October is one of the loveliest months of the year in Oklahoma. Leaves are changing, temps are dropping, and people want to get out and enjoy all that Mother Nature has to offer us. Myriad Botanical Gardens has plenty of fall fun for you.
Kids & Family
Every Wednesday, 10 – 11 a.m.
Bringing Books to Life
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 the Junior League of Oklahoma City.
October 3 – 31
Plants, Poisons and Potions Exhibit
Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory
FREE with Regular Crystal Bridge admission
Special Rate: Nonmembers may visit Pumpkinville AND the Crystal
Bridge for just $8 per adult and $7 per child. Members are FREE to both.
Visitors to the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory can get in on the fun in October with a special exhibit, “Plants, Poisons, and Potions,” which will highlight both the real and imaginary world of mystical and sometimes deadly plants. Discover these strange, unusual plants, or even commonplaceplants used in magic spells, healing potions, and deadly poisons, and hear stories of their use in real life and popular works of fiction. Sometimes truth really is stranger than fiction.
Pumpkinville presented by OGE Energy Corp.
Sun. – Thurs. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Fri. & Sat. 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Pumpkinville will close at 3 p.m., Sat., Oct. 25 for the Halloween Party
FREE for members; Nonmembers are $5 per child and $3 per adult
Join us for a celebration of pumpkins, harvest, and all things fall. More than 3,000 pumpkins will fill the Children’s Garden, along with crafts, games, a party and more.
Saturdays, October 11, 18, 25, 11 a.m.
Harvest Stories at Witch Hazel’s House inside Pumpkinville
Best for ages 5-8
FREE with admission to Pumpkinville
Come each Saturday morning to the children’s garden for spooky stories. After the story, children will create a small craft to take home that’s inspired by each week’s book.
Available during Pumpkinville Hours
Children’s Garden Porch & Amphitheater Lawn
Join us during Pumpkinville to create your own fun souvenirs to take home. Your youngsters will delight in painting their very own pumpkins. Heck, you might even get in on the fun and paint one for yourself. Pumpkins for painting are available for $5 and free crafts will be offered as well.
Mrs. Thistle’s Tinctures and Herbarium
Children’s Garden Pergola
FREE with admission to Pumpkinville
Picture an old-fashioned shop filled with interesting smells, sights, and plants. During Pumpkinville be sure to mosey over to Mrs. Thistle’s Herbarium, which will be filled to the brim with herbs and interesting plants that she uses in her (fictional) products- from bat droppings to perfumes to mothwings.
Children’s Garden and Tiki Room
$10 members; $15 non-members
Preregistration requested by October 17
In this class, the Muggle and Magical worlds will meet as we talk about five of the plants found in the beloved Harry Potter series that have real-life counterparts. We’ll talk about each of these plants and how we Muggles have made use of them in the past and today. We’ll wrap up the class by making our own potions to take home (don’t worry they’ll be friendly ones) and enjoy! Harry Potter garb is encouraged! Instructor: Dr. Ann Fleener, director of education.
Children’s Garden, presented by Soccer City
Members: $5 per child; $3 per adult;
Nonmembers: $10 per child; $8 per adult
The monsters at this Halloween party are definitely more friendly than frightening. Join us for ghoulish garden games, eerie entertainment and spook-alicious treats. There will be prizes for those who don their creepy, crawly and cute costumes. Space is limited so reserve early by registering online at myriadgardens.or at 445.7080
Inside the Crystal Bridge
$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. 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 fora session or two, or enjoy the entire series! Pay on-site or in advance online at myriadgardens.org.
Friday, October 10, 12 – 1 p.m.
Myriad Gardens Grounds- Meet in the Crystal Bridge Lobby, Mark Bays, Urban Forester
FREE (Suggested $5 Donation)
Join us each season as we partner with OKC Beautiful to offer a Plant Walk for all levels of gardeners. For this season’s walk Mark Bays, Urban Forester and tree expert, will discuss trees that provide a bit of autumnal wow with their vibrant colors.
Second Floor, Crystal Bridge
FREE for members; $5 per nonmember
Miniature orchids can as small as a fingernail! There are hundreds of different species with delicate flowers in all sorts of colors and intricate designs. Miniature orchids make great additions to terrariums or vivariums, can easily be mounted on a slab of cork or wood, and are relatively easy to care for. Lecturer isNate Tschaenn, conservatory specialist.
Thursday, Oct. 16 – Sunday, Nov. 30
South Lobby, Crystal Bridge
Exhibit is free to the public during regular
Crystal Bridge hoursPublic
Reception 5-7 p.m. Oct. 16
American folk artist Rick Sinnett is a native Oklahoman. His passion for bringing art to the masses has driven him to create exciting and colorful, larger-than-life paintings. In addition to creating fine art murals, Sinnett is a master printmaker. He has created artwork for renowned musicians, notable clothingmanufacturers, and a leading shoe label. All works are for sale and a portion of the proceeds benefits the Gardens.
Thursday, October 23, 10 a.m. – Noon
Water Plaza Room
$38 per member; $45 per nonmember
Preregistration requested by October 8
Plan to have a fun morning at the Gardens, led by George Michael Catechis, Master Arranger, with the Fleuriste, making a gorgeous seasonal fresh flower centerpiece. He will begin the workshop by demonstrating the step-by-step techniques of creating the centerpiece all participants will make. After thedemonstration, participants will make their own arrangements under the guidance of George and fellow Fleuriste designer, Brooke Sacteau. This class is open to all levels of arrangers and no experience is required.