APRIL EVENTS 

 

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Bringing Books to Life

  • Every Wednesday, 10 – 11am
  • Crystal Bridge South Lobby
  • Children’s Garden Porch
  • Free
  • Best for ages 2-5
  • No preregistration required

Bring your youngster for story time each Wednesday at 10am. Books are nature-themed and selected based on the season. Children will also enjoy creating a small craft after the story.  Groups of 10 or more call Lily Christman at 405-445-5162. *Note: Starting June 8, we’ll pair up with our Weekly Walkups to bring you Reading Wednesday’s from 10am to noon in the Children’s Garden.

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Bringing Gardens to Life

  • Wednesday, April 27, 11 – 11:45am
  • Terrace Room
  • Members $2/Nonmembers $3
  • Best for ages 2-5

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Stick around after “Bringing Books to Life” for this fun indoor activity that brings gardens to life.  It’s the last one until winter, so don’t miss the fun where we’ll be making nature crafts from egg cartons!  We’ll plant different kinds of seeds to take home in your own carton garden and then make a snake to get ready for our Spring Festival when we’ll bring The Jungle Book to life on May 6th!  Groups of 10 or more call Lily Christman at 405-445-5162.

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Gardens Walking Tour

  • Last Saturday of Every Month, 10am
  • South Lobby and Garden Grounds
  • Free
  • Walkups Welcome!
  • No preregistration required

Join us for our Myriad Gardens Walking Tour program!  The tours, “Plants for Color” or “Plants for Water Conservation,” highlight plants in each season around the Gardens. Enjoy guided tours at 10am the last Saturday of each month or pick up a self-guided tour handout in our south lobby.

 

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Hort 101 Series: Planting Under Trees

  • Saturday, April 30, 11am – Noon
  • Crystal Bridge 2nd floor Conference Room and Gardens’ Grounds
  • Members FREE/$5 Nonmembers
  • Register by Tuesday, April 5 

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Join Matthew Janda, Gardens and Grounds Manager, as he takes us through the ins-and-outs of navigating a tough planting space, under trees. Matthew will discuss landscape design tips and the best plants for this tricky area of the garden. He’ll then take us around the grounds to look at examples and discuss maintenance tips.

 

MAY EVENTS

 

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Children’s Garden Closes for Jungle Book set up

  • Monday, May 2, 8am

Please note that the Children’s Garden is closed to the public May 2 to May 5 for set up of The Jungle Book; it reopens with admission from May 6-22. May 25 it will reopen for FREE to the public. 

 

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Barre3 Free Community Workout In The Gardens

  • Monday, May 2, 6-7pm
  • Great Lawn and Bandshell
  • FREE, Bring mat & water

Barre3 returns to the Gardens for more of their popular FREE community workouts. Other workouts are June 6, July 11 & August 1.

 

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Yoga Series Sponsored by Tinker Federal Credit Union

  • Tuesdays, May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
  • Late arrivals not accepted after 5:50 p.m.
  • Pavilion or inside the Crystal Bridge depending on weather
  • Members FREE, Nonmembers $10
  • Must be 16 and older
  • No preregistration required

This is a great, all-levels class led by Lisa Woodward. Class participants should bring a yoga mat and water. Classes will meet under the Pavilion as weather permits; when it doesn’t they will meet inside the Crystal Bridge. Drop in for a session or two or enjoy the entire series!

 

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Bringing Books to Life

  • Wednesdays in May 4, 11, 18, & 25, 10 – 11am
  • Crystal Bridge South Lobby
  • Children’s Garden Porch
  • Free
  • Best for ages 2-5
  • No preregistration required

Bring your youngster for story time each Wednesday at 10am. Books are nature-themed and selected based on the season. Children will also enjoy creating a small craft after the story.  Groups of 10 or more call Lily Christman at 405-445-5162. *Note: Starting June 8, we’ll pair up with our Weekly Walkups to bring you Reading Wednesday’s from 10am to noon in the Children’s Garden.

