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Seasonal Activities

April

April fun knows no limits at Myriad Botanical Gardens. The April 11 ‘Hello Spring’ event features FREE performances by the Sugar Free All-stars, Spaghetti Eddie and more. Chefs Kamala Gamble and Barbara Mock will treat our taste buds to a multi-course dinner April 4, and Easter Egg Hunts for children and dogs will be tail-wagging fun! And the Spring Plant Sale, April 11 and 12, has something for everyone and proceeds benefit the Gardens.

 

KIND Yoga SeriesYoga Alexis

  • Every Tuesday Evening in April
  • 5:45 – 6:45 p.m.
  • NOTE: Class will not be held at the Gardens on Tuesday, April 21 due to the Festival of the Arts. Join us at this Land Yoga
  • Inside the Crystal Bridge
  • FREE for 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 inside the Crystal Bridge. Drop in for a session or two, or enjoy the entire series! Sponsored by KIND Healthy Snacks.

 

Bringing Books to Lifebooks - ann

  • Every Wednesday in April, 10 – 11 a.m.
  • Crystal Bridge Lobby
  • FREE
  • Best for ages 2-5

Bring your youngster for story time. Books are nature-themed and selected based on the season. Children will also enjoy creating a small craft after the story.

Worms with a Purpose!mbg_worm

  • Saturday, April 18, 11 a.m. – Noon
  • Children’s Garden
  • $4 members; $6 nonmembers
  • Registration requested by Tuesday, April 14
  • Best for ages 5-10

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Did you know that our slimy little friends the worms can eat our trash AND help our gardens flourish? Come learn some fun info about worms, create a wormy craft, play a fun game, and teach you how to create your very own vermicomposting bin. Led by Dr. Ann Fleener, Director of Education.

 

Put Your Stamp on Earth Daymbg_earth_day

  • Wednesday, April 22, 11a.m. – 1p.m.
  • Festival of the Arts Go Green Tent; Southwest Corner of Myriad Gardens

Join us as we partner with the Festival of the Arts to create a piece of “green” community art. We’ll flex our upcycling muscle as we create an Earth Day sign from a canvas, vegetables and soy based ink. We’ll create our piece of art using “vegetable stamps” and display it in our Children’s Garden for the remainder of the Festival of the Arts.

 

Bringing Gardens to Life: APRIL SHOWERS!mbg_april_showers

  • Wednesday, April 29, 11 a.m. – Noon
  • Children’s Garden Porch
  • Suggested donation $2/child

After enjoying Bringing Books to Life at 10 a.m., come to the Children’s Garden and learn about why rainwater is the best water for plants. Each child will plant a seed pot and then upcycle a gallon jug into a decorative watering can to care for their plant as it grows. We’ll also be checking out the rain barrel in the garden to see how it collects and stores rainwater.

 

Brown Bag Lunch Speaker Series: Dig a Ten Dollar Hole1 soil

  • Thursday, April 30, Noon – 1 p.m.
  • Crystal Bridge 2nd Floor Conference Room
  • FREE

Healthy soil yields healthy plants, but what is healthy soil and how do we achieve it? Come listen as soil expert Sam Minick, of Minick Materials, walks us through achieving and maintaining healthy soil. You won’t want to miss this! As the saying goes, “Dig a ten dollar hole for a one dollar plant!”

 

Mindful Living Lecture and Training: Practical Skills to Reboot Your mbg_drkrishnaBrain and Improve Your Health

  • Thursday, April 30, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Location TBD
  • Registration required by Monday, April 27
  • Member $15; Non-member $20

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Living in a high speed, fast food, multi-tasking world can leave you feeling frustrated and frazzled – far from the peaceful, joyful life you could be living. Join R. Murali Krishna, M.D., President & COO of INTEGRIS Mental Health and Co-Founder & President INTEGRIS James L. Hall, Jr. Center for Mind, Body & Spirit as he teaches you practical skills to help you reboot your brain and improve your health through more mindful living.

 

May

 

SATURDAY, MAY 2, 10 a.m. – Noonmbg_May Day

May Day Celebration

  • Children’s Garden
  • $7 members; $9 nonmembers
  • Registration requested by Tuesday, April 28

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Discover May Day customs from around the world, play May Day inspired games, create your very own daisy crown, and enjoy a jovial dance around the Maypole performed by the Prairie Dance Theatre Youth Company.

 

MONDAY, MAY 4FULL MOON BICYCLE RIDE

Full Moon Bike Ride and Run

  • 6 p.m. – Timed training run begins
  • 8:30 p.m.- Ride begins
  • Meet at the Band Shell by the Great Lawn Suggested donation $5 per person

Our Full Moon Bike Rides have been such a hit that we decided to let runners in on the fun. Bike ride: bring your bike and meet up for a leisurely hour’s ride. Routes are specially planned by Schlegel Bicycles. Don’t have a bike? Rent a Spokie. Lights and helmets are required.

