August in the Gardens

August in the Gardens

In August we welcome back to the Gardens the annual Cat Video Fest and celebrate the 50th anniversary of Woodstock with a concert, film screening and Full Moon Bike Ride. Our education team has put together a great list of classes for youth and family and adults. Here’s a list

Botanical Balance FREE YOGA

Presented by Fowler Toyota, sponsored by Tinker Federal Credit Union and Stephenson Cancer Center

  • Tuesdays & Thursdays, 5:45 pm and Saturdays, 9 am
  • During the summer months, location is at The Devon Lawn
    • In case of weather follow our social media for announcements
  • Instructors provided by This Land Yoga
  • Bring a mat, water
  • Recommended for ages 16&Up

Practicing yoga in the Gardens has the added benefit of connecting you with nature. The Gardens offer a space of beauty and tranquility to help relieve stress and quiet your mind. Classes are open to all levels, whether you are a beginner or an experienced yogi. Thanks to our new presenting sponsor Fowler Toyota, and our generous ongoing sponsors Tinker Federal Credit Union and Stephenson Cancer Center, yoga is offered three times weekly free of charge.

Drip Irrigation Workshop

  • Saturday, August 3, 10am
  • The Garden Classroom
  • Member $9; Nonmember $14
  • Nate Tschaenn, Director of Horticulture, Myriad Botanical Gardens
  • Christina Chicoraske, Water Conservation Coordinator, City of Oklahoma City Utilities
  • REGISTER HERE

Learn key essentials, including hands-on practice with cutting pipe, inserting emitters, and connecting parts and pieces. Whether you plan to install it yourself or hire a professional, this class will boost your knowledge about design, functions, and benefits of a drip irrigation system. Outdoor demonstrations will accompany classroom presentations.

Cat Video Fest

  • Saturday, August 3, 7-10:30pm
  • The Devon Lawn and Bandshell
  • Pre-Show Fun, 7pm
  • Movie Screening, 9pm

The Internet Cat Video Festival is back by popular meow. Thousands of cat lovers come together for this raucous, 75-minute romp through the internet’s finest cat video offerings. Film starts at 9 p.m., but put on your whiskers and cat ears and enjoy pre-screening festivities complete with food trucks, live music, drinks from Double Shot Bar Services and more.

Arts Council of Oklahoma City’s Sunday Twilight Concert Series

  • Sundays through August 25, 7:30pm
  • The Devon Lawn
  • FREE
  • This is an event produced by the Arts Council of OKC

The Arts Council of OKC returns to the Gardens for it’s annual Sunday Twilight Concert Seris, Sundays, June through August, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Devon Lawn Stage in the Myriad Botanical Gardens! The concerts are free to attend and open to the public.

2019 Featured Bands:
August 4: Wight Lighters (Red Dirt/Country)
August 11: Beau Jennings & the Tigers (Americana)
August 18: The Imaginaries (Singer/Songwriter)
August 25: Oklahoma Virtuosi (Modern Symphony)

Weekly Walkups

  • Weekdays through August 9, Monday–Friday, 10am–Noon
  • Children’s Garden Porch
  • Drop-in activities; $2 suggested donation per child

Come to the Children’s Garden for some fun activities that explore the world of plants. Groups of 10 or more please contact Lily Christman, at (405) 445-5162, for more information about group activities.

Summer Celebration Series: Water

  • Friday, August 9, 10am-2pm
  • Children’s Garden
  • Member $4; Nonmember $6

Join us for a splashing summer finale as we learn about the importance of water through demonstrations, hands-on activities, experiments, crafts, games and more. From hydroponics and aquaponics to marine life and conservation, it is sure to be waves of fun for the entire family!

Thought Leader Series: Pollination of Native Plants

Sponsored by Red Earth Landscaping

  • Saturday, August 10, 10am
  • The Garden Classroom
  • Member $24/Nonmember $29
  • Heather Holm, author, and speaker
  • Register by Thursday, August 8
  • REGISTER HERE

This special presentation is a fascinating journey showcasing the development of different flower types and the presentation of floral resources to pollinators. Exploring the types of insect pollinators, their foraging behavior, and the floral features that attract pollinators, Holm will provide specific examples of how native plants are pollinated and which pollinator is most effective and why. A catch and release walk in the Gardens will follow, weather permitting. The event concludes with a book signing hosted by Full Circle Bookstore.

Summer Sweet Tooth

  • August 10, 6-9pm
  • Seasonal Plaza and Park House Event Center
  • $10 per person
  • REGISTER HERE

Pack your passport and taste the many flavors of our lineup of icy treats. Enjoy all things dessert inside the Park House Event Center, purchase something savory from our lineup of food trucks and enjoy music from our DJ Brian Smith from muttradio.com. Kids can cool off in the reflection splash pad, enjoy face painting and outdoor activities.

