October in the Gardens

October in the Gardens

October is one of the loveliest months of the year in Oklahoma. Leaves are changing, temps are dropping, and people want to get out and enjoy all that Mother Nature has to offer us. Myriad Botanical Gardens has plenty of fall fun for you from Pumpkinville to the new Mo’s Carousel at Myriad Gardens, an Herbal Medicine Kit Workshop and more! 


Yoga Series

  • Sponsored by Tinker Federal Credit Union and Stephenson Cancer Center
  • Giveaway Sponsor Athleta
  • Tuesdays, 5:45 p.m.
  • Late arrivals not accepted after 5:50 p.m.
  • Meet in the North Lobby for Check-In—location varies, you must collect a wristband from the North Lobby in order to participate
  • Myriad Gardens Members: $5
  • Non-Members: $10

This is a great, all-levels class. Class participants should bring a yoga mat and water. Class participants will meet in the north lobby for check-in each week. Drop in for a session or two or enjoy the entire series!

Reading Wednesdays

  • Every Wednesday, 10am
  • Crystal Bridge Conservatory
  • FREE
  • Best for ages 2 to 5

Bring your youngster for story time each Wednesday at 10am. 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.


Herbal Medicine Kit Workshop for Adults

Prepare your own herbal medicine kit by learning to make an immune boosting elderberry syrup; a natural vaporizing rub with eucalyptus, thyme and mint; and some appropriate herbs for colds and sore throats with a licorice root, echinacea and sage infusion.

Instructor Spotlight: Stephanie Holiman – “I am an herbalist, organic gardener, and permaculture designer.  I grew up in Oklahoma and have been living the past two decades in Santiago, Chile where I started and directed my own company Huerto Hada Verde dedicated to educating others about organic gardening, herbal medicine, and sustainable living practices.”

Community FREE Barre3 in the Gardens

  • The Devon Lawn and Band Shell
  • Bring yoga mat and water
  • FREE
  • Monday, October 8, 6-7pm

Join Barre3 for the last FREE community outdoor work out of the season. Barre3 mixes athleticism, grace and the latest innovations designed to balance the body. Meet at The Devon Lawn. We’ll be led by an amazing team from Barre3. Bring your own yoga mat, water and plenty of gusto! This is an amazing workout.


Pumpkinville presented by OGE

  • Sponsored by Express Employment Professionals, E.L. & Thelma Gaylord Foundation, Tapstone Energy, Delta Dental and Goldfish Swim School
  • Children’s Garden
  • Friday, October 5 to Sunday, October 21, 10am-5pm daily
  • FREE for Myriad Garden Members and Children age 2 and under
  • Non-members $8 per person—includes carousel ride
  • Crystal Bridge and Pumpkinville Package $10 per person
  • Paint-A-Pumpkin $5 per pumpkin
  • Saturdays and Sundays Pumpkinville Express (train) running from 1-5pm, $2 per rider
  • Infants FREE

Join us for our seventh annual Pumpkinville, in the Children’s Garden! Beginning October 5, bring your friends and family to one of the most treasured fall treats in Oklahoma City. Enjoy crafts, activities and imaginative displays in our New England Pumpkin Town that will get you in the spirit of the season. Each weekend families can enjoy activities and entertainment. It’s all just a bunch of Hocus Pocus!

Pumpkinville-related events

Pumpkinville Sensory Night

  • Children’s Garden
  • Friday, October 5, 6-7:30pm
  • Myriad Gardens Members $10 per participant, adults FREE
  • Non-Members $12 per participant, adults FREE

An event tailored for families with children with special needs, join us inside Pumpkinville for an evening of fall festivities! This event provides a more controlled and welcoming environment to experience our fall festival. No loud music and smaller crowds. Siblings are welcome! We will have festive booths, crafts and activities for everyone to enjoy. A light snack will be provided for registered participants. Registered guests that need handicap accessible parking should contact Bekah Wade for details at rwade@myriadgardens.org

Golden Hour Photography Sessions in Pumpkiville

Calling all photographers! We know that you love taking portraits inside Pumpkinville. Come shoot mini sessions and bring your clients to the Children’s Garden after hours to get your favorite shots with the best lighting. The $50 fee will allow you to bring clients in and out of the Children’s Garden throughout the golden hour. Contact Bekah Wade with questions at rwade@myriadgardens.org or (405) 445-7082. There are a limited number of spaces available on these Sunday evenings so please register by Friday, October 5.

