Classes at Myriad Botanical Gardens

Classes at Myriad Botanical Gardens

Education at Myriad Botanical Gardens

YOUTH AND FAMILIES

Revenge of the Plants! All about Carnivorous Plants
Saturday, June 12, 10-11am
M $12; NM $15
Best for ages 8 to 11
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Learn about some of the wackiest vegetation in the world – carnivorous plants! Kids will learn how these meat-eating plants work, why they eat meat and how to keep them alive. We’ll make a fun craft to turn our own hands into Venus flytraps and each child will take a small carnivorous plant home.

Tea Dragon Tea Party
Tuesday, June 15, 1-2pm and Thursday, June 17, 1-2pm
The Children’s Garden Porch
M $10; NM $12
Best for ages 6 to 10
Pre-registration is required
Register by Friday, June 11
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Visit our Tea Dragon raised bed in the Children’s Garden during the Bringing Books to Life – Children’s Garden Festival and discover the tasty world of tea and the magical world of dragons. We’ll learn about all the different types of tea and how they grow, then we’ll read a few books and end with a tea party. Tasty tea and snacks included.

Tiny Home Terrariums
Friday, June 18, 1-2pm
The Garden Classroom or Terrace Room
M $18; NM $20
Best for ages 6 and up
Pre-registration is required
Register by Tuesday, June 15
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Create a whimsical terrarium to bring home some of the tiny worlds from our Children’s Garden Festival! We’ll make a tiny home theme glass globe planter using easy-to-care-for succulents and decorate it using natural materials and mini magical items.

ADULTS

Carnivorous Plants 101
Saturday, June 12, 2-3pm
Member $18; Nonmember $22
Instructors: Alex Wedel and Brad Fowler, Myriad Gardens Horticulturists
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This program will discuss what makes a carnivorous plant a carnivorous plant, the most common types and all the tips and tricks you need to grow your own, including soil health and watering. Each participant will head home with their own carnivorous plant to get started.

Volunteer Spotlight: Storytime at the Gardens with Miss Georgia

Volunteer Spotlight: Storytime at the Gardens with Miss Georgia

Volunteer Spotlight

Storytime at the Gardens with Miss Georgia

Parents and educators know that storytime creates a participatory experience allowing young learners to enjoy hearing language in dynamic and entertaining ways. Hearing storybooks read aloud brings language learning alive. For children, it’s just fun.

Every Wednesday morning, Georgia Lamirand sets up the front corner of the Visitor Center of the Crystal Bridge Conservatory for Reading Wednesday. She volunteers to lead the longtime toddler storytime program at Myriad Botanical Gardens with books that are nature-themed and based on the season. For each session she is surrounded by up to a dozen young children, seated on carpet squares, attentively listening to her read aloud.

Lamirand is a pro. She spent 29 of her 40 years as an educator teaching early care and education instruction at Francis Tuttle Technology Center in Oklahoma City. Before retiring, Lamirand made volunteering one of her goals. On a field trip with her church group, she visited Myriad Botanical Gardens during the Bringing Books to Life – Children’s Garden Festival and was hooked.

“I just fell in love with the Children’s Garden,” she said. “At that time it was beautifully decorated for The Very Hungry Caterpillar and I decided that volunteering with the Gardens was for me.”

Since then, Lamirand can be found helping out with not only the Children’s Garden Festivals but also Pumpkinville, Weekly Walk-Ups, and Spring Break Pop-Ins. However, it is storytime that she looks forward to the most.

“Truthfully, whenever the spot came open for storytelling, I jumped on I because it utilizes my skills and it is what I like to do,” she said. “It makes my heart feel good that the children and parents enjoy coming to the Gardens on Wednesdays. I feel fortunate to have experience in this area.”

Lamirand ensures that books are age-appropriate and will often include a craft to tie to the story. Storytime moves to the Children’s Porch in warm weather. You will find “Miss Georgia” there.

For the last three years, Georgia Lamirand has been a top volunteer at the Gardens, contributing many hours of her time helping with children’s programs.