OKC Garden Fest set for Saturday, May 11

OKC Garden Fest set for Saturday, May 11

4th Annual OKC Garden Fest set for Saturday, May 11, 9am-4pm

OKC Garden Fest is Saturday, May 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Myriad Botanical Gardens. Organized by the Myriad Gardens’ director of horticulture, Nate Tscheann, this is the fourth year for the fest, the third year at the Gardens. More than 40 vendors from throughout Oklahoma will be on-site for the festival of plants, gardens, and artists (see the list below). Buy locally grown and made items for your garden and home, ask the experts your planting questions, enjoy some family fun activities and grab a yummy bite to eat. Perennials, annuals, native plants, herbs, produce, florals, succulents, pollinator plants, wines, agriculturally-related crafts and more will be available.

OKC Garden Fest is located next to the Children’s Garden and Mo’s Carousel in the Pavilion Lawn. Activities for children will also be offered. There is no admission fee for the pet and family-friendly event. Food trucks will be available. For more information please visit myriadgardens.org.

OKC Garden Fest 2019 vendors to-date:

May in the Gardens

May in the Gardens

OKC Garden Fest is Saturday, May 11, 9am-4pm

Reading Wednesdays

  • Every Wednesday
  • May 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29, 10am
  • Visitor Center Lobby
  • FREE
  • Best for ages 2 to 5

Bring your youngster for story time each Wednesday at 10 am. Books are nature-themed and selected based on the season. We’ll begin with an interactive song and children will enjoy creating a small craft after the story. Join us the last Wednesday of the month for reading and craft time with the Downtown Library. For groups of 10 or more please call Kodi Clifford at (405) 835-6789.

Tiny Greenhouses

  • Wednesday, May 1, 6-7pm
  • The Garden Classroom
  • Member $8; Nonmember $10
  • Best for ages 7 to 10
  • Register by Friday, April 26

Start spring seeds with your family as we create mini greenhouses made out of recycled materials. We’ll learn the process of seed starting with hands-on planting time and discover the importance of greenhouses for plants as we visit a not-so-tiny greenhouse – the Crystal Bridge Conservatory! Each child will get to create their own small greenhouse with planted seeds to take home.

The Art of Flowers

Thursday, May 2, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Park House Events Center at Myriad Botanical Gardens
Co-chairs: Jil and Tony Boghetich

The Art of Flowers is a one-of-a-kind spring luncheon featuring a master floral arranger who will demonstrate how to create gorgeous and unusual floral arrangements that can be made at home for special occasions or everyday enjoyment. Proceeds of the luncheon help us earn $50,000 to match a grant with the Robert Glenn Rapp Foundation to endow our spring bulb displays in the Gardens. Lunch will be catered by The Social Order Dining Collective.

Louesa Roebuck is a designer of ecologically sound flora installations and printmaker living in Ojai, California. The author of Foraged Flora, Roebuck’s work has been featured in national and international magazines and media including Vogue, Sunset, The New York Times, Martha Stewart Magazine and GOOP. Her impressive client list includes Michael Pollan, Michelle Obama, Todd Selby, Gwyneth Paltrow, Vivienne Westwood and Alice Waters of Chez Panisse.

Dancing in the Gardens featuring the Salsa

  • Friday, May 3, 7-10pm
  • Seasonal Plaza
  • FREE

Dancing in the Gardens returns to our seasonal plaza Friday, May 3! It is one of the OKC’s favorite ways to spend an out-of-the-box Friday night. Make it a date night or family date night. All ages welcome! On opening night, our amazing instructor Marti Rickman from Clips & Hips will start the evening with a Salsa dance lesson at 7 p.m., followed by free dance lessons for all. At 8 p.m., D.J. Juan Red Handed Cordova will spin Salsa tunes to really get the party started. Emceed Jorge and Brenda from Tango Public Relations. Enjoy Taco Nation food truck and Double Shot will be providing the bar service.

Botanical Balance FREE YOGA

Presented by Fowler Toyota, sponsored by Tinker Federal Credit Union and Stephenson Cancer Center

  • Tuesdays, 5:45 pm and Saturdays, 9 am
  • Check in at the Visitor Center and find out location which changes depending on the season or watch our social media @myriadgardens
  • Instructors provided by This Land Yoga
  • Bring a mat, water, and an “open mind”
  • Recommended for ages 16&Up

Practicing yoga in the Gardens has the added benefit of connecting you with nature. Classes are open to all levels, whether you are a beginner or an experienced yogi. The Gardens offer a space of beauty and tranquility to help relieve stress and quiet your mind. Thanks to our presenting sponsor Fowler Toyota, and our generous ongoing sponsors Tinker Federal Credit Union and Stephenson Cancer Center, ALL yoga is FREE twice weekly.