Every day during Pumpkinville, 11:30am-Noon

  • Cider Press Demonstration and Tasting
  • Pumpkinville Program Tent
  • All ages welcome

Learn how cider is made as we try out our old-fashioned cider press each day during Pumpkinville. Join in on the cider making and enjoy a taste of this delicious juice at the end.

Sprouting Chefs: Pumpkin Seed Walkup

  • Friday, October 12, 2-4pm
  • Pumpkinville Program Tent
  • $4 per jar
  • All ages welcome

Learn how to make an easy, healthy, tasty golden treat from pumpkin seeds.  Kids will taste some already baked seeds and then get to mix up their own pumpkin seed spice mix – savory or sweet – to take home and bake.

Mandrake Madness and Other Plants of The Wizarding World

  • Saturday, October 13, 10am-Noon, come and go
  • Pumpkinville Program Tent
  • $5 per child
  • Walkups welcome
  • Best for ages 7 to 12

Stop by Professor Peppers Herbology class to learn about where the Magical and Muggle plant worlds meet. You’ll play a game to learn about plants found in the beloved Harry Potter series that have real-life counterparts. Then you’ll create your own magical mandrake root and pot up a seasonal seed to care for at home. House color attire encouraged.

Lifestyle Photography Class with Jessie Huff Photography

  • Sunday, October 14, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
  • Pumpkinville Programming Tent
  • Best for adults
  • Member $40, Nonmember: $45

Jessie Huff is a lifestyle wedding and portrait photographer with six years of experience. This course will teach participants how to take better photos technically and creatively using a DSLR camera. Dust that baby off and learn how to use your camera in manual mode while learning all about exposure-aperture, ISO, shutter speed, lenses, composition, directing your subjects and how to find great lighting. During this two hour course, Jessie will teach you to direct your subjects in a way to get genuine emotions and how to get the most out of your camera/ lens. She’ll even guide you through ways to take better photos with your cell phone! Participants will leave with lots of great information, a review of what was taught in the course and a new inspiration to document your life, whether that is your children or your pet! There are a limited number of spaces available so please register by Friday, October 12.

Autumn Wreath Making Class

  • Sunday, October 21, 1:30 – 3pm
  • Pumpkinville Programming Tent
  • Best for adults
  • Member: $30; Nonmember: $35

Are you in search of a great autumn wreath for your front door, but can’t find anything you truly love? We have the solution to your problem—come create your own with Kenton Peters. This is a class for beginners. Our instructor is skilled with making beautiful wreaths out of willow and natural elements. Each participant will create a wreath to their own liking to take home with them. There are a limited number of spaces available so please register by Friday, October 19.

Spooky Pooch Parade Sponsored by Midtown Vets

  • Sunday, October 21, 2-3:30pm
  • The Devon Lawn and Band Shell
  • $10 per member dog
  • $12 per non-member dog

Help us wind down the fall season by joining us for our Spooky Pooch Parade on The Devon Lawn. Enjoy spooky music by DJ Brian Smith, a performance by the OKC Disc Dogs, booths and our parade of pooches. Special guest judges will present prizes to the best and most creatively dressed pooches! You don’t have to register a dog to take part in the fun or even have a dog. Bring the family and be an observer and visit Pumpkinville.

Costume Contest Categories: Best Human and Dog Costume; Best Movie Character/Reference; Best Food or Drink Costume; Most Creative and Funniest Costume.


Little Saplings

  • Tuesday, October 23, 10-11am
  • Other dates: November 6, 20; December 4, 18
  • Children’s Garden Porch
  • Member $3; Nonmember $4
  • Best for ages 2 to 5
  • Register by Friday before Ronline at myriadgardens.org

Join us in the Children’s Garden for an hour of songs, games, and interactive nature fun. Toddlers (and parents!) will get to learn about the exciting world of gardens in an engaging and educational way. Each week features a new theme with corresponding activities and learning opportunities. Every Little Saplings event begins with a song, ends with a sensory bin, and includes a hands-on craft.

