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January 2018 Kids & Families SATURDAY, JANUARY 13, 4-8PM
WINTER OLYMPIC EXPO
Join us for an afternoon of fun at the Devon Ice Rink and Park House including music from DJ Brian Smith with muttradio.com, face painting and fun for the entire family. See hockey, figure skating and curling demo’s. Each wristband includes skating at the Devon Ice Rink, and admission into our Park House Event Center for meet and greets with our expo athletes, hot chocolate, three Olympic donuts from Metro Minis, crafts and Olympic games.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 14, 11AM-1PM
January - March 2018
The Myriad Botanical Gardens and Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory opened on March 25, 1988. Since then we’ve hosted millions of visitors, thousands of events, weddings, proposals and more. Visitors have enjoyed bountiful plantings, beautiful spring bulbs and more. We will remember the past 30 years with gratitude and celebrate the exciting future.
30TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE MYRIAD BOTANICAL GARDENS & CRYSTAL BRIDGE
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PAINTING IN THE GARDENS: SNOWY PAGODA
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Devon Ice Rink and Park House Member Child: $12 wristband, Ages 4-10 Nonmembers Child: $15 wristband, ALL Adults: $8 wristband
Terrace Room $30 members, call (405) 227-0230 $35 nonmembers, register at wineandpalette.com
Paint a “Snowy Pagoda” with Wine and Palette in time for the 2018 Olympics.
Registration is easy! Visit myriadgardens.org MONDAY, JANUARY 15, 10AM-1PM
MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY CELEBRATION
Crystal Bridge South Lobby and Water Stage ALL AGES WELCOME! Celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a morning of music, crafts, readings and a soul food tasting from Melodee’s Soul Food and Creole. Help unite OKC by placing a string on our “woven together” art display, bring a canned good food item that will be donated to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, or take a peace walk through the Gardens highlighting quotes and important events in the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. At 11:30 a.m. join us at the Water Stage or Park House Event Center (weather dependent) for a reading of Dr. King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech followed by a performance from the Oklahoma Collegiate Gospel Choir.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 20, 10-11:30AM
BREAKFAST IN THE BRIDGE
Crystal Bridge Conservatory and Terrace Room M $10; NM $12 Best for ages 6-10 Register by January 16 Come warm up in our tropical conservatory while learning all about the yummy breakfast food that grows in the tropics. Kids will have fun on a scavenger hunt to find oranges, mangos and bananas and other tropical foods and finish up with a healthy breakfast feast.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 27, 10-11:30AM
Terrace Room M $7; NM $9 Best for ages 6-10 Register by January 23
HOURS Monday-Thursday, 3-9pm Friday, 3-11pm; Saturday, 11am-11pm Sunday, 11am-7pm ADMISSION $13 includes skate rental $8 with your own skates $7 for Gardens’ members, includes skate rental SEASON ENDS JANUARY 28, 2018
We’ll delve into the fascinating properties of plants in this class as we perform experiments to discover how water moves in plants, how leaves eat, how sunflowers move with the sun and more. We’ll start by going over what plants need to grow and then put our mad scientist hats on to undertake experiments that show how smart plants are in figuring out ways to get what they need to grow.
