August in the Gardens

August in the Gardens

Youth and Family

Weekly Walk-Ups

  • LAST DAY Wednesday, August 12, Monday – Wednesday, 10 am-Noon
  • Children’s Garden Porch
  • Drop-in activities; $2 suggested donation per child

Come to the Children’s Garden for some fun activities that explore the world of plants.

    • Make-It Mondays: Children will “make and take” something home using a variety of natural and human-made craft materials.
    • Plant-astic Tuesdays: Learn about what plants are blooming that week in the Children’s Garden. Then go on a hunt to find that plant yourself!
    • Reading Wednesdays: We’ll be reading nature-inspired books that connect children with what is growing and changing in the Garden each week.

Family Workshop: Fall Monarch Gardens 101

  • Friday, August 14, 2-3pm
  • The Garden Classroom
  • Member $16; NM $18
  • Best for ages 6 to 10
  • Register by Tuesday, August 4

The monarchs are coming. Are you ready to help them make their long journey as they migrate to Mexico for the winter? We will learn a bit about monarch butterflies, visit some example habitats in the Gardens and learn how to help monarchs in your backyard and neighborhood. Everyone will head home with one milkweed plant and one nectar plant for their home garden.

Prairie Seed Adventure

  • Thursday, August 27, 6-7 pm
  • The Garden Classroom and Oklahoma Prairie Garden
  • Member $6; Nonmember $8
  • Best for ages 7 to 11
  • Register by Friday, August 21

Seeds travel in wild ways. We’ll look at the real plant and seed specimens to learn all about how seeds travel in different habitats. Then we’ll go on a seed adventure in the Prairie Garden, gathering seeds for your own collection to take home to share with friends or grow your own plants next year.


Creating a Monarch Waystation

  • Tuesday, August 11, 6-7 pm
  • The Garden Classroom and Oklahoma Prairie Garden
  • Member $14; Nonmember $19
  • Peggy Turner, Oklahoma County Master Gardener
  • Register by Friday, August 7

Monarch Waystations are garden habitats specifically designed to provide the resources necessary for monarchs to produce successive generations and sustain their migration as they travel south in the winter and north in the spring. Learn how to build your own waystation from the ground up, including planning and design, sourcing host and nectar plants, garden maintenance, and certification.

Intermediate Photography Workshop

  • Saturday, August 29, 10am-Noon
  • The Garden Classroom & Meinders Garden
  • Member $18; Nonmember $24
  • Doug Hoke, Director of Photography, The Oklahoman
  • Register by Tuesday, August 25

Take your photography skills to the next level. Begin with a group instructional session, and then stroll through our Meinders Garden to capture individual snapshots. The program will conclude with a group reflection, which includes comparisons and critiques aimed at enhancing your talents.

Botanical Balance FREE YOGA

Presented by Fowler Auto

Sponsored by OU Medicine and Tinker Federal Credit Union

  • Tuesdays, 6pm and Saturdays, 9am
  • Instructors from YMCA
  • Recommended for ages 16&Up

Practicing yoga in the Gardens has the added benefit of connecting you with nature. The Gardens offer a space of beauty and tranquility to help relieve stress and quiet your mind. Classes are open to all levels, whether you are a beginner or an experienced yogi. Thanks to our new presenting sponsors Fowler Auto and Tinker Federal Credit Union, with sponsor OU Medicine, yoga is offered two times weekly free of charge.

Guided Walking Tour

  • Last Saturday of the Month, 10 am
  •  August 29, September 26, October 31, November 28, December 26
  • Garden Grounds, meet in the south lobby
  • 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 year-round color to drought-tolerant choices and more. Self-guided plant tour handouts are available in our north lobby.

Art in the Gardens

Bright Golden Haze: Fireflies by Nathan Pratt

  • Meinders Terrace
  • Open now through October, nightly 5-11 pm
  • Learn more here

Oklahoma artist Nathan Pratt has created more than two dozen mixed media fireflies that have been installed in the Meinders Garden. For the Gardens fireflies, he assembled concentric metal tubes that were cut in varying lengths to resemble the gradient shape of the bug. The tail containing a lightbulb is acrylic. There are two sets of wings. One is water jet cut and the other solid metal, hammered into a curve to cover up the inner wing. It is part of Bright Golden Haze: Reflections, a partnership with Oklahoma Contemporary and funded by a series of grants from Kirkpatrick Family Fund to extend the theme of light from the art center’s inaugural exhibition, Bright Golden Haze.

Different Angles: Jason Wilson and Sara Atlee

  • Through August 9
  • FREE to view during Crystal Bridge hours: Monday-Saturday, 9 am-5 pm; Sunday, 11 am-5 pm
  • Visitor Lobby, Crystal Bridge Conservatory
  • Get artists’ bios here

Conversations of Duality: Bryon Perdue Jr. and William Walker Larason

  • August 11–September 7, 2020
  • FREE to view during Crystal Bridge hours: Monday-Saturday, 9 am-5 pm; Sunday, 11 am-5 pm
  • Visitor Lobby, Crystal Bridge Conservatory



In keeping with recommendations and requirements regarding COVID-19:

  • Attendees are required to wear a mask.
  • Attendees must social distance in order to participate. While inside we will physically distance chairs for easy seating.
  • The instructors will be wearing masks and using a microphone so everyone can hear them.