May is a blooming good time at the Gardens! As the weather warms up, the grounds are greening, the ducks are preening and there’s no better time to enjoy a walk, a class, an event or a burger. Ice House is open for the season, the splash pad is ready for little feet and the Thunder Fountain will open May 8.
Every Tuesday Evening, 5:45 – 6:45 p.m.
KIND Yoga Series
- Inside the Crystal Bridge
- FREE for members; $10 nonmembers
- Best for age 16 and up
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.
EVERY WEDNESDAY IN JUNE
Bringing Books to Life
- 10 a.m.
- South Lobby June 3 and 10, Children’s Garden Porch June 17 and 24
- Best for ages 2-5
On June 3 and 10 bring your youngster for story time from 10 to 11 a.m. Books are nature-themed and selected based on the season. Children will also enjoy creating a small craft after the story. StartingJune 17 we’ll pair up with our Weekly Walkups to bring you Reading Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to noon. We’ll read books selected based on what’s happening in the garden each week and create a small craft or go on a plant walk. Drop in for about 30 minutes anytime between these hours to enjoy reading and a craft.
JUNE 16 – AUGUST 21 MONDAY—FRIDAY
Weekly Walk-ups on the Children’s Garden Porch
- 10 a.m. to Noon
- Drop in activities; suggested donation $2 per child
Come to the Children’s Garden for fun activities that explore and celebrate the plant world.
- Make-it Mondays
Get your twig on! Each Monday children will make a craft using sticks, twigs and other materials in fun and creative ways. The possibilities are endless! We’ll make things like natural paint brushes, looms, and wind mobiles to take home and enjoy.
- Tasty Tuesdays
Children will combine different shapes of veggies, fruits, and herbs to create edible animals like cucumber bumble bees and cauliflower sheep! Then they’ll learn about the foods and taste them with seasonal dips prepared by chefs at the Park House restaurant.
- Reading Wednesdays
Bringing Books to Life will be outside on the Children’s Garden porch this summer starting June 17! We’ll read nature-inspired books that connect children with what is growing and changing in the garden each week. Some days we’ll make a craft; other days we’ll walk into the garden and use our five senses to experience nature up-close!
- Throwback Thursdays
Let’s go back to the past to find old objects and materials we can use for upcycling! This day will be all about taking something old and repurposing it into something new. Some fun projects we might do: transform a plastic bottle into a bird feeder or a soup can into an herb planter. Materials provided.
- Find-it Fridays
This is a self-guided scavenger hunt, leading you on a discovery of exciting things to see and do in the Children’s Garden. Hunt for swallowtail caterpillars chewing on some fennel, find worms in the compost bin, or climb up in the lookout “treehouse” for a game of I Spy. Instructional maps will be available on the Children’s Garden porch.
FRIDAY, JUNE 26
BUG OUT! Lady Bug Release and Mitey Insect Safari
- 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
- Crystal Bridge Conservatory, Terrace Room and Water Plaza Room
- Members pay $2 per container of lady bugs; Nonmembers pay entry fee into the Crystal Bridge and $2 per container of lady bugs
- All Ages Welcome
Help us release thousands of polka-dotted hungry helpers in our Conservatory so they can chow down on pests that are bugging our plants! Check out the Insect Safari and learn about butterflies, lady bugs, beetles, and more. Lady bugs will be available for release on a first-come, first-served basis.
THURSDAY, JUNE 25
Brown Bag Lunch Speaker Series: “MAPS 3 Downtown Update”
- Noon – 1 p.m.
- Crystal Bridge 2nd Floor Conference Room
Join us as David Todd, Program Manager for MAPS, walks us through the upcoming MAPS 3 changes that will impact the downtown area. The trolley system and new convention center are just some of the exciting things coming to Oklahoma City!
MONDAY, JUNE 29
International Mud Day
- 10 a.m. – Noon
- Children’s Garden/Thunder Fountain
- Suggested donation $2/child
Mud is magnificent. And here’s the real “dirt” on dirt: research shows that a particular strain of bacterium in soil actually makes you happier, healthier, and even smarter! So, dig in! We’ll make mud pies, mud paintings, and mud sculptures. Wear appropriate clothes and/or bring your swimsuit for the Thunder Fountain. A rinse station and public restrooms will be available.
