitude and celebrate the exciting future.

Little Sapling Series

  • March 27, 10–11am
  • Children’s Garden (South Lobby in inclement weather)
  • Member $3; Nonmember $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.

Sensory Sensitive Easter Evening

  • Thursday, March 29, 6–8pm
  • Crystal Bridge South Lobby
  • Member: $10, best for ages 0-12
  • Nonmember $12, best for ages 0-12
  • Adults FREE
  • REGISTER HERE

Join us inside the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory for an Easter Evening tailored for families with special needs children. This is not an Easter Egg Hunt, but a fun-filled evening for families and typically developing siblings. We will have festive booths and activities for children to visit and collect eggs and each child is guaranteed 20 eggs. Don’t forget your Easter basket! The Easter Bunny will have a designated spot for photos.

In Touch with Trees: Oklahoma Arbor Week Celebration

  • Thursday, March 29, Two time slots: 10–11am or 11am–Noon
  • Terrace Room and Garden Grounds
  • Member $6; Nonmember $8
  • Best for ages 5-12
  • Register by Monday, March 26
  • REGISTER HERE

Come celebrate Oklahoma Arbor Day with a fun, educational morning all about our friendly and vital neighbors: the trees! We’ll learn what trees do for us by playing some educational games and end with a tree-inspired craft to take home. Geared towards homeschool families but all are welcome. Two time slots – choose what works best for your family.

Doggy Easter Egg Hunt Sponsored by Midtown Vets

  • Saturday, March 31, 12:30–1:30pm
  • Great Lawn, Band Shell and Sheridan Lawn
  • Member: $5 per dog; Nonmember: $10 per dog
    • *Small Dog 45 lbs or less, Large Dogs 45 lbs or more
  • REGISTER HERE

The fourth annual Dog Easter Egg Hunt at the Gardens is on! This year we’ve separated it into two hunts one for small dogs at 12:30 p.m. and one for large dogs at 1 p.m. Bring your leashed dog to the Great Lawn for a tail-wagging good time. When your dog touches one of the plastic eggs with their nose, into your basket it goes. Pup prizes for the lucky pooches who sniff out eggs with stickers. Dogs must be leashed and have proof of current vaccinations.

Family Workshop: Natural Easter Egg Dyeing

  • Saturday, March 31, 1-2:30pm
  • Terrace Room
  • Member $12; Nonmember $15
  • Best for ages 6-10
  • Register by Tuesday, March 27
  • REGISTER HERE

Create Easter egg masterpieces using natural materials from the garden. We’ll discuss the tradition of dyeing Easter eggs and go over the materials we’ll use and where they came from. Then we’ll get to creating – using natural plant dyes and materials to create fun patterns and colors. 4 eggs per child.

Easter Egg Fun in the Gardens & Eggstravaganza

  • Sponsored by TFCU and Goldfish Swim School
  • Saturday, March 31, 2:30pm
  • Great Lawn
  • Best for ages 0-8
  • Wristband: Members $8; Nonmembers $10
  • Adults FREE
  • After the hunt is done, Easter Eggstravangza family activities begin at 3 p.m. and is open for all children (0-8 years-old) with wristbands.
  • GET DETAILS ON REGISTRATION HERE

*Member registration opens February 26 for both events. Non-Member registration opens March 5 for both events.

Easter Egg Hunt begins promptly at 2:30 p.m.—limited number of spaces, this program usually sells out early

We will begin the day with our traditional Easter Egg Hunt. This is best for ages 8 and under. We will rope the Great Lawn into sections for age groups and let your child hunt eggs. The Egg Hunt begins promptly at 2:30 p.m.—late arrivals could miss the fun. A limited number of spaces are available for this event. Our Easter Bunny will be onsite to take photos, after your Egg Hunt, stick around for our Easter Eggstravanganza—wristbands are good for all day activities.