Soil: The Key to a Healthy Garden

  • Saturday, May 4, 1-3pm
  • The Garden Classroom
  • Member $9; Nonmember $14
  • Register by Tuesday, April 30

Learn the basics of soil structure, soil testing, how to amend problem soil and the essential ingredients and steps in preparing, maintaining, and utilizing organic compost.

Jedi Yoga sponsored by Fowler Toyota

  • Saturday, May 4, 2-3pm
  • Seasonal Plaza
  • FREE
  • BYOLS = Bring Your Own Light Sabor
  • SPECIAL GUEST: Darth Vader

A long time ago, in a garden far, far away… a group of Jedi Knights and Jedi Masters gathered to hone their abilities and probably did a lot of yoga! This will be a fun Star Wars themed yoga class on “May the Force Be With You” day. It is NOT required, but if you feel inspired to come in costume, that would be awesome! Instructed by Emily Madden with This Land Yoga. and special guest, Darth Vader.

OKC Garden Fest

  • Saturday, May 11, 9am-4pm
  • Pavilion Lawn located by Mo’s Carousel and the Children’s Garden
  • More than 40 vendors. Get the list here.

Join us on Saturday, May 11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for this annual festival of plants, gardens, and artists. More than 40 vendors will be in attendance. Buy items for your garden and home, ask the experts your planting questions, enjoy some family fun activities and grab a yummy bite to eat. Buy locally grown and made products! The festival will offer perennials, annuals, native plants, herbs, produce, florals, succulents, pollinator plants, wines, and agriculturally-related crafts. Activities for children will also be offered and there is no charge for attending and food trucks will be on-site.

Mother’s Day at the Crystal Bridge

  • Saturday, May 12, 11am-5pm (Crystal Bridge hours)
  • Moms get FREE admission to the Crystal Bridge with one paid family member

Seed Bomb Walkup at Garden Fest

  • Saturday, May 11, 11am – 2pm
  • Children’s Garden Entrance
  • $1 for 2 seed bombs
  • All ages welcome

Join us to make homemade seed bombs so you create color explosion flower gardens in your yard and neighborhood. We’ll have information about the types of seeds in our wildflower mix and how you’re helping out local pollinator and animal friends.

Little Saplings

  • Every other Tuesday
  • May 14 & 28; June 11, 10-11am
  • Children’s Garden Porch
  • Member $3; Nonmember $4
  • Best for ages 2 to 5
  • Register by Friday before

Join us in the Children’s Garden for an hour of songs, games, and interactive nature fun. Toddlers (and parents!) will get to learn about the exciting world of gardens in an engaging and educational way. Each week features a new theme with corresponding activities and learning opportunities. Every Little Saplings event begins with a song, ends with a sensory bin, and includes a hands-on craft.

Full Moon Bike Ride and Run
Sponsored by Stephenson Cancer Center and Ride OKC

  • May 17, 8pm run/8:30pm ride
  • $5 per person 
  • D.J. Brian Smith from muttradio.com will get us motivated with his great moon tunes!

Bring your bike and meet up at the Band Shell stage on the Devon Lawn for a leisurely hour’s ride through Downtown. The Full Moon Bike Ride and Run is a casual monthly event where friends and families can enjoy a leisure one-hour bike ride or 5K run, through downtown OKC as the sun sets. Routes are specially planned by Schlegel Bicycles. Don’t have a bike? Use Spokies bike or rent with Ride OKC! OK Runner leads the 5K run.

Other dates are: June 21 with Summer Solstice, 8 pm run/8:30 pm ride; July 16, 8pm run/8:30pm ride – This ride celebrates the 50th anniversary of the moon landing! Come dressed as your favorite astronaut or turn your bike into a rocket ship!; August 15 will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Woodstock – come as your fun-loving inner-hippie, 8pm run/8:30pm ride; September 12, 7pm run/7:30pm ride; and October 14, 7pm run/7:30pm ride.

