Crystal Bridge Conservatory is CLOSED for Renovation Project

Crystal Bridge Conservatory is CLOSED for Renovation Project

Crystal Bridge Conservatory is closed for Complete Renovation Project

Reopening of Iconic Structure in Myriad Botanical Gardens Scheduled for Late 2022

For the first time in its 30-plus year history, the Crystal Bridge Conservatory in Myriad Botanical Gardens will undergo a complete renovation of its interior spaces. Among the many upgrades designed to enhance visitor experience are a new path layouts, educational exhibits, improved ADA accessibility and a new gift shop.

Additional features of the $9.7 million project include improvements to the Conservatory’s interior aging infrastructure, a more diverse plant collection with both permanent and rotating exhibits, as well as new and enhanced water elements, circulation paths, and sitting areas. A second level terrace feature will overlook the conservatory and add much-needed educational programming and venue space. Improved accessibility, including an elevator, will enable people for all ages and physical abilities to fully enjoy the space.

The Crystal Bridge is closed until fall 2022.

As the centerpiece of the Gardens, the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory’s unique design has earned attention and praise in the architectural community. It is 224 feet long, 70 feet in diameter, and is covered by 3,028 sections of translucent, double-layered acrylic panels. The Conservatory includes 13,000 square feet of plant display area in two distinct climates: the Tropical Wet Zone and the Tropical Dry Zone at the north end.

“The improvements planned for the Bridge will ensure that it is as world-class as the outdoor spaces in the Gardens,” said Maureen Heffernan, CEO of Myriad Gardens and Scissortail Park Foundations. “This more dynamic conservatory renovation takes full advantage of the major downtown development just south of the Gardens, including Scissortail Park, the Convention Center and Omni Hotel. With new educational features planned for the conservatory, learning experiences will be enriched for all ages and contribute to the long term financial sustainability of the Gardens.”

Funding for the project has been provided by Inasmuch Foundation, Devon Energy Corp., City of Oklahoma City, E.L. and Thelma Gaylord Foundation, Jean and David McLaughlin and the Kirkpatrick Family Fund.

The architectural, exhibit and retail design team include Murase and Associates (Seattle), ADG ( Oklahoma City), Gecko Group for educational exhibits (Philadelphia), and Charles Sparks & Company for retail design (Chicago).

Watch the interviews of Maureen Heffernan, CEO

 

IT’S AN EPIC PLANT SALE! 

Shop for a small piece of Crystal Bridge history and benefit the Gardens on Saturday, May 29. Gardens’ members get FIRST PICK 9am-noon. Open to the public noon-5pm. This will be a sale for those plants that will not be transferred to the new interior after its renovation. Hundreds of plants both large and small will be sold off including tropicals suitable for houseplants like anthuriums, calatheas, philodendrons and clivias, as well as desert and succulent plants such as aloe, agaves, kalanchoe and cacti.

Cuttings of dozens of species will also be available, so guests will have an opportunity to buy a literal piece of Oklahoma City history. If you’re a member come early! Social Greenery will be on hand selling pots both large and small and providing guests the opportunity to pot their plants up onsite.

Larger pots from Calvert’s Plant Interiors will also be available for purchase. 

See our history timeline here

Orchids in October 2020: Honoring Jil and Tony Boghetich

Orchids in October 2020: Honoring Jil and Tony Boghetich

Honoring Jil and Tony Boghetich

Orchids in October honors Jil and Tony Boghetich with the James R. Tolbert III Crystal Orchid Award, which is in recognition of individuals who have significantly impacted the beauty and success of not only Myriad Botanical Gardens but all of Oklahoma City.

Each spring more than 40,000 tulips, daffodil, hyacinth, and scilla bulbs bloom at Myriad Botanical Gardens creating a cheerful and dazzling sea of bright color. This display draws thousands of visitors who enjoy the spring flowers.

Longtime supporters, Jil and Tony Boghetich, were enchanted by the community’s enthusiastic response to the bulbs that were first planted in 2012 and shared the vision of the Gardens to offer a stunning floral display each spring in the heart of downtown that is free to view.

“Myriad Botanical Gardens is a treasure our city has embraced. The annual display of spring blooms brings great joy to many of our citizens and visitors. Jil and I personally have supported this effort on our own and through the Robert Glenn Rapp Foundation, where we serve as trustees. We are truly honored to have been a small part of this effort.” – Tony Boghetich

Residents of Oklahoma City and La Jolla, California, Jil, and Tony, who both serve on the board of the Robert Glenn Rapp Foundation, facilitated a matching grant award that is now fully realized. As a result, we have established a $400,000 permanent endowment fund guaranteeing a dazzling display of spring bulbs in perpetuity.

Jil and Tony continue to give generously to the Gardens in many ways. In 2019, they served as co-chairs of the biennial spring luncheon fundraiser, Art of Flowers, helping us raise grant funds to fulfill the Rapp Foundation match requirements. Tony also serves on the Myriad Gardens Foundation Community Board.

As we plant thousands of bulbs this winter, we remain deeply grateful to Jil and Tony for their extraordinary gift that keeps giving to the multitude of visitors who look forward to visiting the Gardens each year to celebrate the arrival of spring.

“We are truly appreciative of the incredible support from Jil and Tony Boghetich to ensure that generations of visitors to the Gardens will have the
opportunity to enjoy the enchanting spring floral displays.” 

    – Chair Emeritus Jim Tolbert, Myriad Gardens Foundation

NEW THIS YEAR

Fresh flowers delivered right to your door in thanks for your support.

Your support is essential at this time. Like so many of our nonprofit peers, Myriad Botanical Gardens must continue raising funds despite the challenges presented by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

While we are not able to host the beautiful Orchids in October ceremony and luncheon this year to honor Jil and Tony Boghetich, we still want to celebrate them and all they do. One of the best ways to do that is to continue your annual support of this fall event. We would like to thank you for your generous gift with fresh flower bouquets from White Flower Farm, a family-owned, mail-order nursery renowned for their high-quality plant material.

All bouquets are shipped overnight from the grower, right to your door, and feature beautiful arrangements to brighten your day, much like the spring bulb displays in the Gardens.

Sample bouquet from White Flower Farm for Orchids in October support. Arrangements based on availability and season.

With a gift of $500 or more, receive fresh flowers delivered right to your home or business, or to give as a gift. Depending on your gift level, you can enjoy monthly flowers for up to an entire year.

PLATINUM: $5,000
TWELVE months of freshly cut flower bouquets
PLUS an orchid from Calvert’s Plant Interiors.

GOLD: $2,500
NINE months of freshly cut flower bouquets PLUS
an orchid from Calvert’s Plant Interiors.

SILVER: $1,000
THREE months of freshly cut flower bouquets.

BRONZE: $500
ONE freshly cut flower bouquet.

INDIVIDUAL: $1OO
Receive ONE complimentary Family Membership.

Contact Debora Morey, (405) 445-7084, dmorey@myriadgardens.org