April

FAMILIES & CHILDREN

Reading Wednesdays

  • Every Wednesday, 10 a.m.
  • 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 Saplings Series

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 Workshop: Cheerful Garden Markers

  • Friday, April 13, 10 to 11 a.m.
  • 2nd Floor Conference Room and Outdoor Grounds
  • Member $5; Nonmember $7
  • Best for ages 5 to 11
  • REGISTER HERE

Learn how to decorate your garden or small-space planters using unique items, from rocks to spoons. We’ll start with a walk around the garden grounds looking for inspiration, and then create our own plant markers and colorful decorations to take home.

Budding Artists

  • Saturday, April 14, 10 to 11 a.m.
  • Garden Room and Outdoor Grounds
  • Jeanne Parkhurst, art teacher extraordinaire
  • Member $8; Nonmember $10
  • Best for ages 7 to 11
  • REGISTER HERE

Welcome spring by creating colorful painted masterpieces of the garden grounds. Jeanne Parkhurst will get the art experience started by leading participants in practicing observational skills and basic drawing techniques. Then, the group will explore together, seeking of signs of spring and inspiration and then painting the things discovered.

Family Workshop: Flower and Leaf Pressing

  • Friday, April 20, 2 to 3 p.m.
  • 2nd Floor Conference Room
  • Member $10; Nonmember $12
  • Best for ages 6 to 11
  • Register by Tuesday, April 17
  • REGISTER HERE

Preserve your favorite leaves and flowers and turn them into art, bookmarks and cards at this creative workshop. Participants will learn how to press leaves and flowers, look at some already pressed samples and try their own hands at the art. Each child will leave with their own flower press to continue the harvesting and crafting at home.

Sprouting Chefs: Pasta Primavera

  • Saturday, April 28, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • 2nd Floor Conference Room
  • Member $11; Nonmember $14
  • Best for ages 7 to 11
  • Register by Tuesday, April 24 
  • REGISTER HERE

Kids will learn about different vegetables and how to prepare them as the class creates a fresh and flavorful pasta primavera. Participants will get to practice proper knife techniques, learn how to boil water and how to make perfectly-cooked pasta. The session will conclude with participants eating the tasty creations for a delicious and healthful learning and lunch experience. 

Jackson Pollock Seed Bomb Garden

  • Saturday, April 28, 1 to 3 p.m., come-and-go
  • Children’s Garden
  • Member $2; Nonmember $3
  • Abigail Curry, Children’s Garden Manager
  • Best for ages 5 to 9, but all ages welcome

Jackson Pollack was an artist whose canvases looked like color explosions. Young artists will make their own color explosion flower gardens using homemade seed bombs. We’ll make wildflower seed bombs and then we’ll toss them into a freshly dug garden bed. Later, come back to watch the ‘composition’ grow!  Kids will also make a few of your own seed bombs for their home gardens.

BIG EVENT! 

#OptOutside Oklahoma Presented by Fowler

  • Sunday, April 22, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Great Lawn and Bandshell
  • FREE, specific workshops are an additional cost

#OptOutside Oklahoma will inspire you to get outside, breathe in some fresh air and reconnect with Mother Nature and all her splendor. The program is designed to help people reconnect with each other and with the great outdoors by featuring some of the best options for camping and RV life. Visitors can even come Saturday at 7 p.m. to camp out in a fully furnished-tent! See the calendar for details. Visitors on Sunday will get to explore new and vintage trailers and airstreams on the Great Lawn, where outdoor life vignettes will include tents, chairs, cooking gear and bikes to bring along on your journeys. Water sports enthusiasts will enjoy the paddle boarding demonstration on the lake. Fly fishing demonstrations, bike lessons with Spokies/Ride OKC, SUP Yoga demonstrations with This Land Yoga, compass reading techniques and a fantastic group of vendors will bring outdoor living to the center of the city.   Vendors will include Homma Camp Co, En Root Barbershop, Sierra Club, This Land Yoga, Metz & Daughters, face painting with Moonflower Face and Body Art as well the following food trucks: Wicked Hangry, Pitchfork, Healthy Hippo and Let’s Do Greek.

ADULTS

Yoga Series in the Gardens

  • Sponsored by Tinker Federal Credit Union
  • Tuesdays, 5:45 p.m.
  • Late arrivals not accepted after 5:50 p.m.
  • Meet in the South Lobby for Check-In
  • Member $5; Nonmember $10
  • Must be 16 and older

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!

All About Starting Seeds

  • Saturday, April 14, 10 a.m. to Noon
  • 2nd Floor Conference Room
  • Member $17; Nonmember $21
  • Register by Tuesday, April 10 
  • REGISTER HERE

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, both indoors and outdoors. You’ll also hear care tips for when the seeds germinate and grow and other tips, techniques and tools helpful in seed starting.  All participants will plant up several containers of a variety of seeds to take home and grow on. 

Myriad Kitchen: Herbal Butters

  • Saturday, April 21, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • 2nd Floor Conference Room
  • Member $15; Nonmember $22
  • Lori Coats, My Raggedy Herbs
  • Register by Tuesday, April 17
  • REGISTER HERE

Herbal butters are simple to create, yet taste like a special treat and are a great way to preserve fresh herbs, like cilantro and rosemary, which can lose some of their flavor when dried. Join herbalist, Lori Coats as she discusses some of the benefits we can enjoy from culinary herbs. She’ll then walk you through the steps of creating your own herbed butter.

Introduction to Growing Plants for New Gardeners

  • Tuesday, April 24, 6 to 7 p.m.
  • Crystal Bridge 2nd Floor Conference Room
  • Member $5; Nonmember $7
  • Register by Friday, April 20 
  • 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 3 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.

Gardens Walking Tour

  • Saturday, April 28, 10 to 11 a.m.
  • South Lobby and Garden Grounds
  • FREE
  • Walkups Welcome

Expand your Oklahoma plant knowledge and get inspiration for your 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 and more.  Self –guided plant tour handouts are also available in our South Lobby.