This Week in the Gardens
WEDNESDAYS
SONIC Summer Movies: Paddington 2
Wednesdays, 9pm through August 1
The Devon Lawn

Presented by SONIC, America’s Drive-In! Join us each Wednesday on The Devon Lawn for movies, activities, food and lots of fun. Thanks to SONIC, these movie screenings are completely FREE. Come early to get a great seat. Blankets on one side, chairs on the other.

Paddington 2: Settled in with the Brown family, Paddington the bear is a popular member of the community who spreads joy and marmalade wherever he goes. One fine day, he spots a pop-up book in an antique shop — the perfect present for his beloved aunt’s 100th birthday. When a thief steals the prized book, Paddington embarks on an epic quest to unmask the culprit before Aunt Lucy’s big celebration. (2018)

Build-A-Bear opens at 6pm, $6 a bear.

Food tonight: Pitchfork in the Park, That Pie Place, Oklahoma Kettle Corn, The Saucee Sicilian, J-Stew’s Ice Cube and Junction Coffee OKC.

Upcoming movies:
  • July 18, Space Jam
  • July 25, Muppet Movie
  • August 1, Oklahoma! Sing-a-Long (1955), presented by SONIC, sponsored by the Oklahoma History Center
FRIDAY
BUG OUT! 
Friday, July 13, 10am–1pm
Children’s Garden (*note new location)
Member $3; Nonmember $4 per container of ladybugs; limit 1 container per person
All Ages Welcome

New exciting changes for this annual event! 
Help us release thousands of polka-dotted hungry helpers in our Children’s Garden so they can chow down on pests that are bugging our plants! With your bug cup purchase, you will also receive a Bug Out Passport. Make sure to visit all the stations with red ladybug balloons to get a passport stamp and pick up a prize at the end. Stations include paper bug crafts, Acari Safari and OSU Insect Adventure bug experts, beneficial bug release and facts, Goldfish Swim School sponsor booth and ladybug release area. Ladybugs will be available for purchase and release on a first-come, first-served basis.  

Also, for purchase, we will have Moonflower Face and Body Art face painting, Kona Ice snow cones and J Stew’s Ice Cube for lunch, snacks and drinks.  

Sponsored by:
MONDAY-FRIDAY
Weekly Walkups
Through August 10, Monday–Friday, 10am-noon
Children’s Garden Porch
Drop-in activities; $2 suggested donation per child

Explore the Children’s Garden and the wonderful world of plants with fun activities. Groups of 10 or more please contact Lily Christman, at (405) 445-5162, for more information about group activities.

Daily themes include Make-it Mondays; Tasty Tuesdays; Reading Wednesdays; “Think Green” Thursdays and Find-it Fridays.
SATURDAY
Myriad Kitchen: Homegrown Summer Delights
Saturday, July 14, 2018, Noon-2pm
Park House Event Center
Member $20; Nonmember $27
Pam Patty, RD/LD, Community Wellness Dietician for Integris Health
Register by Thursday, July 12

Don’t let your diet decisions eat you alive. Instead, choose to make this summer a turning point in your wellness. Partake in this hands-on workshop to learn how a few small choices in food selection and preparation can make a big difference in your health. These homegrown dishes are certain to delight your palate and improve your wellbeing. Please bring a kitchen apron, as you will be preparing food.
Best for ages 6 to 10
Tropical Treats
Wednesday, July 18, 1- 2pm
2nd Floor Conference Room
Member $8; Nonmember $10
Register by THIS Friday, July 13

Learn about the plants we use to make tasty tropical popsicles and ice cream as we explore the Crystal Bridge Conservatory. We’ll go on a scavenger hunt for plants such as the chocolate tree, the coconut tree and the vanilla orchid, then make a colorful craft and end with a refreshing, tropical popsicle from Pitchfork in the Park.
SOLD OUT
Camp Out OKC Presented by Floyd’s RV
Sponsored by Fowler Automotive and Top Golf OKC
The Devon Lawn and Band Shell
Saturday, July 14-Sunday, July 15
Painting in the Gardens for Camp Out OKC
The Devon Lawn and Band Shell—outdoors!
Saturday, July 14, 5-7pm
Member: $20 register by calling (405) 227-0230
Nonmember: $25 REGISTER HERE