- Tuesdays, 5:45-6:45pm
- Inside the Crystal Bridge or Pavilion, depending on weather
- M FREE/NM $10
- Best for age 16 and up
This is a great, all-levels Vinyasa-style class led by Alexis Persico. 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
Weekly Walk-ups on the Childrens Garden Porch
- Monday—Friday, 10am to Noon
- Ends August 21
- $2 suggested donation
Drop by anytime to complete a 15-30min activity that explores the plant world around us! Open to all with a suggested donation of $2/child.
- Make-it Mondays: Get your twig on! Make a fun craft using sticks and other materials in creative ways.
- Tasty Tuesdays: Taste and make! Combine different shapes of veggies, fruits, and herbs to create edible animals like cucumber bumble bees and cauliflower sheep. Enjoy a snack prepared by Park House Restaurant chefs.
- Reading Wednesdays: We’ll be Bringing Books to Life by reading nature-inspired books followed by a craft or fun garden sensory walk .
- Throwback Thursdays: Kids will repurpose old items to make something useful like bird feeders from bottles or herb planters from soup cans. Materials provided, but feel free to bring your recycled items for show and tell.
- Find-it Fridays: Kids will love this self-guided scavenger hunt in the Children’s Garden. Hunt for swallowtail caterpillars, find worms, climb up in the lookout “tree house” for a game of eye spy and more.
Full Moon Bike Ride and Sundown Run
- Thursday, July 2 & Friday, July 31 (two full moons in July)
- 8pm – Training run begins
- 9pm– Ride begins
- Meet at the Band Shell by the Great Lawn
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. Ultramax Sports Oklahoma will lead the Full Moon Run which starts from the band shell at 8pm. Do a leisurely run, (3-4 miles total), through the scenic downtown area as the sun sets and the city lights up for the evening. Come back to the Coop Ale Works Beer Garden awaiting the cyclists and runners.
barre3 Community Free Class
- Monday, July 6, 7pm
- Great Lawn and Band Shell
The general public is encouraged to enjoy this free class from barre3 Oklahoma City in the Gardens. Bring mat and water bottle.
Pre- SONIC Summer Movies Story Telling
- Wednesdays, July 8-August 19, 8:15 – 8:45pm
- Sheridan Lawn
- Best for ages 4-9
Summer nights are magical and stories can enhance the magic. Bring the family and join us for story-time on the Sheridan Lawn this July and August. Just before 9pm, head back to your spot for SONIC Summer Movie Nights!
SONIC Summer Movie Nights
Wednesdays, July 8-August 19, 9pm
Presented by SONIC, America’s Drive-In.
Bring chairs or a blanket and enjoy the stars and show!
- July 8: Paddington A young Peruvian bear travels to London in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone at Paddington Station, he meets the kindly Brown family, who offer him a temporary haven.
- July 15: Back to the Future (celebrating 30th anniversary) In this 1980s sci-fi classic, small-town California teen Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) is thrown back into the ’50s when an experiment by his eccentric scientist friend Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) goes awry. Traveling through time in a modified DeLorean car, Marty encounters young versions of his parents (Crispin Glover, Lea Thompson), and must make sure that they fall in love or he’ll cease to exist. Even more dauntingly, Marty has to return to his own time and save the life of Doc Brown.
- July 22: Big Hero 6, Infant Crisis Services Night Robotics prodigy Hiro (Ryan Potter) lives in the city of San Fransokyo. Next to his older brother, Tadashi, Hiro’s closest companion is Baymax (Scott Adsit), a robot whose sole purpose is to take care of people. When a devastating turn of events throws Hiro into the middle of a dangerous plot, he transforms Baymax and his other friends, Go Go Tamago (Jamie Chung), Wasabi (Damon Wayans Jr.), Honey Lemon (Genesis Rodriguez) and Fred (T.J. Miller) into a band of high-tech heroes. Infant Crisis Services will be raffling off a Family Membership to the Myriad Gardens. Guests may purchase a raffle ticket for $5, 2 tickets for $10 or donate an item from their wish list:http://www.infantcrisis.org/wishlist
- July 29: Wizard of Oz When a tornado rips through Kansas, Dorothy (Judy Garland) and her dog, Toto, are whisked away in their house to the magical land of Oz. They follow the Yellow Brick Road toward the Emerald City to meet the Wizard, and en route they meet a Scarecrow (Ray Bolger) that needs a brain, a Tin Man (Jack Haley) missing a heart, and a Cowardly Lion (Bert Lahr) who wants courage. The wizard asks the group to bring him the broom of the Wicked Witch of the West (Margaret Hamilton) to earn his help.
