September at the Gardens begins with a fantastic night of family fun and a concert by the Red Dirt Rangers, presented by Devon Energy Friday, Sept. 5, and ends with two new events, our Fall Plant Swap and the Fitness and Wellness Sampler, both slated for Saturday, Sept. 27. In between you’ll find a great variety of classes and activities. Most are free or discounted for members and many are free to the public. To learn more about Gardens events, to register or to become a Gardens member, visit www.myriadgardens.org.
SEPTEMBER KIDS & FAMILY
Every Wednesday in September, 10– 11 a.m.
Lobby of the Crystal Bridge
Best for Ages 2 – 5
Bring your youngster for story time each Wednesday at 10 a.m. Books are nature-themed and selected based on the season. Children will also enjoy creating a small craft after the story. Presented by Junior League of Oklahoma City.
6 – 8 p.m.
It’s family night on the Great Lawn!! Lawn games start at 6; the concert is from 6:30 to 8. Bring your picnics and blankets, and come out and enjoy the evening with the lawn filled with a little something fun for everyone. We will have live music by the Red Dirt Rangers and lawn games including Bocce Ball, Horse Shoes, Lawn Bowling, Badminton, Ladder Ball, Giant Dominoes, and Croquet. Food and beverages will be available.
Back by popular demand, members of the OKC Astronomy Club and their telescopes will be returning to the gardens for summer nights filled with star gazing. Come check out the moon and the planets and enjoy the beautiful summer night from our great lawn.
Best for ages 5 and up
$8 members; $10 non-members
Learn all about the amazing apple in this family-friendly class! Join our Director of Education, Ann Fleener, where we’ll first talk about the apple tree and where and how it grows. Next, we’ll look at apples up close by dissecting them and discussing each of their fascinating parts. We’ll wrap up the class by making and enjoying homemade apple cider as we paint wooden apple keepsakes to take home.
Under the Pavilion or Indoors depending on weather
$5 members; $10 nonmembers
This is a great, all-levels Vinyasa-style class led by Alexis Persico, who has a loyal following at the Gardens and This Land Yoga. Yoga first found Alexis in her college days. Later, in 2009, Alexis began her RYT-200hr certification journey with the Yoga Spirit Academy. Class participants should bring a yoga mat and water. We’ll meet under the Pavilion as weather permits; when it doesn’t we will meet inside the Crystal Bridge. Drop in for a session or two, or enjoy the entire series! Pay on-site or in advance online.
Plant pick-up Oct. 10-11
Fall bedding plants, spring bulbs, and even fall decorations are available to metro gardeners in a new, convenient way. The Myriad Botanical Gardens is launching its online fall plant sale just in time for adding some autumn color to your flower beds! Visit myriadgardens.org, where you can select from an assortment of pansies, violas, kale, cabbage, tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, and other fall decorations. Then simply pay for your plants online and then pick them up at the Gardens on Oct. 10 and 11 just in time for planting. Orders must be placed by Sept. 17.
Wednesday, September 3, 7 – 9 p.m.
Special Guest Speaker Howard Garrett, presented by the Myriad Botanical Gardens and the Urban AG Coalition
$14 members; $19 non-members
Howard Garrett, “The Dirt Doctor,” is a landscape architect by training, with expertise in healthy living and growing, especially organic gardening. Join Howard as he explains how a simple, natural organic program for gardening and landscaping works better in every way – including from an economic standpoint. He will show how his management program can result in a 40-50% cost savings in water use and will also answer questions from the audience about pests, plants, and procedures.
Thursday, September 4, 10 – 11:30 a.m.
Urban Gardening Workshop with Howard Garrett Presented by the Myriad Botanical Gardens and the Urban AG Coalition
Crystal Bridge 2nd Floor Conference Room
$10 members; $12 non-members
Join “The Dirt Doctor” as he discusses Urban Gardening methods and some great ideas you can be doing in your garden this Fall (planting fall vegetables and herbs, preparing & planting trees, and getting ready for winter). A tree planting demonstration will also be included in the class. Attendees will receive Howard’s Basic Organic Program Handout and a chance to win books and natural organic products.
September 4, 7:00 — 10:00 p.m.
Presented by TLC Garden Centers with Special Support from Transition OKC
$5 per person
Join the Urban AG Coalition as they present the final film in their series about issues central to the local food, gardening and farming movement. “Growing Cities” is a new documentary which examines the role of urban farming in America and asks how much power it has to revitalize our cities and change where we grow food and the way we eat. Synopsis: In their search for answers, filmmakers Dan Susman and Andrew Monbouquette take a road trip and meet the men and women who are challenging the way this country grows and distributes its food, one vacant city lot, rooftop garden and backyard chicken coop at a time. Join them as they discover that good food isn’t the only crop these urban visionaries are harvesting. They’re producing stronger and more vibrant communities, too. FREE Reception follows!
