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March into all kinds of fun and educational classes, events and activities at Myriad Botanical Gardens in March. Kids can learn about vanilla beans, how to plant potatoes and can enjoy a series of Spring Break pop-in activities. For adults, Oklahoma Gardening School brings world-renowned garden designer and author Julie Moir Messervy to Oklahoma City to examine ‘The Not Too Big Garden,’ and how to make the most of it. Most activities are low cost or free, and becoming a member of the Gardens means great discounts on a year’s worth of fun at Oklahoma City’s unofficial back yard!


Through March 14Secondary-orchids2

Orchid Show:  “Jewel Orchids: Treasures of the Rainforest”

The exhibit is free with regular admission to the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory, which is $8 per adult; $7 for seniors, students and active military; and $5 per child age 4-12. Crystal Bridge hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

This year’s orchid show, “Jewel Orchids: Treasures of the Rainforest,” celebrates the orchid’s ability to ignite passion, and even frenzy, in people. A passion that drives some to go to great lengths to acquire and grow vast collections of orchids, and possesses other brave, if not obsessive, individuals to risk life and limb in search of the most beautiful and exotic of flowers.


Every Tuesday Evening in February, 5:45 – 6:45 p.m.MBG_yoga_alexis

KIND Yoga Series

  • 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.


Every Wednesday in March, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.MBG_books_reading

Bringing Books to Life

  • Lobby of the Crystal Bridge
  • Free
  • 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.


CANCELED: Thursday, March 5, 11 a.m. – Noonvanilla beans with blossom

The Delicious, Delightful Vanilla Bean

  • Terrace Room and Crystal Bridge Conservatory
  • Best for ages 3-7

Did you know that vanilla actually comes from a delicate flower called the vanilla orchid? Come learn all about this amazing plant as we examine it in our conservatory, dissect a couple of its “beans” and create homemade vanilla ice cream to enjoy.


Thursday, March 5, Noon – 1 p.m.MBG Orchids 101

Orchid Care 101: Lecture and Demonstration

  • Crystal Bridge 2nd Floor Conference Room
  • $5 for members, $7 for nonmembers
  • Registration required by Monday, Feb. 23




Conservatory curator Nate Tschaenn will teach us the ins and outs of how to care for orchids at home and demonstrate how to pot and divide orchids. Participants will gain information on watering and proper lighting, and Nate will answer questions to help demystify this fascinating flower. This lecture is a part of the 2015 Orchid Show.


Mondays and Wednesdays during Spring Break (March 9, 11, 16 and 18)kids children education

10 a.m. – Noon

Spring Break Pop-Ins

  • Children’s Garden Porch
  • $2 suggested donation per non-member child

Join us during spring break for these open, walk-up activities offered Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. – Noon! Participants can arrive at any time during these hours to participate in one of our rotating activities such as creating a garden craft, planting seeds, or going on a scavenger hunt. Activities are free for members, but donations are appreciated from non-members.


Thursday, March 12, 5-7 p.m.MBG Metro Camera Club March 2015

Selections from the Metro Camera Club

  • Free public opening reception

This juried exhibit will consist of 40 photographs, each printed on polished aluminum plate. The exhibit will be on view March 5 – April 12 during regular Crystal Bridge hours and is free to see.


Saturday, March 14, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.MBG_OK_gardening_school4

Oklahoma Gardening School: The Not Too Big Garden presented by Devon Energy Corporation

  • Devon Auditorium
  • $35 members; $60 nonmembers; $20 students with ID; optional box lunch ($13)
  • Registration requested by Tuesday, March 10




Following the success of “The Not So Big House,” by Sarah Susanka, an idea was sparked that less really can be more. This workshop focuses on the idea that there can be more satisfaction and freedom in creating a smaller oasis which requires less expense and labor and allows more time to enjoy the beautiful space you’ve created. Whether you have a small space or a large garden, but long for a more intimate setting, this workshop will teach you how to create a retreat you’ll love. Join us for a full day of talks that will offer design tips, inspirational examples, and plant selection recommendations for making the most of a smaller garden so that rather than being a drawback, it becomes something to celebrate.