Ongoing in the Gardens
Adults SATURDAY, JANUARY 20, 8-11PM
BREAK THE ICE
Devon Ice Rink and Park House Event Center M: $20 wristband; NM: $25 wristband Ages 21+ ONLY for indoor activities Cupcakes, Beer Flights, Board Games and Ice Skating - what more could you ask for on a Saturday night? Each paid participant’s wristband includes skating at the Devon Ice Rink and admission into our Park House Event Center to play board games and enjoy COOP Ale Works beer samples and cupcake treats by Green Goodies. Additional beverages can be purchased onsite. Guests at the Devon Ice Rink can enjoy music from DJ Brian Smith or purchase a churro and hot chocolate from our onsite vendors.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 28, 2-3PM
HOUSE PLANT HOW TO
Crystal Bridge 2nd Floor Conference Room M $10; NM $15 Roberta Rowland, Gardens Conservatory Manager Register by January 23 Succulents make gorgeous houseplants and are easy to grow. Join us as for a talk in our tropical conservatory to learn about succulent house plants that can grow in most indoor spaces. You’ll learn about different types of succulents and how to care for them so they add wonderful life to your home. Participants will take home a small tropical plant of their own to nourish and enjoy.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 31, 6-7PM
HYGGE WITH PLANTS
Crystal Bridge 2nd Floor Conference Room M $7; NM $9 Linda Vater, Garden Essence Register by January 26 Hygge (pronounced Hue-gah) is a Scandinavian word used to describe finding coziness in winter- it might be achieved with a candle, a cozy blanket, or hot cocoa by a fire but it can also be found with plants! Plants can add brightness, beauty and warmth to your home and brighten your mood. Linda Vater, Garden Blogger and Designer, will share inspiration with photos, her best design tips and favorite plants for horticultural Hygge in your home year round.
TUESDAYS, 5:45PM S AT U RDAY, JA N UA RY 13 10A M – 4P M
H E A LT H & WELLNESS R E T R E AT Terrace Room and Water Plaza Room M $75; NM $85 Register by January 9 Recharge yourself in this energizing retreat with herbs and plants that help to restore body and mind. 10–11AM Join Gardener and Herbalist Lori Coats of My Raggedy Herbs who will discuss the benefits of herbs, how to grow your own herbs and how to make a healing herbal salve to soothe dry winter skin.
JANUARY 16 & 30, FEBRUARY 13 & 27, MARCH 13 & 27, 10-11AM
Children’s Garden M $3; NM $4 Best for ages 2-5 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. Experience activities such as making mud pies, watching caterpillars grow, making bird seed ornaments, or potting up seeds. Every Little Saplings event will include a sensory bin, a song, and a game.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 28, 2-5PM
Join the Myriad Gardens online at myriadgardens.org
This is a great, alllevels class led by Lisa Woodward from This Land Yoga. Class participants should bring a yoga mat and water. Class participants will meet in the south lobby for check-in each week. Drop in for a session or two or enjoy the entire series!
EVERY WEDNESDAY, 10AM
READING WEDNESDAYS Crystal Bridge South Lobby FREE Best for ages 2-5
Bring your youngster for story time each Wednesday at 10am. 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. For groups of 10 or more please call Kodi Clifford at (405) 835-6789.
LAST WEDNESDAY OF MONTH, 10AM
READING WEDNESDAY WITH THE DOWNTOWN LIBRARY Crystal Bridge South Lobby FREE Best for ages 2-5
12: 30–1: 30PM Enjoy a delicious meal catered by Nourished Food Bar and a talk from them about how they create tasty and healthy meals.
3–4PM Join Stefanie Grant of Twinkle* Apothecary to make your own natural lip balm and cheek tint and translucent face powder.
No late arrivals after 5:50pm Terrace Room Member: $5; Nonmember: $10 Must be 16 and older
11: 15AM –12: 15PM Tai Chi is described by many as Martial Arts in slow motion and is practiced today as a calming form of exercise. Join Caple Spence from the Long River Tai Chi Circle as he teaches you the basics of this long-practiced and centering exercise.
1: 45–2: 45PM Cultivate the restorative art of mindfulness, the state of active, open attention on the present, with Dena Bradford, mindfulness expert.
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Myriad Gardens Bridal Open House
Park House Events Center FREE, reservations required by January 22 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are planning to get married in 2018, don’t miss our Bridal Open House to visit some of the best vendors, wedding professionals in OKC and the Gardens’ rental team at the Park House Events Center. Special guided tours on mobile carts will run every 30 minutes to the variety of wedding locations available in the Gardens. Enjoy hot cocoa, drinks and hors d’oeuvres and win prizes. See the list of our favorite vendors online at myriadgardens.org.