Easter Eggstravanganza is not a hunt but a fun-filled afternoon for the entire family with face painting, Easter games such as Egg Roll and Bunny Hop and an Easter Hat Parade, music, food trucks and tulips for sale. Participants can visit various festive booths that include an Easter activity as they collect a guaranteed 20 eggs per child and receive a printed photo with the Easter Bunny to take home. Tinker Federal Credit Union’s Save-A-Tron will be onsite and a few lucky children will win $200 SaveAbles Kids Club accounts. A performance by the Sugar Free Allstars at 4:30 p.m. caps off the afternoon.

ADULTS

Yoga in the Gardens

  • Sponsored by Tinker Federal Credit Union
  • March 27, April 3, 10, 17 & 24, 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 Woodard 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.

Myriad Kitchen: Take Your Salads to a Whole New Level

  • Saturday, March 24, 1-3pm
  • Terrace Room
  • Member $15; Nonmember $20
  • Donna Jung, RD/LD, FCS/4-H, Extension educator in Canadian County
  • REGISTER HERE
Salads can be amazingly tasty or unfortunately sometimes, amazingly bland but if you know a few tricks you can add tons of taste to your salad without compromising on healthiness. Hear healthy tips that will make any salad more delicious and then enjoy a demonstration and sample sizes of two salads: Broccoli Tortellini Salad and Eight Layer Salad. We’ll end by creating a delicious Kale Salad we’ll each take home for dinner.

Senior Wellness Wednesday

  • Wednesday, March 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 at Crystal Bridge are $2 from 9am-5pm
  • Best for ages 62+
  • REGISTER HERE

Join us for a 30 minute exercise class lead by the YMCA, followed by an interactive discussion on keeping a healthy brain by the Alzheimer’s Association in the Park House Event Center. End your visit with a walk through the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory. This is the second part of our three month series focusing on betterment of Senior’s mind, body and soul. The final date is April 25. Seniors that don’t want to participate in the exercise class and brain games can get a reduced rate at the Crystal Bridge from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. of $2 per person.

Introduction to Growing Plants for New Gardeners

  • Tuesday, March 27 and April 24, 6 – 7pm
  • Crystal Bridge 2nd Floor Conference Room
  • Member $5; Nonmember $7
  • Register by Friday prior 
  • 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.

Part 2 in March will focus on shrubs– including spring and summer flowering deciduous shrubs as well as evergreen varieties. You’ll learn about the ten best shrubs that thrive in our region.
Part 3 in April will discuss perennial flowers and grasses, focusing on the best varieties for our tough climate that add color and interest each season. We’ll discuss easy maintenance tips for these great plants.

EXHIBITS

OKSeed Display and Interactive Exhibits

  • March 1 through April 30
  • Crystal Bridge South Lobby and Garden Room
  • FREE

Learning how to grow your plants from seeds is a fun, fascinating and fulfilling experience for all ages. When you know how to start seeds, a much wider world of exciting plant options open up to you from the newest hybrids to rarer heirloom varieties and you save a lot of money on plant purchases.

Seed starting is easy if you understand some basic tips and techniques. Our exhibit will showcase various ways to start seeds at home that can be transplanted into your outdoor flower or vegetable garden or directly sown in your garden.

You’ll see and learn about: containers, soil mixes, lighting options, watering, fertilizing, thinning, and transplanting techniques and more. The displays will also help you learn how to avoid common germination and growing problems like inadequate lighting to disease prevention tips.

OKSeed Walkups

  • Every Saturday in March 10am–3pm, Sundays, 12–3pm
  • Crystal Bridge South Lobby and Garden Room
  • Member $2; Nonmembers $4

Drop in between 10am and 3pm Saturdays during OKSeed Starting exhibit to learn about seed starting. All ages can select from an interesting variety of flower, vegetable and herb seeds and pot up some to take home and grow. Fees for potting up seeds will vary depending upon quantity of seeds and containers selected.

‘Jardin 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 Orchid & Poetry 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.