Sunday, March 15, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.Secondary-orchids2


  • Crystal Bridge Lobby

Hundreds of orchids from our Orchid Show displays will go on sale, and are available first come, first served. Dozens of different types of orchids will be available for purchase at deeply discounted prices. All regular sized orchids are just $5 for members and $10 for nonmembers. Large, one-gallon Cymbidiums will be $10 for members $15 for non-members.


Tuesday, March 17, 11 a.m. – NoonMBG_kids_potatoes

Plant and Eat Potatoes!

  • Children’s Garden; Free (Suggested donation of $2/child)
  • Walkups welcome!
  • Best for ages 2-5

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by being GREEN and learning about Irish potatoes.  We’ll plant a potato tower using straw, soil, and seed potatoes.  A potato tower is a great way to grow a large quantity of potatoes in a small space; and they’re easy to make!  We’ll also have a tasty potato treat for you to eat. Led by Kerry Rapp, Children’s Garden Manager.


Tuesday, March 17, 12 – 1 p.m.MBG_st_patricks_day_logo

St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

  • Water Stage
  • Free Admission

May the luck of the Irish be with you as we celebrate St. Patty’s Day. The fun begins with a foot stompin’ performance by the Pierce-Hart Celtic band followed by a lively performance with the Oklahoma Academy of Irish Dance. Don’t forget to wear your green!


Wednesday, March 18, 12 – 1 p.m.MBG garden walking

Plant Walk Series: Planning for Year-Round Color in Your Garden

  • Myriad Gardens Grounds- Meet in the Crystal Bridge Lobby
  • Free (Suggested $5 Donation)

Join Linda Horn, plant guru and director of marketing and community relations at Total Environment, Inc.for this one hour ‘talk and walk.’ She’ll present some easy ways to introduce more color into your landscape as we meander through the beautiful and exciting Myriad Gardens. Whether you choose a monochromatic scheme or a bright palette of colors, learn the plants that will help you achieve a garden that is always inviting and one that you can continually improve every year with colorful additions. From bulbs and azaleas in early spring to fall flowering trees and colorful winter bark – you can transform your dull garden into an outdoor living area to enjoy year round! Special thanks to program collaborator OKC Beautiful.


Friday, March 20, 10 – 11:30 a.m.mbg_spring_tulips

Spring Celebration!

  • Water Plaza Room and Myriad Garden Grounds
  • $10 members; $12 nonmembers
  • Registration requested by Tuesday, March 17
  • Best for ages 6-10




Come enjoy the first day of spring with Gardens Director of Education Dr. Ann Fleener. She’ll teach us about the flowers of the season and we’ll create paper flowers to take home. Then we’ll learn about the weather of spring and make a kite to take outside to our Great Lawn and fly.


Saturday, March 21, 11 a.m. – Noonmbg_class_adult_potato

This Spud’s For You: Interactive Potato Planting Demonstration

  • Children’s Garden
  • Free (Suggested $3 donation)
  • Walkups welcome!

Spring is the perfect time to plant potatoes for a great summer crop. A potato tower is a simple project that’s ideal for urban gardens as you can grow a large quantity of potatoes in a small space! You can plant your harvest with seed potatoes and yield 10 times more potatoes than the number of seed potatoes you start with. Join Director of Education, Dr. Ann Fleener as we discuss this almost magical process and plant a potato tower using straw, soil, and seed potatoes.


Wednesday, March 25, 11 a.m. – NoonMBG_tomato_vegetables

Tomato Time!

  • Children’s Garden; Kerry Rapp, Children’s Garden Manager
  • Free (Suggested donation of $3/child)
  • Walkups welcome!
  • Best for ages 2-5

Come to Bringing Books to Life at 10 a.m. in the Crystal Bridge for a reading of “I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato.”  Then join us afterwards in the Children’s Garden at 11 a.m., where we will plant tomatoes inside the hoop house for an early spring start. Kids can plant their own tomato seeds in pots to take home and sample some tasty tomato treats.


Thursday, March 26, NoonMBG Ann Fleener

Brown Bag Lunch Speaker Series: “Not Too Big Garden on a Budget” Panel Discussion

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

Is your space for a garden as small as your budget?  Come and learn about simple design ideas, economical plants that thrive in Oklahoma and up-cycling elements you may already have around your house and garden.  Join our local experts for a panel discussion: Ann Fleener, Director of Education, Myriad Gardens; and Casey Sharber, Director of Horticulture, Myriad Gardens.