Good afternoon from your Myriad Gardens' team! We have a variety of events and programs during the next two weeks. Here's a list, more details are included below.

  1. Saturday, February 10 Hot Chocolate Valentine class for kids
  2. Saturday, February 10 Plant Propagation Made Simple (just 2 spaces left)
  3. Tuesday, February 13 Little Saplings for kids ages 2-5
  4. Wednesday, February 14 "Painting in the Gardens "Valentine's"
  5. Thursday, February 15 Orchid & Poetry Show preview
  6. Thursday, February 15 Artist's reception: ‘Jardim do Amor/Garden of Love’ Works by Skip Hill
  7. Friday, February 16 Lunar New Year, Year of the Dog

We have announced the schedule for the annual Oklahoma Gardening School on Saturday, March 10 at Devon Auditorium. Get all the details here.

Thank you for taking the time to check out what's happening in the Gardens. Have a great week!
Hot Chocolate Valentine
Saturday, February 10, 2–3:30pm
Terrace Room
Member $12; Nonmember $15
Best for ages 6-10
Register by Thursday, February 8

Learn about the fascinating process that turns chocolate fruit into the tasty wintertime cocoa 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. 
Plant Propagation Made Simple
Saturday, February 10, 10–11:30am
Terrace Room
Member $14; Nonmember $18
Bill Farris, Owner, Prairie Wind Nursery
Register by Thursday, February 8

Plant propagation is the process of creating new plants from seeds, cuttings or other plant parts and it is the ultimate way to save money on plants as one plant can become 10 for free. Nurseryman Bill Farris will discuss and demonstrate the various methods for propagating plants, from division to cuttings. He’ll then guide each participant through making your own propagated cutting to take home and will go over care tips for your propagules.
Little Sapling Series
February 13 & 27
Every Other Tuesday through March
Children’s Garden
Members $3; Nonmembers $4
Best for ages 2-5
Register by Friday, February 9 for the February 13 class
Register by Friday, February 23 for the February 27 class

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.
Painting in the Gardens with Wine & Palette: “Valentines”
Wednesday, February 14, 6:30-9:30pm
Terrace Room
Members $30, register by calling (405) 227-0230
Nonmembers $35, register online at wineandpalette.com

Couples Paint Night at the Gardens! Want to do something unique with your Valentine this year? Pick your choice of teal love or monochrome rose to create a unique piece of art on a 16"×20" canvas. The Gardens will also furnish wine and chocolates as an evening snack for participants.
The Orchid & Poetry Show Preview & Reception
Thursday, February 15, 2-7pm (same night as the Skip Hill artist's reception)
Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory & South Lobby
FREE for members, $8 for nonmembers
Orchid show runs through March 24

Join us for a first look at this year’s Orchid Show as we celebrates the long history of poetry inspired by plants and flowers. Our horticulture team will be bringing poetry to life in the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory using tropical flowers, orchids and other props in displays inspired by famous poems. Local poets will also be sharing original works during our poetry reading. Feel free to bring a copy of your favorite poem as attendees will be able to participate in our poetry reading as well. Appetizers will be provided along with a cash bar.
Jardim do Amor/Garden of Love: Works by Skip Hill
Artist's reception Thursday, February 15, 5-7pm (same night and time as the Orchid & Poetry Show opening)
FREE for members; Nonmembers pay Crystal Bridge admission $8
South Lobby of the Crystal Bridge
Exhibit runs through end of March

Skip Hill creates color - rich and lyrical art exuding moods of epicurean delights in a mélange of sensual and sensory experience. Some of the most captivating parts of his mixed-media drawings are in their peripheral details – Tattoo expressive patterning, looping graphic lines, kinetic scribbling, Kanji calligraphy and African motifs. Like a shaman, Hill communicates freely between two worlds, between dream and reality, and manages to artfully coordinate his fantasy with his hand.

To learn more about Skip Hill, visit his website
Lunar New Year at the Gardens: Year of the Dog
Friday, February 16, 4-8pm
Water Stage, Crystal Bridge and Park House Event Center
$15 per Year of the Dog T-Shirt (design pictured above)
$2 per food ticket to be redeemed with our onsite vendors
Crystal Bridge South Lobby
$2 suggested donation for crafts

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 an evening of music, face painting and fun for the entire family. The Gardens will have lion dancers from cultural presentations on the Water Stage, 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.