 

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Dancing in the Gardens Dance Lessons

  • Wednesday, May 4, 6:30-7:30pm
  • South Lobby of the Crystal Bridge
  • Must be 13 and older
  • Members $10/Nonmembers $15

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Join the stars of 3Sixty Dance Studio for a small group dance lesson in preparation for Dancing in the Gardens. This one hour lesson will give participants one-on-one instruction and break down the steps to help get you prepared for a fun night of Salsa dancing. Limited space available, please register by Monday, May 2.

 

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Dancing in the Gardens: Salsa

  • Thursday, May 5, 7-10pm
  • Seasonal Plaza (by Ice House)
  • FREE, All Ages Welcome
  • No preregistration required

It’s back and with two more nights added to the schedule! This season, Dancing in the Gardens will last from May to September. Join us as we transform the Seasonal Plaza into an urban dance space. Beginning at 7 p.m., instructors from 3Sixty Dance Studio will give a dance demonstration followed by a FREE lesson for all. At 8pm on our DJ will crank it up!

 

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The Jungle Book presented by Cox

Sponsored by Express Employment Professionals, E.L. and Thelma Gaylord Foundation & Tinker Federal Credit Union

Look for the bare necessities in our Children’s Garden as we transform the area into a jungle haven. Experience Rudyard Kipling’s story of how the man cub, Mowgli, adapts to life in the jungle with the help of Baloo, Bagheera, Kaa, and those pesky monkeys. Enjoy crafts, activities and imaginative displays that capture India’s rich culture and will educate us all on the adventures in this heartwarming story.

May 6 – 22, 2016, 10am-5pm daily, Children’s Garden

  • FREE Admission for Members
  • FREE for nonmember children ages 3 and Under
  • $6 per person
  • $10 per person for Crystal Bridge and The Jungle Book Combo Package
  • *Purchase a family membership for $65 and come for FREE as many times as you like throughout the 17 day festival

Please note that the Children’s Garden is closed to the public May 2 to May 5 for set up of The Jungle Book; it reopens with admission from May 6-22. May 25 it will reopen for FREE to the public.

 

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Mother’s Day in the Gardens sponsored by BC Clark Jewelers

  • Sunday, May 8, 11am-5pm
  • Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory
  • Mother’s receive FREE admission with one paid family member admission.

The Myriad Gardens pays tribute to all mothers and motherhood. Honoring one’s mother, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society.

 

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Plant Walk Series: Wildflowers

  • Friday, May 13, Noon – 1pm
  • South Lobby and Garden Grounds
  • FREE (Suggested $5 donation)
  • Walkups Welcome!

For this plant walk we will explore the beauty and benefits of growing wildflowers. Jody Lesch, wildflower expert and wildlife lover, will lead us on a walk around the Garden’s grounds showing examples of wildflower plantings and discussing the benefits they offer you and our pollinator friends.

 

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Night at the Jungle presented by Tinker Federal Credit Union

  • Friday, May 13, 6-10pm
  • Children’s Garden
  • Activities in the Children’s Garden, 6-8pm
  • Screening of Disney’s 1967 The Jungle Book, 8-10pm
  • Members $7 per child, $5 per adult
  • Nonmembers $10 per child, $8 per adult
  • Register by Wednesday, April 27

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Calling all adventurers! Come to The Jungle Book after hours to explore the Children’s Garden as the sun sets in the background. There will be jungle games, activities and treats. All guests are encouraged to dress as their favorite character and get in the jungle spirit. The evening will wind down with a screening of Disney’s 1967 animated classic, The Jungle Book. Space is limited so reserve early by registering online.

 

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Photography Series: Photography 101

  • Saturday, May 14, 2 – 4pm
  • Terrace Room, Crystal Bridge Conservatory and Gardens’ Grounds
  • Members $28; Nonmembers $35
  • Register by Tuesday, May 10

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Join passionate and experienced photographer, Don Risi (www.donrisi.com), as he teaches you the basics of photography. He’ll show you how to turn a mediocre snapshot into a beautiful photograph, considering various aspects such as composition and lighting. All digital camera styles are welcome from basic compact digital to cell phone to digital SLR cameras.

