Urban Hike from Myriad Botanical Gardens to begin in March

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 YMCA 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.

 

The first urban hike is scheduled for Saturday, March 28 beginning at 11 a.m. with Jessica Brodmerkel, YMCA Downtown District health and wellness director. The route will traverse from the Gardens up Hudson Avenue to the Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum and Survivor Tree. After park rangers give a history lesson of the tree, the group will hike down 5th Street to the Edward L. Gaylord Downtown YMCA for a water stop. While there, participants will learn about the Y partnership with LiveStrong which assists those who are living with, through or beyond cancer.

 

Dates for the Urban Hike are March 28, May 30, July 25, and September 26. Each hike is free and begins at 11 a.m. and ends by noon.

 

Guided Walking Tours of the Gardens are held the last Saturday of the month from 10 to 11 a.m. Each month features different plants from the outdoor collection that thrive in our region, from year-round color to drought-tolerant choices. Participants meet in the South Lobby Visitor Center.

 

Free and open to the public, Myriad Botanical Gardens provides 15 acres of ornamental gardens and grounds that include a children’s garden and carousel, native prairie garden, shade gardens, tree and shrub collections, lake with terraced gardens and a diverse collection of ornamental flowering perennials and grasses. 

 

The Gardens offer a variety of horticultural educational programs for all ages ranging from lectures, classes, workshops and walking tours to seasonal festivals. The grounds also feature The Crystal Bridge Conservatory, home to thousands of tropical and desert plants. With more than 500,000 visitors annually, the Gardens is managed by Myriad Gardens Foundation, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that partners with corporate and community groups to enhance the educational, aesthetic, cultural and economic development of Oklahoma City.

 

 

March events

 

Children

Little Saplings, Spring Session

Every other Tuesday from March to June, 10-11 am

March 3, March 17, March 31, April 14, April 28, May 12, May 26 and June 9

Children’s Garden Porch

Individual tickets: Member $3; Nonmember $4

Best for ages 2 to 5

 

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.

 

Dr. Seuss Day in the Gardens

Saturday, March 7, 10 am-Noon

Crystal Bridge South Lobby and Garden Classroom

Member $5; Nonmember $6

Best for ages 2 to 7

Register online at myriadgardens.org

 

Celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday, his wonderful books and the earth! Everyone’s favorite character, Cat in the Hat, will be on hand as we read stories and tell fun Dr. Seuss facts. Kids can visit our Lorax-inspired educational booth to learn about conservation. We’ll also have related crafts, games and a fun photo op area.

 

Family Workshop: Spring Terrariums

Friday, March 13, 6-7:30 pm

Member $13; Nonmember $15

Best for ages 6 to 10

Register by Tuesday, March 10

Register online at myriadgardens.org

 

Create a terrarium to brighten up your home and usher winter out! We’ll create an 8-inch glass globe planter using easy-to-care-for succulents and some added spring-inspired mini items.

 

Futsal Factory Workshop @ Together Square

March 16, 18 & 20, 5-7 pm

Cost per class: Member $15; Nonmember $20

Register online at myriadgardens.org

 

Sharpen your futsal skills in a three-part workshop series led by Oklahoma City’s very own Futbol Factory. Improve your futsal IQ with valuable skills such as dribbling, passing and shooting. Work as a team to effectively master offensive attacking and how to defend. Interested in attending all three workshops? Take $5 off.

 

Reading Wednesdays

Every Wednesday, at 10 am

The Visitor Center

FREE

Best for ages 2 to 5

 

Bring your toddler 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.

 

 

Family Events

Go Green in the Gardens: St. Patrick’s Day

Saturday, March 14, 12-4 pm

Devon Lawn and Band Shell

$5 wristband, best for ages 4 and up

 

The fun begins with a performance by Oklahoma Scottish Pipes and Drums. Guests can enjoy beer, food trucks and a variety of vendors. Each child’s craft wristband includes access to crafts, games, and activities best suited for ages 4 to 10.

