May in the Myriad Gardens

 

May in the Gardens is going to be SO FUN! We’ve got Dancing in the Gardens, OKC Garden Fest, Full Moon Bike Rides & Runs and barre3 workouts BACK. We’ve got great classes for kids and adults. Two major events include the 4th annual Splendor in the Gardens and the Irrigation and Water Conservation Workshop. Please join us! Something for everyone. 

MAJOR EVENTS

Full Moon Bike Ride and Run sponsored by Stephenson Cancer Center

  • Tuesday, May 29, 8pm run; 8:30pm ride
  • Meet at the Band Shell by the Devon Lawn
  • $5 per person to participate
  • Fill out your liability waiver in advance here

Runners and cyclists, take your mark! It’s time to for the Myriad Gardens’ much-loved annual Full Moon Bike and Run. 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! Ride OKC will have their trailer onsite for people of all ages to rent bikes. Lights and helmet are required to participate. Those who pay $5 will be entered in a drawing for prizes from Schlegel Bicycles. 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. OK Runner, Schlegel Bicycles, and Ride OKC will lead ride and run safety workshops 15 minutes prior to the event start time.

Other rides are: Thursday, June 21 on Summer Solstice; Thursday, July 26; Monday, August 27 and Monday, September 24, 7pm run; 7:30pm ride.

CHILDREN AND FAMILIES

Reading Wednesdays

  • Wednesdays, May 2, 9, 16, and 23, 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.

 Little Sapling Series

  • Every Other Tuesday, May 22, 10 – 11am
  • Children’s Garden (South Lobby Reading Nook in inclement weather)
  • Members $3; Nonmembers $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.

Family Prairie Exploration

  • Friday, May 25, 2-3pm
  • 2nd Floor Conference Room and Prairie Garden
  • Member $4; Nonmember $5
  • Best for ages 7 to 11
  • Register by Tuesday, May 22 
  • REGISTER HERE

Explore Oklahoma’s native prairie landscape in the heart of downtown. The class will start with a learning session about the parts of a flower and a craft, then kids will discover the rare and wonderful plants that live in the prairie. The class will end with a scavenger hunt in the Myriad Gardens’ own Prairie Garden, finding the beautiful flowers and grasses the kids learned about earlier.

SOLD OUT: Flights of Fancy: Fairy Houses

  • Saturday, May 26, 11am-noon
  • Member $5; Nonmember $6
  • Best for ages 5 to 9
  • Abigail Curry, Children’s Garden Manager

c and all are invited to believe at Flights of Fancy. The event will begin with a fanciful fairy story, then fairy seekers will head to the Children’s Garden to gather supplies to make fairy houses. Kids will love building their houses to attract mystical and illusive fairies.

Reading Wednesday with the Downtown Library

  • Wednesday, May 30, 10-11am
  • Crystal Bridge South Lobby
  • FREE
  • Best for ages 2 to 5

On the last Wednesday of every month, we’re excited to welcome the Downtown Library to Reading Wednesdays! Library staff will be on-site to do normal reading and craft as well as a fun, additional activity.

Family Workshop: Dino Terrariums

  • Thursday, May 31, 2-3pm
  • 2nd Floor Conference Room
  • Member $9; Nonmember $11
  • Best for ages 6 to 10
  • Register by Friday, May 25 
  • REGISTER HERE

Travel back to prehistoric days of dinosaurs by creating your own mini dino garden. Kids will learn how to care for a terrarium, what the plants need to survive and what our tiny dinosaurs need. Each child will get to create a small terrarium to take home with their own dinosaur model and plant to take care of.

ADULTS

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.

Gardens Walking Tour

  • Saturday, May 26, 10-11am
  • South Lobby and Garden Grounds
  • FREE
  • Walkups Welcome
  • Every last Saturday of the month

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.