 

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Full Moon Bike Ride & Run

  • Monday, May 23, 7pm Run, 8 pm Bike Ride
  • Meet at the Band Shell by the Great Lawn
  • Suggested donation of $5 per person
  • Monthly through October

Your favorite health and wellness activity is back! Join other runners in a 5K run, led by Ultramax Sports Oklahoma, through the scenic downtown area as the sun sets. Those who make their $5 donation will be entered in a drawing for prizes from Red Coyote Running and Fitness.

Bring your bike and meet up a for a leisurely one hour ride. Downtown-area routes are specially planned by Schlegel Bicycles. Don’t have a bike? Rent a Spokie! Lights and helmets are required.

 

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Prairie Garden Plant Sale

  • Pavilion
  • Friday May 27, 10am – 4pm with Members only preview sale, 9-10am
  • Saturday May 28, 9am-4pm

This year’s Oklahoma Gardening School generated so much enthusiasm about prairie gardens that we decided to invite two of our speakers and local nursery owners back for a plant sale! We are pleased to have Bill Farris, owner of Prairie Wind Nursery in Norman, and Marilyn Stewart, owner of Wild Things Nursery in southeastern Oklahoma, setting up shop at our Pavilion for a special two-day sale with a special Members’ Preview sale Friday, May 27, 9-10am. 

 

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O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines art exhibit

  • Exhibition run: April 4-May 27, 2016
  • South Lobby, Crystal Bridge
  • Exhibit is FREE to the public

Gail Poole (1935-2013), while now revered as an Oklahoman in the canon of American Masters, privately enjoyed a whimsical, illustrative style. ‘Flora & Felines’ is an exhibit of Poole’s fantastical cats and flowers, purrfect for the awakening of spring at the Myriad Botanical Gardens. The original paintings are owned by the Estate, which has licensed the first public offering of large-format, limited edition canvas giclées of Poole’s whimsy. A portion of proceeds will benefit Oklahomans for the Arts, to help ensure the arts have a solid place in Oklahoma’s future and the Myriad Gardens.

 

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Gardens Walking Tour

  • Last Saturday of Every Month, May 28, 10am
  • South Lobby and Garden Grounds
  • Free
  • Walkups Welcome!
  • No preregistration required

Join us for our Myriad Gardens Walking Tour program!  The tours, “Plants for Color” or “Plants for Water Conservation,” highlight plants in each season around the Gardens. Enjoy guided tours at 10am the last Saturday of each month or pick up a self-guided tour handout in our south lobby.

 

JUNE 

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Edible Portraits

  • Saturday, June 4, 10am – Noon
  • Terrace Room
  • Members $8; Nonmembers $10
  • Ages 6-10
  • Register by Tuesday, May 31

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Join us for this entertaining, informative and edible class as we make (and then eat!) goofy portraits all out of fruits and veggies. Together we’ll read a couple books, learn interesting facts about fruits and veggies and why they’re good for us. We’ll then play with our food to make silly faces and enjoy our creations as a snack.

 

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Father’s Day 5K

  • Sunday, June 19
  • 7am 5K, 8am Fun Run
  • Great Lawn and Band Shell

Early Registration
Members 5K: $25; Nonmembers 5K: $30
Members Fun Run: $20; Nonmembers Fun Run: $25
Kids – 12 & Under Fun Run: $20

Registration after June 5
Members 5K: $30; Nonmembers 5K: $35
Members Fun Run: $25; Nonmembers Fun Run: $30
Kids – 12 & under Fun Run: $25

Come celebrate Dad at the Myriad Gardens Father’s Day 5K and Fun Run. Run with your father or in honor of your father. Ultramax Sports Oklahoma will host and time the run. Awards will be given to the best Father/Son Duo, Father/Daughter Duo and the Biggest Support Group for your Father. All registrants will receive a finisher medal and a t-shirt. Refunds will not be given for this event.