On the last Wednesday of every month, we’re pairing up with the Downtown Library. Library staff will be onsite to sign families up for library cards, provide books you can check out and provide a fun activity or craft. JANUARY 27, FEBRUARY 24, MARCH 31, 10AM
GARDENS WALKING TOUR Last Saturday of Every Month, 10am South Lobby and Garden Grounds FREE Walkups Welcome
Join us to expand your Oklahoma plant knowledge and get great ideas for your yard. Each month changes as the plants grow through the seasons; in February we’ll discuss plants for color and in January and March we’ll highlight plants for water conservation.
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February 2018 Kids & Families SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2 – 3:30PM
HOT CHOCOLATE VALENTINE Terrace Room M $12; NM $15 Best for ages 6-10 Register by February 6
Did you know chocolate is made from a fruit that grows on tropical trees? Learn about the fascinating process that turns cocoa beans into the tasty wintertime hot chocolate drink we all love. We’ll start with a hunt through our conservatory to find the fruit growing on the tree, do a hot chocolate tasting and then create two treat packages with cocoa mixes and cards to give away to our valentines.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16, 4-8PM
LUNAR NEW YEAR AT THE GARDENS Water Stage, Crystal Bridge and Park House Event Center $8 for Adults, $7 for seniors, students (ages 13-19 or w/valid college ID) and active military $5 for children (ages 4-12) FREE for children (under 4) FREE for members
We are partnering up with our friends from Super Cao Nguyen in the OKC Asian District to celebrate the Lunar New Year! Join us for a late afternoon of music, face painting and fun for the entire family. The Gardens will have lion dancers, festive décor, crafts for the kids, cultural presentations, calligraphers to write your name in Chinese, food vendors/Boba Tea—in the Park House Event Center and t-shirts for sale.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 11AM–12:30PM
SPROUTING CHEFS: FUN AND FRESH LUNCHES Terrace Room Food for Thought M $15; NM $20 Best for ages 7-11 Register by February 13
Start the Lunar New Year off right with a healthy cooking class for kids. We’ll learn the basics of making healthy, easy dishes that your little ones will love. Families will work together to create a few nutritious lunch options and leave with the skills and inspiration to continue the fun at home.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 11–11:45AM
STRICTLY FOR THE BIRDS
Children’s Garden Porch Abigail Curry, Children’s Garden Manager M $3; NM $5 Best for ages 5-9 Register by February 20 Join us for a morning of birdbrained education and craft making. Learn how to make your backyard a bird-friendly habitat with plants and make a bird feeder to further welcome birds to your yard.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9. 7 – 9:30PM
VALENTINE’S, SWEETS, EATS & BEATS Park House Event Center M: $35; NM: $40 Ages 21+ ONLY Register by February 8
Celebrate love at the Gardens! Enjoy champagne, food, live music and dancing in our Park House Event Center with beautiful nighttime views of the Crystal Bridge. Ticket price includes one glass of champagne, light appetizers and a raffle ticket for our staycation basket. Additional drinks and raffle tickets will be available to purchase.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 10 – 11:30AM
PLANT PROPAGATION MADE SIMPLE Terrace Room M $14; NM $18 Register by February 6
Plant propagation is the creation of new plants from seeds, cuttings or other plant parts and is economical, as one plant can become 10 for free. We’ll will discuss and demonstrate the various methods for propagating herbaceous perennials and herbs, from division to cuttings. You will then be guided through making your own propagated cutting to take home as he discusses care tips.