Join Wine and Palette on The Devon Lawn to create a unique piece of art on a 11” x 14” canvas. Guests can choose between two paintings—Camp Out or Stranger Things.
SUNDAYS
Art's Council of OKC's Sunday Twilight Concert Series
Presented by The Chickasaw Nation
Sundays through August 26, 7:30-9pm
The Devon Lawn and Band Shell
This week's band: Culture Cinematic (hip hop and neo soul)

The Arts Council of Oklahoma City's 2018 Sunday Twilight Concert Series, presented by The Chickasaw Nation continues through August 26. Bring a blanket, picnic, and the whole family! To get the entire schedule visit the Arts Council of Oklahoma City's website. Next week's band: Sunday, July 22 - Scott Keaton Band (blues).
Full Moon Bike Ride and Run
Sponsored by OK Runner, Schlegel Bicycles, Ride OKC and Athleta
Meet at the Band Shell by The Devon Lawn
Thursday, July 26, 8pm run, 8:30pm ride
$5 per person to participate, register and fill out your liability waiver in advance here

Runners and cyclists, take your mark! Our Full Moon Bike Ride and Run continues. Runners will be led by OK Runner through a scenic 5K through downtown at sunset. Cyclists will cruise a one-hour leisurely ride through a downtown route planned by Schlegel Bicycles. Need a bike? Rent one from Spokies Bike Share or Ride OKC! Lights and helmets are required. Use #FullMoonOKC in social media.
Cycling and Succulents: Cyclegiving Benefiting the Gardens
Saturday, July 28, 1:30pm
Cycle Bar on Classen Curve
Cost per person is $25, proceeds benefit the Myriad Gardens Foundation

Join us for a fun and charitable exercise class at Cyclebar in Classen Curve on Saturday, July 28 at 1:30pm for “Cyclegiving,” a unique fundraiser that will benefit the Myriad Gardens. The cost is $25 per rider and ALL proceeds will go directly to the Myriad Gardens. After the class we will provide succulent cupcakes to class participants.
Foodie Friday’s with Hall’s Pizza Kitchen
Seasonal Plaza
Friday, July 27, 8-10pm
*Must be 21 or older to attend:
Beer included with meal thanks to a generous donation from Coop Ale Works
Member: $25; Nonmember: $30

Join us for an evening of pizza, beer, trivia, lawn games and music under the stars. Each guest will receive two slices of pizza and a dessert from  Hall’s Pizza Kitchen, and a 12 oz. beer from  Coop Ale Works  and a commemorative beer glass to take home. Additional food and drinks can be purchase at the Hall’s Pizza Kitchen food truck, Pitchfork in the Park and the bar from Double Shot Bar Services. Space is limited so be sure to register by Thursday, July 26 at noon.
July Education
Best for ages 6 to 10
Family Workshop: Sun Prints
Saturday, July 21, 2-4pm
2nd Floor Conference Room
Member $10; Nonmember $11
Jeanne Parkhurst, local educator and teaching artist
Register by Tuesday, July 17

Take advantage of summer’s sunny days! Jeanne will teach participants about sun prints, also known as blue prints or cyanotypes. This simple process was one of the earliest forms of photography without using a camera. We will use the conservatory as inspiration to create our own images for sun soaked pictures. Cool drinks and shady areas will be provided while our prints do their thing outdoors!
Best for ages 6 to 10
Leafy Living: Garden Camp for Kids
Monday, July 23 & Tuesday, July 24, 8am-Noon
2nd Floor Conference Room and Garden Grounds
Member $60; Nonmember $70
Register by Wednesday, July 18

Kids will become expert garden adventurers in this camp focused on healthy living and nature. Each day will include a gardening lesson, basic cooking class, nature scavenger hunt and crafts. Kids will head home with the enthusiasm and skills to continue exploring nature, staying active, helping out in the garden and creating their own, healthy snacks.
Ladies’ Night Out: Floral Designs
Friday, July 20, 7-8:30pm
Park House Event Center
Member $45; Nonmember $55
Chelsea Hughes, Asst. Maintenance Supervisor, Calvert’s Interior Plants
Register by Monday, July 16

Gather your friends, sisters, and mother for a party with light refreshments and soothing tunes as you learn the basics and finer points of fashioning floral arrangements. No experience necessary! Please bring pruners and a bag to take your arrangements home.
Designing Your Fall Garden
Saturday, July 21, 2018, 10am-Noon
2nd Floor Conference Room
Member $14; Nonmember $19
Lori Coats, My Raggedy Herbs
Register by Thursday, July 19

