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. Everybody’s favorite, Dancing in the Gardens, will take place on the Devon Lawn. Attendees are required to wear masks. 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.
To learn more information or to register, visit myriadgardens.org
Sonic Summer Movie Nights
Wednesday, July 1, July 8, July 15, July 22, July 29, August 5; 8-11pm
Scissortail Park Love’s Travel Stage and Great Lawn (this summer only)
Free Sonic Summer Movie Night series is at Scissortail Park, hosted by Myriad Botanical Gardens! Bring your lawn chair or blanket and enjoy offerings from a variety of local food trucks beginning at 8 p.m. and the movie begins at sundown. Check out the lineup!
August 5 – Viewer’s Choice*
*Stay tuned for our social media viewer’s choice selection announcement.*
July 6–August 12, Monday–Wednesday, 10am-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.
Full Moon Bike Ride & Run
Presented by OU Medicine
Monday, July 6 and Tuesday, August 4, 7-10pm; Thursday, September 3, Friday, October 30; and Monday, November 30, 6-9pm.
Suggested donation $5 per person
Meet at the Devon Band Shell, north plaza
The Full Moon Bike Ride and Run is a casual monthly event where friends and families can enjoy a bike ride or 5K run through Downtown OKC as the sunsets. Our friends at OKRunner lead the run portion leaving at 7 pm. Our pal, Steve Schlegel leads the bike ride, which departs at 7:30 pm. Don’t have a bike? Rent one through Spokies or reserve a bike through Ride OKC.
Botanical Balance Free Yoga
Presented by Fowler Automotive. Sponsored by OU Medicine and TFCU.
Tuesdays 6pm and Saturdays 9am (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.
Dancing in the Gardens: Hip Hop
Presented by Tinker Federal Credit Union
Friday, July 10, 7-10pm
The Devon Lawn
Break out those scrunchies, slap bracelets and matching tracksuits for this Hip Hop-themed dance party. Join us at 7 p.m. to get the party moving with a Hip Hop performance by RACE Dance Collective followed by a dance lesson. At 8 p.m. DJ LiTE BRiTE will crank up the jams to get jiggy with it on the dance floor. Double Shot Bar Service along with our food trucks will be serving up some great treats. No diggity, no doubt; you don’t want to miss this.
In order to maintain proper social distancing for Dancing, we will be requiring pre-registration this year. REGISTER HERE
Soil: The Key to a Healthy Garden
Saturday, July 11, 10am
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
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.
Presented by Fowler Automotive and Tinker Federal Credit Union
Thursdays, July 16, August 20, September 17, October 15, 5:45-6:45 pm
Instructors provided by YMCA
The Devon Lawn
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, 6-7pm
The Garden Classroom
Member $7; Nonmember $9
Best for ages 6 to 10
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
Fridays, July 24 and 31
Thursdays, August 6 and 13, 9-10pm
Bring mat or lawn chair
We will host 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 sooth 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. In partnership with KUCO FM.
Guided Walking Tour
Saturday, July 25, 10am
Last Saturday of every month, 10am
Meet in the south lobby, walk the Garden Grounds
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 south lobby.
Saturdays, July 25 and September 26, 10am-noon
Depart at the Visitor Lobby of the Crystal Bridge
Take a hike, literally, with an Urban Hike beginning 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, 6:30pm
Member $10; Nonmember $15
Instructor: James Underwood, Horticulturist, Myriad Botanical Gardens
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.
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.