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Seasonal Activities

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.


  • Inside the Crystal Bridge or Outdoors
  • 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. Drop in for a session or two, or enjoy the entire series! Sponsored by KIND Healthy Snacks.


EVERY WEDNESDAY IN MAY, 10 – 11 a.m.education_books_junior_league

Bringing Books to Life

  • Lobby of the Crystal Bridge
  • Free
  • Best for ages 2-5

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



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

Tai 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


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.


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


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


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.