Meet at the Band Shell
FREE ($5 donation per rider appreciated)
Join Myriad Botanical Gardens and Schlegel Bicycles as we meet and ride from the Band Shell on an hour-long, leisurely ride along a Schlegel-designed route under the light of the silvery moon. Please arrive early for an on-time ride. Lights and helmets required!
You’ll never look at a willow tree the same again. Learn to turn branches into family heirlooms! Join Master Furniture Builder, Bim Willow, as he teaches you to mold and bend fresh willow into beautiful, long-lasting furniture. Come with a hammer and pruning shears and leave with a finished project using the techniques of this historical American craft. Project options include:
- Historical Bent Willow Chair (create in 4 hours) $240 members; $255 nonmembers
- 1-Shelf Potting Bench (create in 3 hours) $215 members; $225 nonmembers
- Garden Bench (create in 2 to 3 hours) $95 members; $105 nonmembers
- 2 Trellises (create in less than 2 hours) $70 members; $80 nonmembers
Times reflect NO prior building experience! All materials included except a hammer and pruning shears. Advance registration with your project choice required.
Adoption Cost: $200
The trainers from Full Circle Obedience will be hold a special all-day adoption event on the Great Lawn. Pets will be screened, carefully chosen, and placed with potential owners based on the trainer’s knowledge about that particular animal as well as the new owner’s lifestyle and needs. We encourage potential owners to bring your family, a picnic blanket, and plan to spend some quality time getting to know a possible new family member. Please contact Sydney Head, Owner and Director of Full Circle Obedience at 405-721-7829 or email@example.com for more specific information about the adoption process.
Garden Terrace, Eastside of Crystal Bridge
Bring mat and bottle of water
barre3 and the Myriad Gardens have teamed up to present free community classes offered the third Monday of each month at the Gardens from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Pavilion. This is the second year barre3 will offer free classes at the Gardens. Class dates left are September 15 and October 20. The general public is encouraged to enjoy these free classes, and barre3 also offers Myriad Gardens members at 15% discount on class packages at its three Oklahoma City metro locations.
Friday, September 19, 2 – 4 p.m.
Crystal Bridge 2nd Floor Conference Room
Be a volunteer! Come and learn more about volunteering at the Gardens. Volunteer orientation will include an overview of the Myriad Gardens and information about the areas of volunteering. Refreshments will be provided and a guided tour of the Crystal Bridge will conclude our session. To RSVP, contact Toni Lee, Volunteer Coordinator at (405) 445-7087 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Adult members $50, Adult nonmembers $55
Children under 12, members $15, nonmembers $18
As summer begins to fade and we catch our first small glimpses of fall, join us for a fantastic gourmet dinner on the Meinders Terrace to take it all in. The meal will be prepared by Chef Jeffrey of the Park House. Savor four courses paired with a delicious wine or a seasonal choice of beer. Stay tuned for menu details! Seats are limited, reserve yours by calling 405-445-7080.
The Avant Gardeners, the young professionals group of the Myriad Botanical Gardens, will host their first signature event, The Garden Games, on Saturday, September 20. Competitive games will take place on the Great Lawn starting at 4pm, followed by live music food and libations. This event is free to Avant Gardener members and $10 for non-members. Must be 21 to attend. Save the date and help us #grOKC! For more up to date information or to purchase your Avant Gardener membership, please visit here.
Saturday, September 20, 10 a.m.– Noon
$30 members; $36 nonmembers
With fall approaching, the time has come to determine what to plant in your containers to enjoy continued blooms through frost. Join Elizabeth Richardson, owner of the fabulous Adorn, a container gardening company, as she demonstrates a variety of outdoor containers sure to provide beauty and interest into late fall. After the demonstration, each participant will select several foliage and flowering plants to pot up in a 12” container. There will be plants for sun and part shade conditions. During the program Elizabeth will also discuss tips on container design and maintenance. Class size is limited. Please register here in advance.
Daniel Meunier, Laurel Leaf Landscape
Join us for a demonstration of some fun ideas for your fall planters. Daniel Meunier, Laurel Leaf Landscape, specializes in seasonal colors, themed garden designs and living wall systems. He will demonstrate some of the fun colorful ways to enhance your planters this fall.
Pavilion, Southwest area of the Gardens
Volunteers and Members – FREE; Nonmembers – $10
Rebound after our hot summer by digging up those extra plants in your yard and joining us for our Fall Plant Swap! For every plant you bring, you will have the opportunity to take a different one home. Please bring your plants labeled with name and color. This is a great way to share some of your favorites with your fellow gardeners and get free plants! For more information, please contact Toni Lee, volunteer coordinator at (405) 445-7087 or email@example.com.
Members – $20, Nonmembers $30 (reservations required)
Think of it as Fitness Speed Dating! Come and go, and sample the activities you’re most interested in. Participants will enjoy 30-minute workshops on subjects including: yoga; tai chi; barre3; Pilates, boot camp; personal training; cardio; Cross Fit; biking; massage and reflexology; plant therapy and more! Optional healthy lunches from the Park House will be available for an extra fee of $12. Reservations are required.
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