May in the Gardens Kicks Off With Plenty of Activity!

May in the Gardens Kicks Off With Plenty of Activity!

Our May 2018 in the Gardens is so packed and if the first week is any indicator, we are guaranteed to be a hub of activity in downtown nearly all 31 days. We look forward to seeing the return of event favorites! Additionally the Children’s Garden is reopening this week, thank you for your patience. Here’s a run down of this week alone. To get all of our May events visit here.


Yoga in the Gardens

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.


Reading Wednesdays

  • Wednesday, 10-11am
  • Crystal Bridge South Lobby
  • FREE
  • Best for ages 2 to 5

Bring your youngster for story time each Wednesday at 10 a.m. 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.

Children’s Garden Reopens! 

The Myriad Botanical Gardens will unveil new playground equipment designed for children with special needs. The equipment installation is made possible thanks do a $75,000 donation from the Thunderbird Telecom Pioneers, a nonprofit charitable organization that was organized in 1978 as the Oklahoma City Telephone Pioneer Council.  Members and their families will be in attendance as well as children from the Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital and Special Care. Officiating the “big reveal” will be Maureen Heffernan, executive director of Myriad Gardens. Read more 


Dancing in the Gardens

  • Friday, May 4 featuring Salsa!
  • Dance Lessons, 7-8pm
  • FREE Dance, 8-10pm
  • Seasonal Plaza
  • FREE, all ages welcome!

Dancing in the Gardens returns Friday, May 4, as one of the city’s favorite ways to spend an out-of-the box Friday night. On opening night, instructors from Clips n Hips will start the evening with a Salsa dance lesson at 7 p.m., followed by free dance lessons for all. At 8 p.m., D.J. Red Handed will spin Salsa tunes to really get the party started. Pitchfork in the Park will feature food and drink specials and a new addition to the festivities this year will be additional bars and booths inside the Park House Event Center and Pilar Designs outside for face painting. Park House events close at 10 p.m. but the dance party lasts until 11 p.m.  Other dances are June 1 – Bollywood; July 6 – Hip Hop; and August 3 – Country Western.


OKC Garden Fest

  • Saturday, May 5, 9am-4pm
  • Southwest Corner of the Gardens off Hudson
  • 30+ Made in Oklahoma vendors. Get the list here.
  • FREE

Myriad Gardens will again be the location OKC Garden Fest. The fourth annual event will be held Saturday, May 5 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The festival will feature herbs, perennials, roses, produce, pottery, jewelry, wineries, food products and food trucks. Activities for children will also be offered and there is no charge for attending. This year will again feature an area with information for those wanting to start a butterfly garden or Monarch Waystation, an intentionally-managed garden that offers food and habitat for the Monarch butterfly population. Several vendors will offer milkweed for Monarchs along with other pollinator friendly plants.

Painting in the Gardens: Folky Frida

  • Saturday, May 5, 11am-1pm
  • Water Stage
  • Member: $30 register (405) 227-0230
  • Nonmember: $35 register online here

Join Wine and Palette in celebrating Cinco de Mayo painting in the Gardens our homage to Frida Kahlo during the OKC Garden Festival at Myriad Botanical Gardens (16″×20″ wrapped canvas).

Irrigation and Water Conservation Workshop

  • Saturday, May 5, 10am-Noon
  • 2nd floor Conference Room and Garden Grounds
  • $5 per person
  • Register by Tuesday, May 1

Being a good steward of natural resources is a must these days. For the second annual Irrigation and Water Conservation Workshop you will learn the ins-and-outs of irrigating your lawn and plants so you can conserve water, time and money through smart irrigation practices. Coffee and a light breakfast will be provided. Special thanks to the City of Oklahoma City Water Conservation Program for making this workshop possible.

10-11AM: Dr. Lou Anella, professor and Director of The Botanic Garden at Oklahoma State University, will present an overview of landscape irrigation; what it is, why it’s helpful and some best practices. He’ll then discuss a revolutionary irrigation system installed at the OSU Botanic Garden, with tips for bringing the same ideas into your home garden. Finally, you’ll get hands on experience setting up a drip system together.

11AM-NOON: Robert Reaves, Water Conservation Coordinator with the City of Oklahoma City Utilities, will provide a hands-on, practical experience as he shows each of the components in an irrigation system, explaining how they work and how to make basic repairs to any system. He’ll also cover a few DIY options for saving money.


Barre3 FREE Community Workout in the Gardens

  • Monday, May 7, 7-8pm
  • Great Lawn and Band Shell
  • FREE

barre3 returns to the Gardens for another season of FREE community outdoor fitness. Barre3 mixes athleticism, grace, and the latest innovations designed to balance the body. Meet at the Great Lawn. We’ll be led by an amazing team from barre3. Bring your yoga mat, water and plenty of gusto! This is an amazing workout. 

This season’s dates are: May 7, June 4, July 9, August 6 from 7 to 8 p.m. and on September 10, and October 1 from 6 to 7 p.m.

Next week:

Tuesday, May 8

Wednesday, May 9

Saturday, May 12