Sixth Annual Pumpkinville at the Myriad Botanical Gardens set for Oct. 6-22

Presented by OGE Energy Corporation with Express Employment Professionals

 

Oklahoma City, OK – One of the most treasured fall traditions in Oklahoma City – Pumpkinville – is set to debut Friday, October 6 in Myriad Botanical Gardens. The popular Children’s Garden will be transformed into “Prairie Pumpkin Town” featuring thousands of pumpkins, hundreds of gourds, a variety of fall foliage and tons of fun activities.

 

The sixth annual Pumpkinville, presented by OGE Energy Corporation with Express Employment Professionals, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and runs through Sunday, October 22. Admission is $6 per person. Entrance for members are free.

 

More than 16,000 pumpkins will fill the Children’s Garden along with imaginative displays, creative crafts and fun games to celebrate the fall season. Visitors can also enjoy riding the Pumpkinville Express Train, Paint-A-Pumpkin, an appearance by the award-winning Express Clydesdales, pop-up shops and other activities that will be onsite as part of our festivities.

 

Special activities include: Pumpkinville Sensory Night Friday, October 13, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. for families with children with special needs; Pumpkinville Halloween Party: Garden Monster Bash, Saturday, October 21, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; and the Spooky Pooch Parade, Sunday, October 22 from 2 to 3 p.m. All three events require advanced registration.

 

Additional activities, classes and programs are held throughout the entire two-week run of Pumpkinville. A complete list is below and online at www.myriadgardens.org/pumpkinville

 

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Myriad Gardens Foundation depends on the generosity of visitors and friends to maintain the Gardens and to fund the 400-plus events held at the Gardens each year for all of the community to enjoy. Pumpkinville is a prime fundraising event with all proceeds benefitting the operations of the Gardens. Pumpkinville visitors are encouraged to purchase a family membership for $65 which entitles up to eight people to enter Pumpkinville, plus year-round free admission to the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory and more.  

 

Sponsors for Pumpkinville 2017 include OGE Energy Corporation, Express Employment Professionals, Tapstone Energy, Delta Dental, E.L. and Thelma Gaylord Foundation, Goldfish Swim School, Midtown Renaissance, Mercedes Benz-Oklahoma City, MetroFamily Magazine and Allied Arts.

 

Ongoing Events

 

Cider Press at Pumpkinville

Friday-Sundays, 1-1:30pm

Tent near the Thunder Fountain

$1 per cup of cider

 

Pumpkinville Story Time

Daily, 11-11:30am

Inside Pumpkinville FREE with Pumpkinville Admission

 

Pumpkinville Pop-Up Crafts

Monday-Thursday, 10am-12:30pm

Pumpkinville Tent near Thunder Fountain

FREE with Pumpkinville Admission

 

Face Painting

Saturdays and Sundays, October 7&8, 14&15, 21 & 22, 10am-5pm

Prices vary based on design

 

Paint-A-Pumpkin

$5 each

Pavilion

 

Pumpkinville Express Train

Saturdays and Sundays ONLY, October 7&8, 14&15, 21 & 22, 1-5pm

$2 per rider, Infants FREE

 

Pumpkinville Pop-Up Shops:

 

Scissortail Gifts at Myriad Gardens

Saturdays and Sundays, 10am-5pm

Inside Pumpkinville on Pavilion Deck, Pumpkinville Admission Required

 

The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum Pop-Up Shop

Saturdays and Sundays, October 7&8, 14&15, 21 & 22, 10am-5pm

Inside Pumpkinville, Pumpkinville Admission Required

 

Classes during Pumpkinville

 

Painting in the Gardens: Wine and Palette "Lonely Pumpkin"

Saturday, October 7, 11am-1pm

Pumpkinville Tent near Thunder Fountain

All ages welcome

Members: $30 register by calling 405-227-0230

Nonmembers: $35 register online at wineandpalette.com

 

Wine and Palette is joining us in Pumpkinville again this year! Paint the “Lonely Pumpkin” on a 16x20 canvas.

 

Golden Hour Photography Sessions in Pumpkiville

Sundays, October 8 and 22, 5:30-6:30pm

$50 for an hour session

Reservations required, email rwade@myriadgardens.org

 

Calling all photographers! We know that you love taking portraits inside Pumpkinville. Come shoot mini sessions and bring your clients to the Children’s Garden after hours to get your favorite shots with the best lighting. The $50 fee will allow you to bring clients in and out of the Children’s Garden throughout the golden hour. Contact Rebekah Wade with questions at rwade@myriadgardens.org or 405-445-7082. There are a limited number of spaces available on these Sunday evenings so please register by Friday, October 6.

