The Great Pumpkin Patch, Presented by OG&E

The Great Pumpkin Patch, Presented by OG&E

The Great Pumpkin Patch presented by OG&E

Myriad Botanical Gardens hosts the Great Pumpkin Patch Oct. 16-25

The days are shorter, the colors are changing and Myriad Botanical Gardens is set to celebrate the fall season in the Great Pumpkin Patch presented by OG&E beginning Friday, Oct. 16. While it is not possible to hold Pumpkinville, the popular annual festival in the Children’s Garden this year, the Gardens have come up with a new way to celebrate everything people love about fall and pumpkins – this year only.

Free and open to the public, the Devon Lawn will be decorated with individual, large-scale pumpkin murals, cornstalks, hay bales, scarecrows, and other fall décor. Visitors can enjoy the bright colors and designs by our horticultural staff that capture images of what makes fall at the Gardens so special. Murals can also be found in the Children’s Garden and on the Water Stage, a special pumpkin creation by local artist Nick Bayer. A large pumpkin patch with a variety of unique pumpkins for sale is also on the lawn.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, and Fridays, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. There will also be music, food trucks, Paint-A-Pumpkin, community scarecrows, and more.

Presented by OG&E. Sponsored by Devon Energy Corp.; Express Employment International, Delta Dental of Oklahoma, Tinker Federal Credit Union, Salazar Roofing, Geico-Southwest OKC, Goldfish Swim School, Gray, Blodgett & Company, Hudiburg Subaru, Bank of Oklahoma, IPGI, and Standley Systems

New or renewing members will receive $20 worth of Pumpkin Bucks to spend in our pumpkin patch. Renew online here.

 

In addition, kids can put on their favorite Halloween costume for Boo-tanical Night in the Gardens, Saturday, October 24 in the Children’s Garden. Children will have an opportunity to traverse the garden and stop at treat stations throughout the garden. There will also be a take and make craft available. Boo-tanical is presented by OG&E, sponsored by Geico-Southwest OKC, Goldfish Swim School, Delta Dental of Oklahoma, and Tinker Federal Credit Union

“The level of creativity displayed in the Great Pumpkin Patch is something everyone will enjoy,” said Maureen Heffernan, CEO of Myriad Gardens Foundation. “While we are unable to offer our popular fall festival, Pumpkinville this year, we are grateful to our many sponsors who are helping us create an event for the community to celebrate the fall season. We encourage people to renew their membership, or join the Gardens, and have fun spending their Pumpkin Bucks in the pumpkin patch.”

For information, or to register for Boo-tanical Night in the Gardens, visit here

Pumpkin Murals

Fall Leaves

Designed by Nick Bayer

Located on the Water Stage

Nick Bayer is the owner of Createco Studios and has been working in Oklahoma City for 15 years. Createco Studios creates custom fabrications ranging from 3D props to large scale murals. His installations can be found at Science Museum Oklahoma, the City of Oklahoma City, and the City of Bethany. Bayer has been a professor of art at Redlands Community College in El Reno.

The Fall Leaves mural features 20 pallets of pumpkins. The maple leaf is the largest in the mural and has the most orange. The oak leaf is the long, narrow leaf with points. The two smaller leaves are elm. The redbud is the heart-shaped leaf and the multiple leaf stem is the Chinese pistache.

Chameleon

Designed by Matt Goad

Located on the Devon Lawn

Oklahoma artist Matt Goad began his art career while working as a graphic designer and illustrator in the mid-90s. Woodblock printing and its hard-edged graphic aesthetic helped inform Goad’s modern style which he would take into the realm of paintings in the mid-2000s. Passionate about color and composition, his modern linear approach utilizes interlocking identifiable symbols and shapes in a compositional flow that pulls the viewer through a narrative. Whimsical, geometric, simple, and complex, Goad’s work is easily accessible to the public and enjoyed by many, young and old, and across cultural identities.

Moo Loves You

Designed by Lisa Quishenberry and her son Casey Quishenberry

Lisa Quishenberry has been working as an artist since 1998. She began working as a sign designer at Six Flags amusement parks and continues doing work for Frontier City Amusement Park. In addition, Quishenberry has done fun and exciting projects for Science Museum Oklahoma, the Jim Thorpe Office Building and more. Her son, Casey, served as her assistant for this installation. Working with pumpkins was a new medium for her and she loved it!

 

The following were designed and built by Nate Tschaenn, Director of Horticulture

Nate Tschaenn came to Myriad Botanical Gardens as curator of the Crystal Bridge Conservatory and was promoted to director of horticulture in 2016. He is a graduate of the prestigious Longwood Gardens program in Delaware and was a glasshouse specialist at Cleveland Botanical Garden. During his tenure at the Gardens, Tschaenn has developed a skill for building horticultural exhibits and owns A New Leaf Wood Turning which creates products made of locally sourced wood.