 

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Beautiful Butterflies

  • Friday, June 24, 1:30 – 3pm
  • Terrace Room and Children’s Garden Porch
  • Members $8; Nonmembers $10
  • Best for Ages 6-10
  • Register by Monday, June 20

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In this class we’ll talk all about butterflies, not just how beautiful they are, but also how important and impressive their lives are. We’ll see butterflies up close, learn all about them with a fun game and make butterfly antennae and proboscis (that’s a butterflies tongue!) to wear home. Butterfly wings are encouraged.

 

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International Mud Day

  • Wednesday, June 29, 10am – Noon
  • Pavilion Lawn and Thunder Fountain
  • Mud Activities: Members $3; Nonmembers $5 OR
  • Mud and Clay Activities: $10
  • All ages welcome
  • Register by Monday, June 27

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Come experience the magnificence of MUD and you’ll see why playing in the dirt is proven to make you happier, healthier, and even smarter. We’ll make mud pies, mud fairy houses, and so mud more! You can even roll in the mud if the spirit moves you. House of Clay will be on site for some “make and takes” like pinch pots, mud medallions, seed bombs, and snails for your fairy house! A rinsing area will be available, but remember to wear your play clothes and shoes—and kids, don’t forget to bring your swimsuit for the Thunder Fountain!

 

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Painting in the Gardens Series with Wine and Palette

  • Saturday, June 11, 11am-1pm
  • Pavilion Lawn or South Lobby of Crystal Bridge depending on weather
  • Members $30, register by calling (405) 227-0230
  • Nonmembers $35 register at wineandpalette.com/calendar.asp

Get in touch with your roots to create an Oklahoma Indian Blanket painting! Each participant will receive a 16” x 20” canvas to create a masterpiece that can be enjoyed for years to come.

 

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Taste of Oklahoma: Dinner featuring Kamala Gamble and Barbara Mock

  • Saturday, June 18, 7-9pm
  • Meinders Terrace
  • Cash Bar, Ages 21 and Older
  • Members $65; Nonmembers $70
  • Register by June 15

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Join us at the Meinders Terrace for an intimate dinner under the stars and in the gardens. Chefs Kamala Gamble and Barbara Mock will guide guests through how to make their own appetizer from locally grown foods that they could grow in their own backyard. After the appetizer lesson, the Chefs will treat us to a farm-to-table dinner made with fresh, local ingredients from their Urban Farm, Guilford Gardens. Limited seating is available.

 

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Monarch Exhibit Sneak Peak and Celebration 

  • Friday, June 24, 6 – 8pm
  • Crystal Bridge South Lobby and Conservatory
  • $10 admission includes appetizers, 1 drink and a sneak-preview of the Conservatory Exhibit
  • Register by Friday, June 17
  • Ages 21 and up

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Did you know the monarch population has decreased by 90% in recent years? Artist Christie Hackler has long been fascinated by this creature and is focused on creative ways to turn the decline around. Join us and get the first glimpse into our conservatory at Christie’s captivating and beautiful exhibit. Pollinator-inspired food and drinks will be served and Christie will be around to discuss her works, her efforts to save the monarch, and to share a little about the smaller pieces we’ll have for sale during the exhibit.

 

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Gardens Walking Tour

  • Last Saturday of Every Month, June 25, 10am
  • South Lobby and Garden Grounds
  • Free
  • Walkups Welcome!
  • No preregistration required

Join us for our Myriad Gardens Walking Tour program!  The tours, “Plants for Color” or “Plants for Water Conservation,” highlight plants in each season around the Gardens. Enjoy guided tours at 10am the last Saturday of each month or pick up a self-guided tour handout in our south lobby.

 

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Pollinator Workshop

  • Saturday, June 25, 11am – 2pm
  • Members $35; Nonmembers $40
  • Terrace Room & Children’s Garden
  • Register by Tuesday, June 21

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In this informative and fascinating workshop we’ll focus on why pollinators are so important and the little things you can do to help pollinators and their favorite plants thrive in Oklahoma.

11am– Noon Beekeeping 101 with Randy Brady, Beekeeper and Owner of Cripple Creek Farms

Noon–1pm Lunch with Monica Arndt, Herbalist and owner of Skyridge Farm Café

1–2pm Lovely Lavender with Lori Coats, Myriad Gardens Employee and Herb Expert