 

Pumpkin Loaf Take-And-Bake Class

Wednesday, October 11, 1-2pm

Pumpkinville Tent near Thunder Fountain

Best for ages 13 and older, Children between the ages of 5-12 will need an adult helper

Members: $25; Nonmembers: $30

Register online at myriadgardens.org

 

Join Andra Cogner from Pitchfork in the Park for a Pumpkin Loaf Take-And-Bake Class. Andra will guide participants on measuring all the proper ingredients into a take home container that can be baked in your home kitchen!  The containers will list the full recipe for future baking. Each guest will get a taste test loaf that can be topped with cream cheese icing. This course is best for ages 5 and up. Children between the ages of 5-12 should have an adult helper, ages 13 and up can participate on their own! There are a limited number of spaces available so please register by Tuesday, October 10.

 

Pumpkinville Sensory Night

Friday, October 13, 6:30-8:30pm

Children’s Garden

Member: $10 per participant, adults FREE

Nonmembers: $12 per participant, adults FREE

Limited space, register by Thursday, October 12

Register online at myriadgardens.org

 

An event for families with children with special needs, join us inside Pumpkinville for an evening of fall festivities! This event provides a more controlled and welcoming environment to experience our fall festival. No loud music and smaller crowds. Siblings are welcome! We will have festive booths, crafts and activities for everyone to enjoy. Healthy snacks donated by Whole Foods Market for registered participants. Registered guests that need handicap accessible parking should contact Nicole Kusnierz for details at nkusinerz@myriadgardens.org

 

All sensory participants must be accompanied by an adult to any Myriad Gardens Program. Adults attending as chaperones do not need to pay for the program. For every 5 participants you bring, please plan to bring one adult chaperone.

If you have any questions about this policy please call us at (405) 563-8980.

 

Rumble Pumpkin Carving with David Holland

Saturday, October 14, 10:30am-12pm

Pumpkinville Tent near Thunder Fountain

Best for ages 12 and up

Members: $30; Nonmember: $35

Register online at myriadgardens.org

 

Join David Holland as he guides participants through carving your own Rumble Pumpkin. Thunder season is upon us, so this pumpkin will be a great addition to your front porch. Open to beginners, intermediate and advanced pumpkin carvers. Instructor, David Holland, will adapt patterns based on the participants pumpkin carving skills. There a limited number of spaces available so please register by Friday, October 13.

 

Express Clydesdales

Saturday, October 14, 10am-2pm

 

Prairie Bloom Body Care DIY Body Oil and Body Scrub

Saturday, October 14, 1:30-3pm

Pumpkinville Tent near Thunder Fountain

Best for adults

Member: $30; Nonmember: $35

Register online at myriadgardens.org

 

Are you a fan of bubble baths and sweet smelling oils? We might have just the class for you. Jade Arellano with Prairie Bloom Body Care will guide participants in making their own infused body oil and body scrub to take home. Guests of this class will get to choose from a variety of herbs to use in their infusions and scrubs. Jade will also give a short presentation on why organic body products are important in today’s day and age!

Limited seating available for this course, please register by Friday, October 13.

 

Lifestyle Photography Class with Jessie Huff Photography

Sunday, October 15, 5:30-7:30pm

Pumpkinville Tent near Thunder Fountain

Best for adults

Members: $40; Nonmembers: $45

Register online at myriadgardens.org

 

Jessie Huff is a lifestyle wedding and portrait photographer with six years of experience. This course will teach participants how to take better photos technically and creatively using a DSLR camera. Dust that baby off and learn how to use your camera in manual mode while learning all about exposure-aperture, ISO, shutter speed, lenses, composition, directing your subjects and how to find great lighting. During this two hour course, Jessie will teach you to direct your subjects in a way to get genuine emotions and how to get the most out of your camera/ lens. She’ll even guide you through ways to take better photos with your cell phone! Participants will leave with lots of great information, a review of what was taught in the course and a new inspiration to document your life, whether that is your children or your pet! There are a limited number of spaces available so please register by Friday, October 13.

 

Autumn Wreath Making Class

Sunday, October 15, 1:30-3pm

Pumpkinville Tent near Thunder Fountain

Best for adults

Member: $30; Nonmember: $35

Register online at myriadgardens.org

 

Are you in search of a great autumn wreath for your front door, but can’t find anything you truly love? We have the solution to your problem—come create your own with Kenton Peters. This is a class for beginners. Our instructor is skilled with making beautiful wreaths out of willow and natural elements. Each participant will create a wreath to their own liking to take home with them. There are a limited number of spaces available so please register by Friday, October 13.

