July in the Gardens

July in the Gardens

Summer at Myriad Botanical Gardens will look different this year. As we learn to live with COVID-19, staff at the Gardens created a list of programs and events that fit into the new way we have to operate right now. That includes spaces with plenty of room for physical and social distancing. This summer only SONIC Summer Movies will be held in Scissortail Park. Inside classes will feature seating six feet apart. Instructors will wear masks and use a microphone so everyone can hear. Join us for a class or a fun event outside. See the list below:

SONIC Summer Movie Nights

Wednesday, July 1, July 8, July 15, July 22, July 29, August 5; 8-11 pm
Scissortail Park Love’s Travel Stops Stage and Great Lawn (for this summer only)
FREE

Free Sonic Summer Movie Night series is back! Bring your lawn chair or blanket to Scissortail Park’s Love’s Travel Stops Stage and Great Lawn (for this summer only) and enjoy offerings from a variety of local food trucks and vendors. The movie begins at sundown. Check out the lineup: 

  • July 1 – Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse
  • July 8 – Princess Bride
  • July 15 – LEGO Movie
  • July 22 – Black Panther
  • July 29 – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • August 5 – Viewer’s Choice (Voting to start on June 29, winners announced July 3)
    *Stay tuned for our social media viewer’s choice selection announcement.*

Weekly Walk-Ups

  • July 6–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 It’s that time of year when Reading Wednesdays move back outside. We’ll be reading nature-inspired books that connect children with what is growing and changing in the Garden each week.

Botanical Balance Free Yoga

Presented by Fowler Automotive
Sponsored by OU Medicine and Tinker Federal Credit Union

  • Tuesdays 6 pm and Saturdays 9 am (Saturdays return July 11)
  • Instructors provided by YMCA
  • Recommended for ages 16 & up
  • Bring mat and water

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. Bring your mat and water.

Soil: The Key to a Healthy Garden

  • Saturday, July 11, 10 am
  • Member $9; Nonmember $14
  • Instructors
    • Malarie Gotcher, The City of Oklahoma City, Water Utilities Dept.
    • Kelly Dillow, Oklahoma Dept. of Environmental Quality, Land Protection Division
  • REGISTER HERE

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

Zumba

Presented by Fowler Automotive.
Sponsored by OU Medicine and Tinker Federal Credit Union 

  • Thursdays, July 16, August 20, September 17, October 15, 7-8pm
  • Instructors provided by YMCA
  • The Devon Lawn
  • FREE

Join the party! Grab your workout clothes and comfortable shoes and join us on the Devon Lawn for Zumba! This class combines Latin and international music with a fun and effective workout system. Don’t forget to bring water.

Family Workshop: Marvelous Mallards

  • Thursday, July 16, 6-7 pm
  • The Garden Classroom
  • Member $7; Nonmember $9
  • Best for ages 6 to 10
  • REGISTER HERE

Do you and your kids love feeding the ducks at the Gardens? This is the perfect class for your family. We will learn about our resident water birds and what foods are best for their health and happiness. Then we’ll visit our feathered friends and feed them a healthy little feast.

Music From Hearts of Space

In partnership with KUCO

  • Fridays, July 24 and 31
  • Thursdays, August 6 and 13, 9-10pm
  • Devon Lawn
  • Bring mat or lawn chair
  • FREE

Myriad Botanical Gardens is hosting four meditation events on the Devon Lawn featuring music from Hearts of Space, a National Public Radio program featuring ambient and ethereal sounds intended to soothe and calm. A special introduction from the show creator, producer, and host Stephen Hill will be recorded to introduce each session. Bring a blanket and relax while enjoying the beauty of nature and a sense of peace and togetherness. To kick off the series, local artists will create large mandalas out of flowers foraged from the Gardens. Healthy refreshments will be available for purchase as well.

Guided Walking Tour

  • Saturday, July 25, 10 am
  • Last Saturday of every month
  • Meet in the south lobby, walk the Garden Grounds
  • 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.

Urban Hike

  • Saturdays, July 25 and September 26, 10 am-noon
  • Depart at the Visitor Lobby of the Crystal Bridge
  • Instructors provided by YMCA

Take a hike, literally, with a new Urban Hike beginning this spring at Myriad Botanical Gardens. Immediately after the regularly scheduled monthly Guided Walking Tour, instructors from the Greater YMCA Oklahoma City will lead participants on an hour-long hike through downtown Oklahoma City. Target locations will be announced prior to the hike. Bring water and wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Walk-ups are welcome. Geared towards adults, children, and strollers are welcome to join.

Identification & Weed Control for Home Lawns

  • Tuesday, July 28, 6:30 pm
  • Member $10; Nonmember $15
  • Instructor: James Underwood, Horticulturist, Myriad Botanical Gardens
  • REGISTER HERE

Learn how to identify common weeds, how to manage and selectively remove weed pressure, how to reduce populations through techniques (both chemical and mechanical), and how to properly assess and make adjustments in your own home lawn.