- August 5: Finding Nemo Marlin (Albert Brooks), a clown fish, is overly cautious with his son, Nemo (Alexander Gould), who has a foreshortened fin. When Nemo swims too close to the surface to prove himself, he is caught by a diver, and horrified Marlin must set out to find him. A blue reef fish named Dory (Ellen DeGeneres) — who has a really short memory — joins Marlin and complicates the encounters with sharks, jellyfish, and a host of ocean dangers. Meanwhile, Nemo plots his escape from a dentist’s fish tank.
- August 12: ET After a gentle alien becomes stranded on Earth, the being is discovered and befriended by a young boy named Elliott (Henry Thomas). Bringing the extraterrestrial into his suburban California house, Elliott introduces E.T., as the alien is dubbed, to his brother and his little sister, Gertie (Drew Barrymore), and the children decide to keep its existence a secret. Soon, however, E.T. falls ill, resulting in government intervention and a dire situation for both Elliott and the alien.
- August 19: Guardians of the Galaxy Brash space adventurer Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) finds himself the quarry of relentless bounty hunters after he steals an orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain. To evade Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with four disparate misfits: gun-toting Rocket Raccoon, treelike-humanoid Groot, enigmatic Gamora, and vengeance-driven Drax the Destroyer. But when he discovers the orb’s true power and the cosmic threat it poses, Quill must rally his ragtag group to save the universe.
Outdoor Dinner Series: Native American Cuisine
- Friday, July 10, 7-9pm
- Meinders Terrace
- M $65/NM $75 Avant Gardener Members $60 Cash bar, ages 21+
- No refunds after July 10
Join us at the Meinders Terrace for an intimate dinner under the stars and in the gardens. The first dinner of a three part series, this dinner is sure to delight all your senses. This dinner features creative Native American fare prepared by Park House’s Chef Jonathan Krell and talented Guest Chef, Loretta Barrett Oden. Menu to include: three sisters salad, braised buffalo with sunchoke potato mash and dark chocolate bread pudding. Other sides will be offered. Dinner will be accompanied with a performance by the Native American flutist, Teresa Smith Galoob.
Painting in the Garden Series with Wine and Palette
- Saturday, July 11, 11am-2pm
- Pavilion Lawn
- $25; call 405-227-0230 to register and receive your discounted rate. NM $35; register online at wineand-palette.com/Calendar.asp.
- All ages; walk-ups welcome if not sold out
In celebration of the 30th anniversary of Back to the Future, Wine and Palette instructors will show you how to create a Back to the Future painting on 16” X 20” canvas to take home and enjoy.
- Saturday, July 11, 10am-Noon
- Terrace Room
- Best for ages 13 and up M $30/NM $35
- Register by July 7
- INSTRUCTOR: Maureen Heffernan, Gardens, Executive Director
Hypertufa is a man-made version of a natural rock known as tufa, a porous rock that is prized for use as planting containers. Hypertufa pots or troughs can be used for many container plants but are especially great for cacti, succulents, alpine and bonsai plants. Participants will make their own rustic containers to take home. Fee includes all materials. Space is limited.
Introduction to Horticulture Series: Arranging Flowers from the Garden
- Saturday, July 11, 1-2pm
- Garden Room and Garden Grounds
- M $5/NM $7 Register by July 7
- INSTRUCTOR: Elia Woods,Co-founder of Common Wealth Urban Farms
Learn to create beautiful flower arrangements that don’t cost a dime! Elia Woods is a gardener and artist who creates gorgeous arrangements plucked from her garden each week for her “Slow Flowers” deliveries. In this interactive talk and demonstration, Lia will share tips on arranging and best flowers to use and grow for arrangers.
