Classes for Adults

Classes for Adults

Growing Fruit in Oklahoma

Learn how to get started with home fruit growing, from choosing plants to site considerations and including details of soils, planting, subsequent care including pruning and dealing with pests and problems.

Myriad Kitchen: Coffee

  • Saturday, June 22, 10-Noon
  • The Garden Classroom
  • Member $14; Nonmember $19
  • REGISTER HERE

Coffee Slingers Roasters has handcrafted original beverages to use coffee as a means of building positive bridges. This interactive class will focus on coffee sourcing in Central America, as well as the key fundamentals of roasting and the farm-to-cup concept.

Highlights in Botanical Drawing Workshop

  • Saturday, June 29, 10-Noon
  • The Garden Classroom & Crystal Bridge Conservatory
  • Member $29; Nonmember $34
  • REGISTER HERE BY JUNE 25

Immerse yourself in botanical drawing with pencil, toned paper and white compressed charcoal. Begin with a group instructional warmup session, and then stroll into the Crystal Bridge Conservatory to discover your own spaces and subjects to draw.

Guided Walking Tour

  • Saturday, June 29, 10am
  • Every last Saturday of the month
  • Meet in the Visitor Lobby, located at the south end of the Crystal Bridge
  • Geared towards adults, children and leashed dogs are always welcome
  • 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.

How to Manage the Most Common Pests for Growing Food

  • Saturday, July 13, 10am
  • The Garden Classroom
  • Member $9; Nonmember $14
  • Dale and Carrie Spoonemore, From Seed to Spoon
  • Register by Thursday, July 11
  • REGISTER HERE

Pests can be one of the most frustrating challenges when growing your own food. Join Dale and Carrie Spoonemore, creators of the From Seed to Spoon app, as they explain how to easily identify and manage the most common garden pests without the use of chemical pesticides.

Flower Gardening

  • Thursday, July 25, 6:30pm                         
  • The Garden Classroom
  • Member $9; Nonmember $14
  • Elia Woods, CommonWealth Urban Farms
  • Register by Tuesday, July 23
  • REGISTER HERE

Fill your home with flowers and learn about the easiest varieties to grow in Oklahoma City. Also, discover how to design and prepare your garden bed, discuss seeds versus transplants, annuals versus perennials, and explore the benefits of trellising and succession planting.

Succulent Birdhouse Workshop

  • Saturday, July 27, 1pm
  • The Garden Classroom
  • Member $55; Nonmember $70
  • Chelsea Hughes, Calvert’s Plant Interiors
  • Register by Thursday, July 18
  • REGISTER HERE

Enjoy creating a unique summer project – a succulent birdhouse. This living work of art can adorn an outdoor or indoor space; it will be hard to tell who loves it more, you or the birds.

Drip Irrigation Workshop

  • Saturday, August 3, 10am
  •  The Garden Classroom
  • Member $9; Nonmember $14
  • Nate Tschaenn, Director of Horticulture, Myriad Botanical Gardens
  • Christina Chicoraske, Water Conservation Coordinator, City of Oklahoma City Utilities
  • Register by Friday, August 2
  • REGISTER HERE

If you are considering a drip irrigation system, this workshop is for you. Learn key essentials, including hands-on practice with cutting pipe, inserting emitters, and connecting parts and pieces. Whether you plan to install it yourself or hire a professional, this class will boost your knowledge about design, functions, and benefits of a drip irrigation system. Outdoor demonstrations will accompany classroom presentations. 

Thought Leader Series: Pollination of Native Plants

  • Saturday, August 10, 10am                   
  • The Garden Classroom
  • Cost to be announced
  • Heather Holm, author and speaker
  • Register by Thursday, August 8
  • REGISTER HERE

This special presentation is a fascinating journey showcasing the development of different flower types and the presentation of floral resources to pollinators. Exploring the types of insect pollinators, their foraging behavior, and the floral features that attract pollinators, Holm will provide specific examples of how native plants are pollinated and which pollinator is most effective and why. A catch and release walk in the Gardens will follow, weather permitting. The event conclude with a book signing hosted by Full Circle Bookstore.

About the speaker

Heather Holm is an award-winning author who speaks across the country educating audiences about the fascinating world of native bees and the plants that support them. Her first book, Pollinators of Native Plants, was published in 2014, and her most recent book, Bees, was published in 2017. It has won six book awards including the 2018 American Horticultural Society Book Award.

All About Succulents

  • Tuesday, August 27, 6pm                          
  • The Garden Classroom
  • Member $9; Nonmember $14
  • Dr. Michael and Rosario Douglas
  • Register by Monday, August 28

Join a guided tour of the desert zone of the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory to learn about the fundamentals and intricacies of succulent plants. Then explore the natural history and cultivation of succulents as presented by this globe-traveling couple. Mike is retired from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Fall Gardening

  • Saturday, August 31, 10am                       
  • The Garden Classroom
  • Member $9; Nonmember $14
  • Larry Hocking, Berry Creek Farms
  • Register by Thursday, August 29
  • REGISTER HERE

Learn how to grow cool season vegetables in your own backyard. This class will emphasize design and preparation, planting and maintenance strategies, as well as harvesting.

Proper Pruning

  • Saturday, September 7, 1pm     
  • Yukon, Oklahoma – Chisholm Trail Park
  • Member $9; Nonmember $14
  • Courtney Keck, Canadian County Extension
  • Register by Thursday, September 5
  • REGISTER HERE

Trimming stems and branches is an important practice in maintaining a healthy and well-manicured lawn or garden. Learn what, when, and how to prune. Class will meet in the small gazebo at Chisholm Trail Park in Yukon.

Native Seed Collecting

  • Tuesday, September 10, 6:30pm
  • The Garden Classroom 
  • Member $14; Nonmember $19
  • Adam Sarmiento, Eco Landscaping
  • Register by Thursday, September 5
  • REGISTER HERE

Autumn is the perfect time for collecting native seeds. Join us in this hands-on seed collecting expedition in one of our signature spaces – Oklahoma Prairie Garden. The class will begin with a brief indoor presentation and then transition outdoors for the workshop portion.

Nature Photography Workshop

  • Saturday, September 14, 1pm  
  • The Garden Classroom 
  • Member $18; Nonmember $24
  • Doug Hoke, Director of Photography, The Oklahoman
  • Register by Tuesday, September 10
  • REGISTER HERE

Partake in a unique adventure through the viewfinder of your camera. Capture vibrant photos of garden landscapes, flowers, insects, and birds. Class begins indoors and then proceeds to the Crystal Bridge Conservatory and/or outdoors (weather permitting) for hands-on instruction. Bring your own camera.

Easy Plant Propagation

  • Saturday, September 21, 1pm                     
  • The Garden Classroom 
  • Member $18; Nonmember $24
  • Courtney Keck, Canadian County Extension
  • Register by Tuesday, September 17
  • REGISTER HERE

Learn what propagation is and how you can easily do this at home. Plants will be provided for you to propagate from, as well as soil, containers, and other needed materials.