Training run: Ultramax Sports Oklahoma will be on hand for free timed training runs. Complete a quick registration, wear the bib number provided and choose your distance from 2-8 miles. You’ll get distance, time and pace results.

 

THURSDAYS, MAY 7, 14, 21, 28 AND JUNE 4 AND 11, 9-10 a.m.

T’ai Chi Series with Silas Wolfmbg_Tai Chi

  • Water Stage
  • Members- $30 for six class series; Non-members- $60 for six class series
  • Series runs May 7- June 11

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T’ai Chi is characterized by slow, rhythmic, relaxed movements and is widely known for its health benefits. Try it to to reduce stress, lose weight, lower blood pressure, and promote general health and well-being. The six-week class will be taught by Master Silas Wolf who holds a 6th degree Black Belt with the Ching Yi Kung Fu Association and has taught Tai Chi for 30 years.

 

SATURDAY, MAY 9, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Painting in the Gardens Series with Wine and Palettewine adn palate

  • Members $10; please call to (405) 227-0230 to register and receive your discounted rate.
  • Non-members $20; please register online here
  • All ages; walk-ups welcome

It’s Celebrate Cinco de Mayo on canvas! Wine and Palette instructors will show you how to paint a picture on a 16 X 20 canvas. Participants will be given instruction and shown the steps to create a unique and personal work of art.

 

SATURDAY, MAY 9, 2:30 – 4 p.m.

The Perfect Mother’s Day Gift: mom's day bouquet
DIY Flower Bouquets

  • Pavilion
  • $30 members; $35 nonmembers
  • Registration requested by Tuesday, May 5
  • Best for ages 8 and up

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Trying to find that special something for Mother’s Day? Look no more! A bouquet is a perfect, traditional present she is sure to love. We’ll learn some of the most popular Mother’s Day flowers and their meanings, and then take you through each step in creating a beautiful bouquet that’s worthy of your wonderful mom. Led by Dr. Ann Fleener, Gardens Director of Education.

 

The Lone Bellow

FRIDAY, MAY 15, 9 p.m.

Southern Sounds Concert Series at the Myriad Botanical Gardens: Ali Harter Band, Cory Branan and the Lone Bellow

  • Great Lawn
  • FREE
  • All ages welcome

You won’t want to miss this show! Bring a blanket and enjoy a free performance with some great live music, vendors and your favorite people.

 

SATURDAY, MAY 16, 10 – 11 a.m.

Introduction to Horticulture Series: Spring Pruning Demonstration and Discussion03-25-2013 Lopers

  • Crystal Bridge South Lobby and Garden Grounds
  • Free for members; $5 nonmembers
  • Registration requested by Tuesday, May 12

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Did you know spring is the best time to prune many spring blooming plants? Come to this workshop and your Azaleas, Flowering Quince, and Forsythia will thank you! Join Courtney Keck, Horticulturist and Extension Educator as she discusses the best pruning methods for spring pruning.

 

FRIDAY, MAY 22, Noon – 1 p.m.

Plant Walk Series: Organic Pest Managementmbg_pests

  • Crystal Bridge South Lobby and Garden Grounds
  • Free (Suggested $5 donation)
  • Registration requested by Tuesday, May 19

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Learn how to rid your plants of pests in an earth-friendly way! Join Tracey Payton Miller, Horticulture and Entomology Educator, for this one hour ‘talk and walk.’ Tracey will discuss ways to deter pests, including a few plants pests don’t like, and ways to treat them when you find them. Special thanks to program collaborator OKC Beautiful.

 

SATURDAY, MAY 23, 10 – 11 a.m.

Chitchat with Our Chattering Parrots!mbg_parrots_nate

  • Crystal Bridge Conservatory and Garden Room
  • $8 members; $10 nonmembers
  • Registration requested by Tuesday, May 19
  • Best for ages 5-9

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Polly want a cracker? Come meet our favorite feathered friends, Bo and Muffin, and have a chat with them! Learn all about parrots and some of their favorite hangout spots in the rainforest, create a special parrot craft, and enjoy a tasting of some of their favorite foods. Led by Dr. Ann Fleener, Gardens Director of Education.

 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 27, 11 a.m. – Noonmbg_may_flowers

Bringing Gardens to Life: May Flowers!

  • Children’s Garden Porch
  • Suggested donation $2/child

Make it a whole morning – after enjoying Bringing Books to Life at 10am, join us outside for some fun, sensory activities that celebrate flowers: we’ll look at flowers up-close with magnifiers, touch different flower textures, have a flower-smelling contest, taste edible flowers, and learn how flowers “talk” and bees “hear” them!

 

THURSDAY, MAY 28, Noon – 1 p.m.mbg_your_garden

Brown Bag Lunch Speaker Series: “Love Your Landscape”

  • Crystal Bridge 2nd Floor
  • Conference Room
  • FREE to the public

Bored with your yard? Join Director of Education Dr. Ann Fleener as she explains different design styles such as Cottage Gardens, English Gardens and Modern Gardens, and ways to add elements of these styles to your own garden.