Monarch

Located in the Devon Lawn

Spider

Located in the Devon Lawn

Black Cat

Located in the Children’s Garden

Scarecrow

Located in the Devon Lawn

October Gardening Tips

October Gardening Tips

October Gardening Tips

Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, Division of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources

Department of Horticulture & Landscape Architecture, Oklahoma State University

David Hillock, Consumer Horticulturist

Download the entire list of tips here.

Fall planting

  • Plant cool-season annuals like pansies, ornamental cabbage or kale, snapdragons, and dusty miller when temperatures begin to cool.
  • Begin planting spring-flowering bulbs like tulips, hyacinths, crocus, and daffodils.
  • Good companion plants for bulbs are ground covers such as ajuga, vinca, English ivy, alyssum, moneywort, thrift, phlox, oxalis, and leadwort.
  • Peonies, daylilies, and other spring-flowering perennials should be divided or planted now.
  • Dig and store tender perennials like cannas, dahlias, and caladiums in a cool, dry location.
  • Purchase trees from nurseries and garden centers during this time to select the fall color you prefer.
  • Many perennials can be planted at this time and the selection is quite nice.
  • Plant fall mums and asters and keep them watered during dry conditions. Don’t crowd since they take a couple of years to reach maturity.
  • Plant container-grown trees and shrubs this month.
  • Check and treat houseplants for insect pests before bringing them indoors and repot rootbound plants.

Turfgrass

  • You can continue to replant or establish cool-season lawns like fescue.
  • The mowing height for fescue should be lowered to approximately 2½ inches for fall and winter cutting.
  • Broadleaf weeds like dandelions can be easily controlled during October (HLA-6601).
  • Mow and neatly edge warm-season lawns before killing frost.

Fruits & Vegetables

  • Dig sweet potatoes and harvest pumpkins and winter squash.
  • Remove green fruit from tomato plants when frost threatens.
  • Harvest oriental persimmons and pawpaws as they begin to change color.
  • There is still time to plant radishes and mustard in the fall garden.
  • Use a cold frame device to plant spinach, lettuce and various other cool-season crops for production most of the winter.
  • Plant cool-season cover crops like Austrian winter peas, wheat, clover, and rye in otherwise fallow garden plots.
  • Remove all debris from the garden to prevent overwintering of various garden pests.
  • Start new planting bed preparations now with plenty of organic matter.

Water Gardens

  • Take tropical water garden plants indoors when water temperatures near 50 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Close the water garden for the winter by placing hardy plants in the deeper areas of the pool. Stop feeding the fish.
  • Cover water gardens with bird netting to catch dropping leaves during the winter months.

Plant Spring-Flowering Bulbs Now

The latter part of this month and into November is the time to plant spring-flowering bulbs such as tulips, daffodils, hyacinths, etc. Be sure to get to the garden centers early so you can pick out the largest and healthiest of bulbs. They will bloom better for you than the smaller, discount types. Most bulbs should be planted to a depth that is about 2 times the diameter of the bulb. Be sure to plant your bulbs in well-drained soil; most will rot in our heavy, wet, clay soils during the winter if proper drainage is not provided.

To increase the spring bulb display, plant pansies at the same time. Pansies don’t mind the cold weather and can even provide a little extra color during the winter months. Come spring, they really take off and provide an understory of color to the overstory of color provided by the spring bulbs.

Download the entire list of tips here.

Get discounts at area gardening centers

Are you a member of the Gardens? You get discounts at these great merchants. Become a member and save! 

Green Thumb Partners

  • Adorn
    10% discount off Adorn’s Seasonal Container Gardening Program: installation of new plants into your outdoor containers four times a year as the seasons change, creating amazing curb appeal for your home or business throughout the year.
  • Calvert’s Plant Interiors
    10% off an entire in-store purchase. Not valid with other offers, prior purchases, gift cards, or monthly contracts.
  • Central Power Equipment
    10% on power equipment accessories and parts. Not valid with other offers.
  • Katydids & Grasshoppers
    10% off regularly priced plants.
  • New Leaf Floral
    10% off purchases of $50 or more on fresh flowers or green plants. Not valid for weddings, wire orders, orchid plants, or gift cards.
  • Organics OKC
    10% off the entire purchase. Not valid with other offers, prior purchases, or gift cards.
  • Precure Nursery and Garden Center
    10% off entire purchase. Not valid with any other discounts or landscape or lawn services.
  • TLC Garden Centers
    10% discount on a non-discounted product. Not valid on gift cards.

Download the entire list of tips here.