March into the Gardens

March into the Gardens

March is one of our favorite months of the year in the Myriad Botanical Gardens! Our very popular Oklahoma Garden School returns March 11, and it’s reaching a sellout. We have fun events including Adventure Week March 13-16 during Spring Break and St. Patrick’s Day fun on Friday, March 17.  Great classes are happening like the Seed Starting with Gardens’ executive director Maureen Heffernan. Spring classes for kids; walking tours, yoga and more! We’re also introducing a new Crystal Bridge floral exhibit Kaleidoscope of Colors that’s sure to wow visitors.


Kids & Families

Wednesday, March 1, 10 – 11am

Reading Wednesday Celebrates Dr. Seuss

  • South Lobby
  • Special Guest, The Cat in the Hat
  • FREE ($2 suggested donation)
  • Best for ages 2-7
  • Walk-ups welcome

Join us for a special Reading Wednesday event to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday and his wonderful books. We’ll have everyone’s favorite character, Cat In the Hat, here to read stories and tell fun Dr. Seuss facts.  Between story times, kids can make Dr. Seuss-inspired crafts and take photos with our quirky cat visitor. 


Monday, March 13 through Thursday, March 16, 10am – 2pm

Adventure Week at the Gardens!

The weather is warming, the sun is shining and the flowers are blooming! Come celebrate Spring Break with us. Each day we will have hands-on activities and workshops under the pavilion and pavilion lawn. Join us inside the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory Discovery Room to find your inner builder, scientist, or detective. Then try your luck at our scavenger hunt inside the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory that houses more than 2,500 plants. End the afternoon with a trip to our outdoor Children’s Garden. Food trucks will be onsite during the lunch hour.


Friday, March 17, 10am – 2pm

Go Green, St. Patrick’s Day in the Gardens

  • Great Lawn & Bandshell, Sheridan Lawn
  • Music is FREE
  • Activities on the Sheridan Lawn $5 per person
  • Face painting costs vary depending on design

May the luck of the Irish be with you as we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. The fun begins with a performance by the Oklahoma Scottish Pipes and Drums. Create festive crafts, learn about Irish heritage and enjoy some Irish food on our Sheridan Lawn. Find out where our silly leprechaun hid the Garden’s pot of gold, listen to fun fiddling tunes, and don’t forget to wear green!


Saturday, March 25, 2 – 3pm

Spring Celebration

  • Water Plaza Room
  • Members $8; Nonmembers $10
  • Best for ages 6-10
  • Register by Tuesday, March 14

Come out and celebrate the start of spring with your family. We’ll learn about: bulb flowers that start off the season; dissect a bulb; and then each pot one up to take home. We’ll finish by creating a paper kite to go out and fly. 


March 29 10:30 – 11:30am

Bringing Gardens to Life

  • Terrace Room
  • Members $2; Nonmembers $3
  • Best for ages 2-5
  • Last Wednesday of each month

Stick around after Reading Wednesdays for this fun indoor activity that brings gardens to life, even when it’s cold outside! We will make a nature-based, take-home craft that relates to the book, such as bird seed ornaments or handprint trees. For groups of 10 or more call Lily Christman at (405) 445-5162.



Saturday, March 4, 10 – 11:30am

Seed Starting Workshop

  • Terrace Room
  • Instructor: Maureen Heffernan, Executive Director of Myriad Gardens and author of Burpee Seed Starter
  • Members $17; Nonmembers $21
  • Register by Wednesday, March 1

Starting your own plants from seed is fun, easy and a great way to save money on plants for your garden.  In this hands-on workshop, you will learn how to start annual flowers, vegetables and herbs, the best way to take care of your seeds as they grow and many more tips, techniques and tools helpful in seed starting.  All participants will plant up a variety of edible and flower seeds to take home and grow.


Friday, March 24, Noon – 1pm

Tree ID 101: Walk and Talk

  • South Lobby and Garden Grounds; Jerí Irby, Forester and Educator with Oklahoma Forestry Services
  • FREE ($5 Suggested Donation)
  • Register by Monday, March 20

Learn about fantastic new trees to add to your plant palate in this fun and informative walk. Jerí will introduce you to plant identification techniques and show you some tricks for identifying the trees we discuss.


Photo by Kelly D. Norris.