Guided Walking Tour

  • October 27, 10-11am
  • Last Saturday of Every Month
  • Garden Grounds
  • FREE

Expand your knowledge of Oklahoma plants and find inspiration for your own garden with our educational walking tours. Each month will feature different plants from our outdoor collection that make great choices for our region – from spring color to drought tolerant choices and more. Self-guided plant tour handouts are available in our north lobby.

Family Workshop: Seasonal Pumpkin Dioramas

  • Saturday, October 27, 10am-Noon
  • 2nd Floor Conference Room
  • Member $16; Nonmember $18
  • Jeanne Parkhurst, local educator and teaching artist
  • For families, best for ages 7 to 12
  • Register by Tuesday, October 23

Create a festive scene inside of a craft pumpkin to display in your home just in time for Halloween! We will use signs of the season for inspiration to form a natural or spooky display. Kids and families can work together or alone, using their imagination and a variety of supplies and techniques offered by the instructor.



Mo’s Carousel At Myriad Gardens set to open Thursday, Sept. 20

Mo’s Carousel At Myriad Gardens set to open Thursday, Sept. 20

Mo’s Carousel at Myriad Gardens will open officially to the public Thursday, September 20, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Pavilion next to the Children’s Garden. Additional hours for this week are Friday, September 21, 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, September 22, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday, September 23, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. It will then be closed to the public starting Monday, September 24 through October 4 for Pumpkinville setup. Pumpkinville presented by OGE Energy Corp., is the Gardens’ annual fall festival that will run October 5 through 21, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The carousel will fall under the its  admission cost of $8 for nonmembers, free to Gardens’ members. Regular operations begin Wednesday, October 24. Hours are: Closed Monday and Tuesday; Wednesday & Thursday 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Cost is $2 per ride. The token machine for the carousel takes credit cards and cash. It will take debit cards only if the debit card can also serve as a credit card. Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express are accepted.


With the closing of Crossroads Mall/Plaza Mayor Mall in south Oklahoma City, owners Michael Dillard and Roddy Bates had a carousel on their hands that needed a new home. When Oklahoman business reporter Steve Lackmeyer learned of the situation, he got in touch with Maureen Heffernan, executive director of Myriad Botanical Gardens, to suggest the Gardens as a possible venue for the carousel. Heffernan reached out to Dillard and Bates who ultimately offered to donate the carousel to the Gardens because we had the perfect location – the covered pavilion near the Children’s Garden. We just had to move it here.

As the donation was finalized, Lee Allan Smith stepped up to raise operating funds by coordinating and securing sponsorship of each of the carousel figurines from private donors. Smith, who has been a champion of the Gardens from its beginning, also facilitated a naming opportunity with LaDonna and Herman Meinders, longtime supporters of the Gardens. They chose to honor their friend and executive administrator, Mo Grotjohn. Starting Thursday, September 19, the carousel will now be referred to as Mo’s Carousel at Myriad Gardens.

Mo’s Carousel includes everything from its previous location, excluding the blue and white canopy top. It features hand-carved wooden horses and figurines from the Allan Herschell Company which at one time was the most prolific makers of carousels in the country.

The addition of Mo’s Carousel contributes to the evolution of the Gardens as Oklahoma City’s award-winning green space and urban park. It also will serve as a revenue source to help support Myriad Gardens Foundation.

Donor list

Donors of the Carousel from Crossroads Mall

  • Michael Dillard and Roddy Bates

Major gift donors

  • LaDonna and Herman Meinders in honor of Mo Grotjohn

Carousel figurine donors

  • LaDonna and Herman Meinders
  • Ad Astra Foundation
  • American Fidelity Foundation
  • Mo Anderson
  • BancFirst
  • Bob Burke
  • Inasmuch Foundation
  • Josephine Freede
  • Shahnaaz and Ronnie Irani
  • Don Karchmer
  • Sherri and Bill Lance
  • Robert H. Meinders
  • Midtown Renaissance & Hall Capital
  • Oklahoma State Fair, Inc.
  • Lee Allan Smith
  • Becky and Barry Switzer
  • Donna & Blake Wade