 

Bird House Wood Working Class with Moore/Norman Technology

Tuesday, October 17, 1-3pm

Pumpkinville Tent near Thunder Fountain

Best for ages 9 and up

Member: $12; Nonmember: $15

Register online at myriadgardens.org

 

Join students from Moore/Norman Technology as they guide children through the processes of building a bird house that can be placed on your window at home! Children will get to watch the birds nesting and visit their bird house from inside their home. This is best for ages 9 and up only. There are a limited number of spaces available so please register by Monday, October 16.

 

Pumpkin Loaf Take-And-Bake Class

Thursday, October 19, 1-2pm

Pumpkinville Tent near Thunder Fountain

Best for ages 13 and older, Children between the ages of 5-12 will need an adult helper

Member: $25; Nonmember: $30

Register online at myriadgardens.org

 

Join Andra Cogner from Pitchfork in the Park for a Pumpkin Loaf Take-And-Bake Class. Andra will guide participants on measuring all the proper ingredients into a take home container that can be baked in your home kitchen!  The containers will list the full recipe for future baking. Each guest will get a taste test loaf that can be topped with cream cheese icing. This course is best for ages 5 and up. Children between the ages of 5-12 should have an adult helper, ages 13 and up can participate on their own! There are a limited number of spaces available so please register by Wednesday, October 18.

 

Finger Knitting

Friday, October 20, 11am-12pm

Pumpkinville Tent near Thunder Fountain

All Ages, great for grandparents and grandchildren

Member: $12; Nonmember: $15

Register online at myriadgardens.org

 

Fall is upon us, it’s time to sit by the fire and stay warm during those crisp Autumn days. Need a new indoor activity?  How about Finger Knitting? Anna Cook will demonstrate the proper way to finger knit and teach participants the ins and outs of this fun activity. Once you’ve got the hang of it, Anna will present several templates for guests to choose from. Make a snake, headband or bracelet to take home. There are a limited number of spaces available so please register by Thursday, October 19.

 

Pumpkinville Halloween Party: Garden Monster Bash

Sponsored by Goldfish Swim School

Saturday, October 21, 6:30-8:30pm

Children’s Garden

Member: $10 per person; Nonmember: $13 per person

Register online at myriadgardens.org

Advanced registration is required for this event.

Members ONLY registration opens Friday, September 15 online or by calling 405-445-7089.

Non-Member registration opens October 2

 

The monsters at this Halloween party are definitely more friendly than frightening. Join us for ghoulish garden games, eerie entertainment and devilishly good treats! There will be prizes for those who wear their creepy, crawly and cute costumes.

 

Painting in the Gardens Wine and Palette: "The Spooks"

Pumpkinville Tent near Thunder Fountain

Saturday, October 22, 11am-1pm

All ages welcome

Member: $30 register by calling 405-227-0230

Nonmember: $35 register online at wineandpalette.com

 

Wine and Palette is joining us in Pumpkinville again this year! Paint the “The Spooks” on a 16x20 canvas.

 

Pooch Parade Sponsored by Midtown Vets

Sunday, October 22, 2-3pm

Great Lawn and Bandshell

$10 per member dog

$12 per non-member dog

Register online at myriadgardens.org

 

Help us wind down the fall season by joining us for our Spooky Pooch Parade on the Great Lawn. Enjoy spooky music, OKC Disc Dogs performance, booths, puppicinos donated by Starbucks and our parade of pooches. Special guest judges will present prizes to the best and most creatively dressed pooches! You don’t have to register a dog to take part in the fun or event have a dog. Bring the family and be an observer and visit Pumpkinville. Pitchfork in the Park is offering a $1 discount if you bring your dog in costume over to Pitchfork during the event!

 

 

The Myriad Botanical Gardens is one of Oklahoma City’s most beloved public spaces, offering its visitors a 15 acre natural escape in the very heart of downtown. A half-acre children’s garden, an off-leash dog park, restaurant space, splash fountains, and paths for walking and jogging provide guests young and old with a place to seek solitude with nature, or seek community and the company of others. Additionally, the Myriad Gardens offers a variety of horticultural education programs for adults and children.

 

The Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory’s unique design has earned attention and praise in the architectural community. It is 224 feet long, 70 feet in diameter, and is covered by 3,028 sections of translucent, double-layered acrylic panels. The Conservatory includes 13,000 square feet of plant display area in two distinct climates: the Tropical Wet Zone, which is at the south end and is watered daily; and the Tropical Dry Zone at the north end which receives water from April through September, followed by drought from November through March. Some 2,000 varieties of plants and a 35-foot waterfall round out the spectacular features of the Conservatory.