October Classes at the Gardens

October Classes at the Gardens

 

October in the Gardens

Ongoing

Reading Wednesdays

  • Every Wednesday, 10am
  • Children’s Garden Porch or Visitor Center in inclement weather
  • FREE
  • Best for ages 2 to 5

Bring your toddler for storytime every Wednesday. Books are nature-themed and selected based on the season. We’ll begin with an interactive song and some weeks will include a small craft after the story. At this time we are not taking groups.

Guided Walking Tour

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

Youth and Family

Woodland Terrariums

  • Saturday, October 10, 10-11am
  • The Garden Classroom
  • M $18; NM $20
  • Best for ages 6 and up
  • Register by Thursday, October 1
  • REGISTER HERE

Create a fall terrarium to last all winter long! We’ll make a woodland theme glass globe planter using easy-to-care-for succulents and decorate it using natural materials gathered from the garden grounds.

Ooey Gooey Pumpkins

  • Tuesday, October 20, 6-7pm
  • The Garden Classroom
  • M $10; NM $12
  • Best for ages 6 to 12
  • Register by Tuesday, October 20
  • REGISTER HERE

Get wonderfully messy as we learn all about pumpkins! We’ll learn how pumpkins grow, figure out the parts of a pumpkin and each get to dissect one to see what’s inside. Everyone will go home with their own dissected pumpkin to turn into a jack-o-lantern and a recipe for homemade pumpkin seeds.

Adult

Grow Your Own Microgreens

Microgreens are tasty seedlings of edible vegetables – tiny, nutrient-dense versions of plants you already know and love, like arugula, cabbage, sunflower, and more. In this hands-on workshop, we’ll learn the basics of what microgreens are and how to grow them, then dive into planting. Each participant will plant up their own Rooted Farm Micro Kit to take the beginnings of a microgreens kitchen garden home.

Foraged Fall Wreaths

  • Thursday, October 22, 6-7:30pm
  • The Garden Classroom
  • M $20; NM $25
  • Roberta Rowland, Conservatory Manager
  • Register by Tuesday, October 20
  • REGISTER HERE

Create a festive, natural fall wreath using foraged items from the garden grounds. In this hands-on class, we’ll learn basic wreath design and which plant materials preserve well for long-lasting wreaths. Then we’ll dive into creating our wreaths using gathered materials from the garden grounds and a pre-made grapevine wreath as the base.

A Garden for Witch’s Brew: Growing and Preserving Herbs

  • Wednesday, October 28, 6-7pm
  • The Garden Classroom
  • M $8; NM $10
  • Debbie St. John, Canadian County OSU Extension Master Gardener
  • Register by Friday, October 23
  • REGISTER HERE

Get in the spirit of fall with this class focused on garden herbs! Learn how to grow all kinds of herbs outside and inside throughout the year and tricks for preserving them. We’ll get to examine samples of fresh and dried herbs and each take home a tasty sachet of herbs to make our own witch’s brew.  

 

Green Collar Careers: Seed Your Future

Green Collar Careers: Seed Your Future

Green Collar Careers: Seed Your Future

New movement promotes careers in horticulture

Whether you are interested in art, business, education, science, or technology, a career in horticulture might be worth considering. Making an impact in the world of plants involves a lot. In fact, there are more than 140 career options to choose from when looking across the horticultural spectrum.

Seed Your Future is a movement to promote horticulture – the business of managing, growing, and using plants – to inspire people to pursue careers in the field. The organization recently expanded its Horticulture Career Exploration Tool, a resource for students that illustrates the diversity within the realm of horticulture.

Featuring a host of career options, the tool features profiles, videos, education requirements, and salary information for jobs related to horticulture.

Here are just a few:

  • Botanical Artist – creates landscapes, gardens, illustrations, and many more artistic tasks
  • Culinary Horticulturist – studies crops, culture, and cuisine in regard to edible plants
  • Ethnopharmacologist – uses plants to treat human disease, injury, and illness
  • Floriculturist – cultivates flowering and ornamental plants for gardens and the floral industry
  • Habitat Restoration Scientist – researches, studies and supports the practice of ecological restoration
  • Hydrologist –researches and studies the cycle, properties, and distribution of water
  • Plant Nutritionist – studies the chemical elements and compounds necessary for plant growth
  • Robotics Engineer – designs robots and systems to perform duties that humans cannot
  • Social Media Specialist – uses social media platforms to market goods and services
  • Urban Farmer – cares for and manages tree populations in urban settings
  • Weed and Invasive Plant Specialist  – identifies weeds and invasive plants

Supported by more than 150 partner organizations, Seed Your Future envisions a country where everyone understands and values the importance of plants and the people who work in horticulture.

For more information visit https://www.seedyourfuture.org/