Saturday, March 11, 9am-4pm

Oklahoma Gardening School: The Layered Garden for Year-Round Beauty and Sustainability

Presented by Devon Energy

  • Devon Energy Auditorium
  • $35 members; $60 nonmembers; $20 students with ID
  • Optional box lunch $14
  • Register by Tuesday, March 7

Myriad Botanical Gardens’ annual Oklahoma Gardening School is the state’s premier annual horticultural symposium designed for home gardeners and professional horticulturists, garden designers and landscape architects. The Oklahoma Gardening School showcases local and national experts in gardening, plant selection and garden design.  Their illustrated talks and Q&A discussions help participants learn how to create and maintain more beautiful, sustainable and successful gardens in Oklahoma. Speakers will discuss how to select and attractively layer heights, shapes, colors, textures and bloom times of ground covers, perennials, shrubs and trees and grow them sustainably to save water and be environmentally-friendly to soil life, pollinators and other wildlife. 


March 10 through April 15, 2017

EXHIBIT: Kaleidoscope of Colors

  • Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory
  • Open during Crystal Bridge Hours:
  • Monday-Saturday, 9am-5pm; Sunday, 11am-5pm
  • $8 adults, $7 seniors/students/military
  • FREE for members & Children 3 & Under

Myriad Gardens presents a unique perspective on the colors of spring in its new orchid and spring flower show. Hundreds of orchids, spring flowers, and colorful tropicals in a rainbow of colors will be on display in exciting exhibits and arrangements that will dazzle the eye. Outside of the conservatory, see thousands more tulips, daffodils and other spring bulbs in our biggest celebration of spring ever!

Related events

 Saturdays, March 25, April 1 & 8, 11am

Kaleidoscope of Colors Guided Tours

  • FREE with admission to Crystal Bridge

Join one of our knowledgeable tour guides on a stroll through this year’s spring show. Learn all about the colorful orchids and tropical plants that make up the whimsical displays in the conservatory and how they use color to attract pollinators. You will also have the opportunity to see our unique and colorful outdoor bulb displays and learn how to use spring bulbs to add some color to your own garden.

Saturday, March 18, 11am-1pm

Painting in the Gardens with Wine & Palette: Kaleidoscope of Flowers

  • South Lobby, Crystal Bridge
  • Members $20; register by calling (405) 227-0230
  • Nonmembers $25; register here.

Join Wine and Palette at the Gardens to create a unique piece of art. On this day we’ll paint “Kaleidoscope of Flowers” on a 11” x 14” canvas.

Saturday, March 25, 11am – Noon

Attracting a Kaleidoscope of Pollinators to Your Yard

  • Water Plaza Room
  • Abby Curry, Children’s Garden Manager
  • Members $3; Nonmembers $5
  • Register by Tuesday, March 28

In this class, learn how to create a garden that will be attractive to you and pollinators. We’ll discuss ways to attract pollinators (insects, butterflies and birds) to your yard so that you have an explosion of flower color and an influx of all your favorite pollinators this spring and summer! Make a morning of it and join us beforehand for the Gardens Walking Tour at 10am.


Saturday, March 25, 10am

Gardens Walking Tour

  • South Lobby and Garden Grounds
  • Free
  • Walkups Welcome!
  • Last Saturday of the month

Join us to expand your Oklahoma plant knowledge and get great ideas for your yard. Each month changes as the plants grow through the seasons; in January and March we’ll discuss plants for water conservation and in February we’ll highlight plants for color. Can’t make it for the guided tour? Pick up a self-guided handout in our South Lobby.


Tuesdays, 5:45pm

Yoga in the Gardens

  • No late arrivals after 5:50pm
  • Meet in the South Lobby for check-in
  • Members FREE, Nonmembers $10
  • Must be at least 11 years old to participate

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

Every Wednesday, 10 – 11am

Reading Wednesdays

  • 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. Children will also enjoy creating a small craft after the story.  For groups of 10 or more please call Kodi Clifford at 405-835-6789.

Wednesdays, 5:45pm

Family Yoga in the Gardens

  • No late arrivals after 5:50pm
  • Meet in the South Lobby for check-in
  • Members $5, Nonmembers $10
  • Best for ages 5-10

Want to get keep your kids and yourself active during the winter months? Come to the Gardens each week for a fun family yoga course. Class participants should bring a yoga mat and water. This isn’t just for kids; this is for the ENTIRE family. Come, exercise and unwind from the day together. Classes will meet in the south lobby for check-in each week.