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
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.
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.
Located in the Devon Lawn
Located in the Devon Lawn
Located in the Children’s Garden
Located in the Devon Lawn