 

Spring Break Pop-Ins

March 16, 17 and 18, 10 am-Noon

Children’s Garden Porch

$3 per child

 

Join us in the Children’s Garden as we celebrate the coming of spring with a different hands-on activity each day. We’ll plant flower seeds on Monday, do fruit and veggie stamping on Tuesday and create a weather wind stick on Wednesday.

 

National Puppy Day

Sponsored by Midtown Vets

March 21, 11 am-2 pm

Gardens’ Dog Park

FREE

 

Celebrate National Puppy Day with local dog rescues, pet vendors, music from Mutt Radio, drinks and more at the dog park in Gardens. Bring your pups of all ages and sizes to run and play. Bring dog toys, food, and/or beds to donate to Midtown Vet’s “I Am Not Alone” project which seeks to help the pets of Oklahoma City’s homeless community.

 

Adults

Go Green Run @ Together Square

Saturday, March 14, 8-10 am

$10 registration

Register online at myriadgardens.org

 

Beginning at Together Square, enjoy a leisurely 5k run through downtown Oklahoma City, led by OKRunner. Your registration includes a free koozie and green beer from Coop Ale Works.

 

Oklahoma Gardening School

Gardening for a Changing Climate: Transforming Your Yard into a Beautiful, Resilient and Eco-Friendly Garden

Presented by The Meinders Foundation

Saturday, March 21, 8 am – 3 pm

Kerr-McGee Auditorium in the Meinders School of Business at Oklahoma City University

$40 members; $70 nonmembers: $25 students with ID, optional box lunch $15

Register online at myriadgardens.org

 

Myriad Botanical Gardens’ annual Oklahoma Gardening School is the state’s premier annual horticultural symposium designed for home gardeners and professional horticulturists, garden designers and landscape architects. Each year the Oklahoma Gardening School showcases local and national experts in gardening, plant selection, and garden design. Their illustrated talks and Q&A discussions help participants learn how to create and maintain more sustainable gardens in Oklahoma.

 

Sponsored by: SqueezeEveryDrop.com,  TLC Garden Centers, Total Environment, Grooms Irrigation and Landscape, Red Earth Landscaping, American Plant Products and Services, Inc., Kitty and Richard Champlin, Calvert’s Plant Interiors, Plant Wisdom Garden Center, TruGreen, and Colcord Hotel.

 

Gardening in Dry-Shade Conditions

Special thanks to SqueezeEveryDrop.com

Saturday, March 28, 10 am-Noon

Dave Edwards, Professor of Practice, Landscape Architecture, Gibbs College of Architecture OU

Water Conservation Coordinators from The City of OKC

Member $9; Nonmember $14

Register online at myriadgardens.org

 

This multi-speaker workshop is focused on selecting and cultivating drought-resistant dry-shade plants for hearty low-ground cover. Conservative watering techniques, such as irrigation, mulch and rain barrels will be discussed. Coffee and light breakfast options provided.

 

Ballet at the Bridge

Sunday, March 29, 9-10 am

$10 per person: Pre-registration only

Instructors from Sweet Yield Studio

Recommended for ages 16&Up

Register online at myriadgardens.org

 

Join us for Ballet on the Bridge in partnership with Myriad Gardens. We’ll enjoy a morning of community and ballet movement as we overlook the beautiful conservatory below. All levels welcome. Ballet or tennis shoes needed. Bring water. Wear socks with grip, ballet shoes, or tennis shoes.

Wear comfortable, breathable clothing

 

Botanical Balance FREE YOGA

Presented b Fowler Auto

Sponsored by OU Medicine and Tinker Federal Credit Union

Tuesdays 6 pm and Saturdays, 8 am

Bring a mat, water

Instructors from YMCA

Recommended for ages 16&Up

 

Practicing yoga in the Gardens has the added benefit of connecting you with nature. The Gardens offer a space of beauty and tranquility to help relieve stress and quiet your mind. Classes are open to all levels, whether you are a beginner or an experienced yogi.

 

Also

Junction Coffee Wednesdays

Wednesdays, 7 am-3 pm

Junction Coffee will park its double-decker bus curbside at the Devon Lawn