MYRIAD KITCHEN: AN INTRO TO HEALTHY COOKING FEBRUARY 16 – MARCH 24
Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory Free with Crystal Bridge admission $8 adults, $7 seniors/students/military. FREE for members of the Gardens
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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 17, NOON–2PM
The “Poetree” Show
New and exciting things are in store for our volunteers in 2018 and we would like for you to be a part of them. You don’t have to be a plant expert to find your place in our valued community of volunteers. Contact Megan Brown, Volunteer Program Manager, at (405) 445-7087 or email@example.com
Registration is easy! Call (405) 445-7080 or visit myriadgardens.org
Plants have long served as an inspiration for poetry. For the 2018 orchid show, poetry will be the inspiration for our annual floral displays. Curated and arranged by Nate Tschaenn, director of horticulture and resident orchid expert, the Crystal Bridge will be filled with hundreds of spectacular orchids and tropical flowers featured in exhibits inspired by some of our favorite poems. Visit myriadgardens.org for related events.
Water Plaza Room M $20; NM $27 Kamala Gamble and Barbara Mock, Chefs, Guilford Gardens and Kam’s Kookery Register by February 13
Enjoy a delicious lunch that will taste so good you’ll have trouble believing it’s healthy. The program includes an overview of: eating well and in season using fresh fruits and vegetables; adding flavor with fresh and dried herbs: and best methods for healthy cooking.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 11AM–12:30PM
Oklahoma Gardening School
GARDEN DESIGNS TO NURTURE NATURE & OURSELVES PRESENTING SPONSORS
DESIGNING A BUTTERFLY GARDEN
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 27, MARCH 27, APRIL 24, 6 – 7PM
INTRODUCTION TO GROWING PLANTS FOR NEW GARDENERS
Crystal Bridge 2nd Floor Conference Room M $5; NM $7 Ann Fleener, Director of Education, Myriad Gardens Register by Friday prior This three part series serves as an introduction to the basics of growing ornamental garden plants including trees, shrubs and perennial flowers and grasses. Each class includes handouts on plant lists and maintenance guidelines. Part one will cover trees. Part two covers shrubs and part three will discuss perennial flowers and grasses.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 28, MARCH 28 AND APRIL 25, 9 – 10:30AM
SENIOR WELLNESS WEDNESDAYS
Park House Event Center and Crystal Bridge Part one of a three-month series to foster senior wellness. M: $12 NM: $15
Meinders Foundation As the state’s premiere horticultural symposium, Oklahoma Gardening School is designed for home gardeners and professional horticulturists, garden designers and landscape architects. With a theme of Garden Designs to Nurture Nature and Ourselves, speakers will inspire us as they demonstrate how to design a landscape that nurtures our souls through beauty and relaxation. Attendees will learn how to create caring and thoughtfully planned spaces that serve wildlife habitats while strengthening the ecological health of our communities.
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Topics and speakers include: “Designs to Nurture our Land and Ourselves” Kathleen Wolf, writer and professor, University of Washington, collaborator on Open Spaces, Sacred Spaces “The Humane Gardener: Nurturing a Backyard Habitat for Wildlife” Nancy Lawson, writer and naturalist, author of The Humane Gardener
“Tough Oklahoma Plants That Will Nurture You” Adam Sarmiento, plantsman and designer, Founder of Eco Landscaping “Organic Gardening: For the Sake of Nature and Yourself” Ella Woods, gardener and co-founder of CommonWealth Urban Farms
For a complete schedule, speaker bios and registration information go to myriadgardens.org
Displays & Interactive Exhibits MARCH 1 THROUGH APRIL 1 Crystal Bridge South Lobby and Garden Room FREE
Wednesday February 28 Join us for a 30-minute heart healthy exercise class, followed by a heart healthy cooking /wine demo and tasting with Kam’s Kookery. End your visit with a walk through the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory. Wednesday, March 28, 9 – 10:30am Join us for a 30-minute Tai Chai exercise class, followed by some brain trivia and BINGO in the Park House Event Center. End your visit with a walk through the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory.
Kids & Families FRIDAY, MARCH 2, 10AM – NOON
Terrace Room M $8; NM $12 Marilyn Stewart, Wild Things Nursery Register by February 20
Butterfly gardens are beautiful and buzzing with life. They are crucial to help butterflies and other pollinators and insects find sustenance to survive and thrive. Join butterfly guru Marilyn Stewart to learn how to design and select plants for creating your own butterfly garden this spring.