Fall vegetable gardening can be one of the most pleasant times to grow your own food in Oklahoma, yet often overlooked. In this class, Backyard Kitchen Gardener and owner of My Raggedy Herbs, Lori Coats, will guide you in planning an autumn garden space, identify proper planting dates and select the best-suited varieties for Zone 7. Once you understand how wonderful gardening can be in cooler temperatures, you may expand your garden!
Smart Gardening: Growing Food Made Easy
Saturday, July 28, 10am-Noon
2nd Floor Conference Room and Garden Grounds
Member $10; Nonmember $12
Dale Spoonemore, From Seed to Spoon
Register by Thursday, July 26

Growing your own food is a smart choice. Just ask Dale Spoonemore, a self-taught horticulturist, who transformed his once empty backyard into an efficient organic food farm. By growing his food, Dale has saved money and improved his health. Listen as Dale explains how he embraced innovative gardening approaches to expand nutritional selections for his young family. Dale’s self-designed sustenance gardening smartphone app will be one of many tools he will exhibit, so you too, can easily grow your own food.
Yoga in the Gardens
Giveaway sponsor Athleta
Instructed by Lisa Woodard from This Land Yoga
Tuesdays, 5:45pm
Late arrivals not accepted after 5:50pm
Outdoors or Terrace Room
Members $5; Nonmembers $10
Meet in the South Lobby to check-in and receive your wrist band
Must be 16 and older

This is an all-levels class led by Lisa Woodard from This Land Yoga. Class participants should bring a yoga mat and water. Meet in the south lobby for check-in each week. Drop in for a session or two or enjoy the entire series.
Volunteer Opportunities
Join us for a new Partner Volunteer training on July 24 from 6-7pm. Partner Volunteers dedicate 36 hours a year to the Gardens and receive a wealth of benefits including a name tag, parking pass, discounts on classes and $20 off a membership. Contact ldennis@myriadgardens.org with questions or to register.

We need volunteers for our many upcoming summer events. The primary dates/times are:

Camp Out OKC
Saturday, July 14
4 Volunteers

Foodie Friday
Friday, July 27
12 volunteers needed

Internet Cat Video Festival
Caturday, August 10
3 Volunteers

South Lobby Construction
South Lobby of the Crystal Bridge Remodel Begins Next Week

The south lobby entrance for the Crystal Bridge Conservatory will be closed temporarily as we undergo renovation improvements beginning Wednesday, July 18.

All visitors can please use the north entry to visit the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory or to purchase memberships or register for programs during regular open hours which are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

We look forward to re-opening the South Lobby later this year with new and improved visitor and educational spaces.

Thank you for your patience.  
Things To Know
Book Your Company's Corporate Picnic in the Gardens
The Gardens’ largest outdoor and most versatile venue includes a grand, nearly one-acre lawn ringed by ornamental trees and a manicured landscape. A raised stage with an arching, sculpture-like band shell anchors the top of the The Devon Lawn area. The soft lush lawn is perfect for your corporate picnic.

Call (405) 445-7092 or email rentals@myriadgardens.org

Download the corporate events flier here.
Thanks to our partnership with the American Horticulture Society, members of the Myriad Botanical Gardens receive free or reduced admission to nearly 300 botanical gardens nationwide including the Dallas Arboretum (photo above). If you are planning a summer vacation, take advantage of this perk on your trip. A list of all of the qualifying gardens can be downloaded here

Become a Gardens’ member by visiting here or by calling our membership office at (405) 445-7087.
Pitchfork in the Park
Pitchfork in the Park is a Made in Oklahoma outdoors cafe in the heart of downtown Oklahoma City on the east side of the Gardens.

Hours extended for summer months:
  • Tuesday-Thursday, 11am-2pm
  • Friday, 11am-7pm
  • Saturday, 11am-8pm
  • Sunday, 12-7pm
  • Closed Monday
  • Closed July 4

Follow their social media in case of weather closures. Twitter ; Instagram and Facebook.

Get their menus:
Thank you!
The Myriad Gardens Foundation wishes to thank our sustaining partners, 
leaders in providing major ongoing annual support: 

BancFirst
The Chickasaw Nation
Continental Resources
Devon Energy Corporation
Gardner Tanenbaum Holdings
LaDonna and Herman Meinders
Jean and David McLaughlin
Robert H. Meinders 
Newmark Grubb Levy Strange Beffort
OGE Energy Corp.
The Oklahoman
Oklahoma City Economic Development Trust 
The City of Oklahoma City 
Avis Scaramucci