Family Workshop: Pressed Flowers

  • Thursday, August 15, 6-7pm
  • Garden Classroom & Garden Grounds
  • Member $10; Nonmember $12
  • Best for ages 6 to 11
  • REGISTER HERE

We’ll start by learning about, and collecting materials from, the Prairie Garden. Then, we will head inside to preserve our findings. Each attendee will go home with their own small book of pressed flowers and ideas for making crafts year-round.

Three Days of Remembering Woodstock 50 years later 

Full Moon Bike Ride and Run celebrates the 50th anniversary of Woodstock

  • Thursday, August 15, Run at 8pm/Ride at 8:30pm
  • Suggested $5 per person donation
  • Fill out your waiver here. Only once per season.

Bring your bike and meet up at the Band Shell stage on the Devon Lawn for a leisurely hour’s ride through Downtown. This ride/run will celebrate 50 years since Woodstock! Come dressed like it’s 1969 and you’re going to a rock concert for 5 days! Groovy! The Full Moon Bike Ride and Run is a casual monthly event where friends and families can enjoy a leisure one-hour bike ride or 5K run, through downtown OKC as the sun sets.

Routes are specially planned by Schlegel Bicycles. Don’t have a bike? Use Spokies bike or rent with Ride OKC! OK Runner leads the 5K run. Reserve your bike in advance at rideokc.com with the promo code: THRILLER. Helmets & bike lights are required.

D.J. Brian Smith from muttradio.com will get us motivated with his great moon tunes from 1969!

Woodstock Documentary Screening

  • August 16, Fun begins 7:30pm, Film at 9pm
  • The Devon Lawn
  • FREE

In 1969, 500,000 people descended on a small patch of field in a little-known town in upstate New York called Woodstock. The film contains performances, interviews with the artists and candid footage of the fans in a defining portrait of 1960s America. This film contains language, some nudity and drug use and is not be suitable for children. Join our hippie costume contest. Beginning at 7:30 pm, DJ Brian Smith with muttradio.com, will be spinning Woodstock tunes.

1969 Concert

  • August 17, 6-10pm
  • Live Music begins at 7pm
  • FREE

Travel in time to 1969 as we celebrated the 50th anniversary of Woodstock. The Myriad Gardens partners with OkSessions to bring you local performances channeling their inner Woodstock. Pack a picnic or enjoy a meal from our lineup of food trucks. Flower crowns, face painting, custom screen-printed t-shirts, outdoor activities and more start at 6pm.

Family Workshop: Garden Story Stones

  • Saturday, August 17, 2-3pm
  • The Garden Classroom
  • Member $6; Nonmember $8
  • Best for ages 8 to 12
  • REGISTER HERE

In this class, we will combine nature, art, and storytelling to encourage creative play in your garden space. We’ll start by each creating a set of story stones, and then talk about the types of plants, landscapes and creatures we would encounter in our garden. Using our story stones, we will share tales of our garden adventures with each other.

Kitchen Scrap Gardening

  • Saturday, August 24, 10-11am
  • Children’s Garden Porch
  • $10; Nonmember $12
  • Best for ages 7 to 11
  • REGISTER HERE

Join us in the Children’s Garden as we learn about plant propagation and how to grow plants from common fruit and vegetable scraps that can be found in our homes. Participants will observe seed starting techniques and pot up three different plant scraps to take home and grow!

Reading Wednesdays

  • Every Wednesday, 10am starting August 16
  • The South Lobby
  • FREE
  • Best for ages 2 to 5

Books are nature-themed and selected based on the season. We’ll begin with an interactive song and children will enjoy creating a small craft after the story. Join us the last Wednesday of the month for reading and craft time with the Downtown Library. For groups of 10 or more please call Kodi Clifford at (405) 835-6789.

Little Saplings – Fall Session

  • Every other Tuesday starting August 27
  • August 27, September 10 & 24
  • October 8 & 22, November 5 & 19
  • December 3, 10-11am
  • Children’s Garden Porch
  • Member $3; Nonmember $4
  • Best for ages 2 to 5
  • PICK A DATE

Toddlers (and parents) will learn about the exciting world of gardens in an engaging and educational way. New themes with corresponding activities and learning opportunities are featured. Every Little Saplings event begins with a song, ends with a sensory bin, and includes a hands-on craft.

All About Succulents

  • Tuesday, August 27, 6pm
  • The Garden Classroom
  • Member $9; Nonmember $14
  • Dr. Michael and Rosario Douglas
  • REGISTER HERE

Join a guided tour of the desert zone of the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory to learn about the fundamentals and intricacies of succulent plants. Then explore the natural history and cultivation of succulents as presented by this globe-traveling couple. Mike is retired from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Fall Gardening

  • Saturday, August 31, 10am
  • The Garden Classroom
  • Member $9; Nonmember $14
  • Larry Hocking, Berry Creek Farms
  • REGISTER HERE

Learn how to grow cool-season vegetables in your own backyard. This class will emphasize design and preparation, planting and maintenance strategies, as well as harvesting.

Guided Walking Tour

  •  August 31, 10-11am
  • Last Saturday of Every Month
  • Meet in the Visitor Lobby
  • Garden Grounds
  • FREE