Organic Gardening

  • Saturday, May 18, 10-Noon
  • The Garden Classroom
  • Member $14; Nonmember $19
  • Register by Tuesday, May 14

Topics will include building organic soil, companion planting, protecting beneficial insects, securing best heirloom seeds, and unconventional planting methods.  Registrants will receive free seeds to take home.

Sprouting Chefs: Kid-Friendly Dips

  • Saturday, May 18, 2-3pm
  • The Garden Classroom
  • Member $8; Nonmember $10
  • Best for ages 7 to 11
  • Register by Tuesday, May 14

Get ready for your summer picnics! We’ll talk about what goes into our favorite dips, like hummus and salsa, and then learn to make a couple easy and healthy homemade versions, including one dessert dip. We’ll get to enjoy our tasty creations with veggies, chips, and crackers and head home with the recipes.

Guided Walking Tour

  • Saturday, May 25, 10am
  • Every last Saturday of the month
  • Meet in the Visitor Lobby, located at the south end of the Crystal Bridge
  • FREE

Expand your knowledge of Oklahoma plants and find inspiration for your own garden with our educational FREE 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 south lobby. Geared towards adults, children and leashed dogs always welcome.

Severe Weather Science

  • Saturday, May 25, 10-11 am
  • Children’s Garden Porch
  • Member $6; Nonmember $8
  • Best for ages 7 to 11
  • Register by Tuesday, April 30

Come and be blown away as we discover the raw power of Mother Nature by studying how storms are formed! The class will observe science experiments and visit the Children’s Garden weather station and Air Quality Bench, where they will find instruments that meteorologists use to predict storms. Participants will then be able to create a homemade barometer to take home as the start of their very own weather station!

Navy Southwest’s 32nd Street Brass Band performance

  • Thursday, May 30, 11am and then again at 7pm
  • Band shell and The Devon Lawn
  • FREE

In celebration of Navy Week (May 27-June 2) the Navy Southwest’s 32nd Street brass band will present two concerts in the Gardens. A short performance at 11am followed by a full brass band performance at 7pm. This band, stationed in San Diego, CA, is a New Orleans-style brass ensemble with a wide-ranging repertoire of classic and contemporary hits. Audiences will enjoy dynamic jazz, rock, funk, R&B, and current popular songs. 32nd Street Brass Band engages and captivates audiences with its high-energy style. Food trucks will be on the lawn throughout the day as well as multiple Navy vendors including recruiters and an aircraft squadron from Tinker Air Force Base.

Family Workshop: Twig Engineering

  • Thursday, May 30, 2-3pm
  • The Garden Classroom and Garden Grounds
  • Member $6; Nonmember $8
  • Best for ages 8 to 11
  • Register by Friday, May 24

Calling all future scientists, engineers, and foresters! Kids will use their imagination and STEAM skills to create twig boats out of natural materials. We’ll discuss ideas for successful boats and put our designs to the test as we work in family or friend teams to craft small vessels that can float, move and hold cargo. We’ll end the class by testing our creations on real, open water!

Summer Celebration Series: Weather

  • Friday, May 31, 10 am-2 pm
  • Children’s Garden
  • Member $5; Nonmember $7

Join us for the first of three Summer Celebrations in the Children’s Garden as we explore the thunderous topic of weather! Demonstrations, hands-on activities, experiments, crafts, games and more will be available for families to learn about cloud types, storm formations, and weather prediction. You won’t want to miss this exciting event for the entire family!

Katelynn N. Knick: Bloom & Grow

  • Opening Reception: Free and open to the public
  • Friday, May 31, 5:30-6:30pm
  • Visitor Center Lobby, South end of the Crystal Bridge
  • Exhibition Run: May 31, 2019 – July 15, 2019

The title “bloom and grow” refers to the folk song Edelweiss celebrating the Austrian flower. I spent a lot of my youth attending a Girl Scout summer camp in western Oklahoma. Singing was a tradition after every meal on the back porch of the dining hall and every week at our closing campfire ceremony. I remember singing this song and feeling like it was a lullaby to nature, an ode to growth, and a warm welcome to a familiar friend.

My artwork uses color and movement to share my personal narrative exploring humor, memories, and feelings. Ambiguous clusters of marks and colors, thin lines that draw lingering connections, and lumpy overlapping forms all collectively create associations, sensations, and feelings that inform and connect our shared experience.