Learning how to grow your plants from seeds is a fun, fascinating and fulfilling experience for all ages. When you know how to start seeds, a much wider world of exciting plant options opens up to you. From the newest hybrids to rarer heirloom varieties, seed starting will introduce you to new plants while saving you a lot of money on plant purchases. Seed starting is easy if you understand some basic tips and techniques. Our exhibit will showcase various ways to start seeds at home that can be transplanted into your outdoor flower or vegetable garden or directly sown in your garden. You’ll see and learn about: containers, soil mixes, lighting options, watering, fertilizing, thinning, and transplanting techniques and more.
For a list of OKSeed Starting events visit myriadgardens.org
The displays will also help you learn how to avoid common germination and growing problems like inadequate lighting and disease prevention tips. Visitors can also purchase from a variety of interesting flower, vegetable and herb plants from well -known and ‘boutique’ seed purveyors.
DR. SEUSS DAY IN THE GARDENS: SPECIAL GUEST, THE CAT IN THE HAT Crystal Bridge South Lobby M $2; NM $4 Best for ages 2-7 Walkups welcome
Come celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday and his wonderful books. We’ll have everyone’s favorite character, Cat in the Hat, here to read stories and tell fun Dr. Seuss facts. Between story times, kids can make Dr. Seuss inspired crafts and take photos with our quirky cat visitor.
SUNDAY, MARCH 4, 11AM – 1PM
Park House Event Center $12 per child ages 12 and under, Infants who don’t eat solid foods FREE Adult M: $25; Adult NM: $30 We are partnering up with our friends from syrup. The breakfast brunch boutique to offer you a brunch that’s fun for the entire family. The menu includes a buffet featuring: Cinnamon Roll Pancakes or Crunchy French Toast, Scrambled Eggs, Coffee, Juice and drum roll….Pecan Wood Smoked Bacon! A cash mimosa bar for guests 21 will be offered.
MARCH 19 – 22, 10AM – 1PM
SPROUTING CHEFS: SPRING BREAK COOKING CAMP Park House Events Center Package rate (includes all 4 days): M $100; NM $140 Or Per Day rate: M $30 per day; NM $40 per day Best for ages 8-12 Register by March 14
In this fun, hands-on cooking camp, young chefs will learn and practice essential kitchen skills while creating delicious dishes using fresh ingredients. We’ll start off each day by learning the basics of the day’s theme then jump right in and get cookin’ to end with a tasty lunch freshly made by the class.
THURSDAY, MARCH 29, 6 – 8PM SATURDAY, MARCH 17, 12 – 4PM
GO GREEN, ST. PATRICK’S DAY
Great Lawn and Band shell, Sheridan Lawn Music is FREE $5 wristband, best for ages 4-10 The fun begins with a performance by the Oklahoma Scottish Pipes and Drums. Guests can enjoy food trucks, vendors, an Irish step performance, and fun fiddling tunes. Each paid participant’s wristband includes access to make a craft, plant a seed, and interactive play items.
SATURDAY, MARCH 24, 11AM – NOON
SPRING HAS SPRUNG IN THE CHILDREN’S GARDEN
SATURDAY, MARCH 31, 1 -2:30PM
FAMILY WORKSHOP: NATURAL EASTER EGG DYEING Terrace Room M $12; NM $15 Best for ages 6-10 Register by March 27
Create Easter egg masterpieces using natural materials from the garden. We’ll discuss the tradition of dyeing Easter eggs and go over the materials we’ll use and where they came from. Then we’ll decorate eggs using natural plant dyes and materials to create fun patterns and colors. 4 eggs per child.