Zen Camp for Kids
- July 13-15, 10am-Noon
- Terrace Room and Water Plaza Room;
- Alexis Persico of This Land Yoga and Silas Wolf, Tai Chi Master
- M $40/NM $50 Best for ages 5-10
- Register by July 6
Kids Yoga: In this fun yet challenging class, kids will improve flexibility, coordination, balance, concentration, focus, and even self-respect as they learn yoga moves that transform them into a tree, elephant or puppy dog. Students should bring their own mat or can rent one from us for $6 for the week. Kids Tai Chi, aka Supreme Ultimate Boxing: Its monkeys! Its dragons! Its kids doing Tai Chi. Often called “meditation in motion,” Tai Chi is known for its slow, rhythmic movements and is celebrated for its health benefits. However, taught in its entirety, Tai Chi is very powerful and effective. Join Master Silas Wolf, 6th degree Black Belt, for this fun class
- July 18, 8-10pm
- Meinders Terrace
- M $20/NM $25 (Avant Gardeners $15)
Tying together music and nature in a casual, outdoor listening room fashion, our Deep Roots Music Series highlights local and regional bands with a variety of “rootsy” genres. On July 18, Tulsa’s Honky Tonk hunks, Jacob Tovar & the Saddle Tramps will open for Kansas City favorites, Victor and Penny. Jeff Freeling and Erin McGrane make up the duo Victor and Penny, who have been touring all across America with a sound that they like to call “antique pop.” Cash bar available. Presented with support from the Ad Astra Foundation
Summer Adventure Night
- Thursday, July 23, 6:30-8:30pm
- Great Lawn and Garden Grounds
- Best for ages 7-11
- M $10/NM $13
- Register online by July 20
- INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Ann Fleener, Gardens Director of Education
Celebrate the best parts of summer by learning skills needed for outdoor and camping trips. We’ll learn how to follow a map and use a compass during an epic scavenger hunt adventure. Next we’ll build some awesome forts, and learn how to put up a tent. Bring a blanket and stick around after the adventure for some spectacular stargazing with the astronomy club from 8:30 – 10pm.and Park House will offer drink and food specials to highlight the night!
Astronomy Nights in the Garden
- Thursday, July 23 8:30-10pm
- Great Lawn
Back by popular demand, members of the OKC Astronomy Club and their telescopes return to the Gardens for summer night star gazing. Come check out the moon, stars and planets right from our Great Lawn.
Southern Sound Concert Series at the Myriad Gardens presented by Prairie Wolf Spirits Featuring John Fullbright, Town Mountain and Kyle Reid & the Low Swinging Chariots
- Friday, July 24, 8pm
- Great Lawn and Band Shell
John Fullbright is back! If you missed him last year at the Gardens, here is your chance to experience this Oklahoma star under the stars. His performance at the Gardens was noted as one of the most memorable musical moments in 2014. Opening performers include local favorites: Kyle Reid and the Low Swinging Chariots; The hard-driving Carolina String Band, Town Mountain. This is one solid line-up and a night full of talented musicians- sure to be one of the most memorable musical nights in 2015!A special thanks to our supporting sponsors: Anthem Brewing Company , KOSU, TheSpy, Yelp OKC and Ad Astra Foundation.
Teacher Training Weekend presented by Myriad Gardens and Urban AG Coalition
School Garden as Outdoor Classroom
- Friday, July 24, 6 – 8pm
- Terrace Room
- $5 per person; Talk is 6-7pm, FREE reception following
- Register by July 20 online
- Instructor: Kellie Karavias, Gregory-Lincoln Education Center and Culinary Educator
Creating and using a school garden for experiential learning is simpler than you may think. Veteran educator Kellie Karavias has received national recognition for her work, including a “Food Hero” award from Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution and visits from chefs Alice Waters and Anne Burell. Kellie will share her experience in the garden and classroom and will offer tips for starting your own.
Growing Great Minds: How to Engage Your Students in the Garden
- Saturday, July 25 10am–3pm
- 2nd Floor Conference Room
- $10 per person
- Register by July 21 online
- Instructor: Shelley Mitchell
Captivate your students through active learning. The Junior Master Gardener (JMG) Teacher/Leader guide is an award-winning curriculum that provides hands-on activities for elementary grades and is full of lessons aligned with Educational Standards.
Shelley Mitchell, Oklahoma JMG Coordinator, will introduce us to this curriculum in a fun, hands-on workshop. Continuing Education credits are available and each participant will leave with a curriculum, with one lucky participant receiving a school garden bin.
Brown Bag Lunch Speaker Series: “Not so Thirsty Garden”
- Thursday, July 30, Noon-1pm
- Crystal Bridge, Second Floor Conference Room
Want to learn to waterproof your garden during our hot Oklahoma summers? Bill Farris, Prairie Wind Nursery will be here to talk to us about drought tolerant plants that are great additions to any Oklahoma garden.