Adults SATURDAY, MARCH 3, 10AM – NOON
Children’s Garden Porch Abigail Curry, Children’s Garden Manager M $5; NM $7 Best for ages 5-9 Register by March 20
DESIGNING YOUR KITCHEN GARDEN
Join us in the Children’s Garden to celebrate the arrival of spring! We’ll start by decorating a pot and then planting our choice of flowers or vegetable seeds to take home to grow. Kiddos will be able to take painted pine cones and hang them all over the Children’s Garden to welcome in the season.
A kitchen garden design may be comprised of many elements in addition to its plants. These may include: pathways, raised beds, trellises, compost area and more. Styles can range from elegant to utilitarian depending upon taste and budget. Our instructor will present how to approach kitchen garden design based on your preferences and space. You’ll have time to work on a kitchen garden layout for your own yard with help from the instructor so you can leave with a plan to get you started.
THURSDAY, MARCH 29, 10 – 11AM OR 11AM – NOON
OK ARBOR WEEK CELEBRATION
Terrace Room and Garden Grounds Joseph McFeeters, Oklahoma Forestry Services M $6; NM $8 Best for ages 5-12 Register by March 22 Come celebrate Oklahoma Arbor Day with a fun, educational morning all about our friendly and vital neighbors: the trees. We’ll learn what trees do for us by playing some educational games and end with a treeinspired craft to take home. Geared towards home school families but all are welcome. Two time slots – choose what works best for your family.
Terrace Room M $13; NM $20 Lori Coats, Garden Designer, My Raggedy Herbs Register by February 27
SATURDAY, MARCH 24, 1 – 3PM
MYRIAD KITCHEN: TAKE YOUR SALADS TO A WHOLE NEW LEVEL Terrace Room M $15; NM $20 Donna Jung, RD/LD, FCS/4-H Extension Educator in Canadian County Register by March 20
Hear healthy tips that will make any salad more delicious and then enjoy a demonstration and sample sizes of two salads: Broccoli Tortellini Salad and Eight Layer Salad. We’ll end by creating a delicious Kale Salad we’ll each take home for dinner.
SENSORY SENSITIVE EASTER EVENING Crystal Bridge South Lobby M: $10, best for ages 0-12 NM: $12, best for ages 0-12 Adults FREE
Join us inside the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory for an Easter Evening tailored for families with special needs children. This is not an Easter Egg Hunt, but a fun-filled evening for families and typically developing siblings. We will have festive booths and activities for children to visit and collect eggs and each child is guaranteed 20 eggs. Don’t forget your Easter basket! The Easter Bunny will have a designated spot for photos.
SATURDAY, MARCH 31, 12:30–5:30PM
DOGGY EASTER EGG HUNT
Great Lawn, Bandshell and Sheridan Lawn M: $5 per dog; NM: $10 per dog Sponsored by The fourth annual Dog Easter Egg Hunt at the Gardens is on! New this year are separate hunts for big and small dogs. Bring your leashed dog to the Great Lawn for a tail-wagging good time. When your dog touches one of the plastic eggs with their nose, into your basket it goes. Pup prizes for the lucky pooches who sniff out eggs with stickers. Dogs must be leashed and have proof of current vaccinations
SATURDAY, MARCH 31, 2:30PM
EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA Great Lawn Best for ages 0-8 Wristband: M $8; NM: $10 Adults FREE
After the hunt is done, Easter Eggstravangza family activities begin at 3 p.m. and is open for all children (ages up to 8) with wristbands.
Easter Eggstravanganza is not a hunt but a fun-filled afternoon for the entire family with face painting, Easter games such as Egg Roll and Bunny Hop and an Easter Hat Parade, music, food trucks and tulips for sale. Participants can visit various festive booths that include an Easter activity as they collect a guaranteed 20 eggs per child and receive a printed photo with the Easter Bunny to take home. Tinker Federal Credit Union’s Save-A-Tron will be onsite and a few lucky children will win $200 SaveAbles Kids Club accounts. A performance by the Sugar Free Allstars at 4:30 p.m. caps off the afternoon.
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Published on Jan 1, 2018