Cultural Presentations at the Water Stage as follows:
 

We've also added these two classes listed below:
Chinese Brushwork with Beverly Herndon at Lunar New Year Event
Terrace Room—lower level of the Crystal Bridge
Member: $15 and Nonmember: $20

Join Beverly Herndon in an hour and a half workshop on Chinese Brushwork. Each participant will paint their own Chinese Dragon to take home! This class has been added to the Lunar New Year at the Gardens: Year of the Dog celebration from 4-8pm. 
Lunar New Year Wreath Making during Lunar New Year Celebration
Terrace Room—lower level of the Crystal Bridge
Member: $30; Nonmember: $35

Join Kenton Peters to create a Lunar New Year Wreath for your front door during the Lunar New Year at the Gardens: Year of the Dog from 4-8pm.
Classes for Kids
Reading Wednesday
Wednesdays,10-11am
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.
Sprouting Chefs: Fun and Fresh Lunches
Saturday, February 17, 11am-12:30pm
Member $15; Nonmember $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. 

Supplies for this class generously donated by Whole Foods Market
Strictly for the Birds
Saturday, February 24, 11–11:45am
Children’s Garden Porch
Abigail Curry, Children’s Garden Manager
Member $3; Nonmember $5
Best for ages 5-9
Register by Tuesday, February 20

Join us for a morning of bird-brained 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.
Reading Wednesday with the Metropolitan Downtown Library
Wednesday, January 31, 10am
Crystal Bridge South Lobby
FREE
Best for ages 2-5

On the last Wednesday of every month, we’re excited to welcome the Downtown Library to Reading Wednesdays! Library staff will be onsite with their pop-up library where you can sign your family up for library cards, or will be  working with Gardens staff to provide the reading and a fun craft.  
Dr. Seuss Day in the Gardens: Special Guest, The Cat in the Hat
Friday, March 2, 10am-Noon
Crystal Bridge South Lobby
Members $2; Nonmembers $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.
Sprouting Chefs: Spring Break Cooking Camp
Package rate (includes all 4 days): M $100; NM $140 (call to register to receive package rate)
Or Per Day rate: M $30 per day; NM $40 per day
Best for ages 8-12
 
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.

Monday: Bread Baking with Whole Foods
Tuesday: Fun with Fruit with Wheeze the Juice
Wednesday: Marvelous Mexican with Food for Thought
Thursday: Sweet as Honey with My Raggedy Herbs

Adult Classes
Myriad Kitchen: An Intro to Healthy Cooking
Water Plaza Room
Member $20; Nonmember $27
Register by February 13

Enjoy a delicious lunch that will taste so good you’ll have trouble believing it’s healthy. Instructed by Kamala Gamble and Barbara Mock from Kam's Kookery, the program includes an overview of: eating well and using in-season fresh fruits and vegetables; adding flavor with fresh and dried herbs; and best methods for healthy cooking.
SOLD OUT!
Designing a Butterfly Garden
Saturday, February 24, 11am-12:30pm
Terrace Room
Member $8; Nonmember $12
Marilyn Stewart, Wild Things Nursery

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.
Gardens Walking Tour
February 24, 10-11am
Last Saturday of Every Month, 10am
South Lobby and Garden Grounds
FREE
Walkups Welcome

Expand your Oklahoma plant knowledge and get inspiration for your garden with our educational walking tours. For our February walk we’ll discuss plants for color. Self-guided plant tour handouts are also available in our South Lobby.
Introduction to Growing Plants for New Gardeners
Tuesday, February 27, 6-7pm
Crystal Bridge 2nd Floor Conference Room
Members $5; Nonmembers $7
Register by Friday, February 23

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 1 in February will cover trees and discuss the best trees to grow in OKC and how to plant and maintain them. 
Senior Wellness Wednesday
Wednesday, February 28, 9–10:30am
Park House Event Center and Crystal Bridge
Member: $12, Nonmember: $15
Activities in the Park House Event Center and admission to the Crystal Bridge
ALL SENIORS Crystal Bridge admission is $2 from 9am-5pm
Best for ages 62+

Join us for a 30-minute heart healthy exercise class with instructor Robyn Pendleton from the YMCA, followed by a heart healthy cooking /wine demo tasting of smoked salmon, fresh greens and roasted veggies from Kam’s Kookery. End your visit with a walk through the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory. This is the first part of a three-month series focusing on the betterment of mind, body and soul for seniors.
Yoga in the Gardens
Tuesdays, 5:45pm
Late arrivals not accepted after 5:50pm
Check in at the South Lobby of the Crystal Bridge upon arrival
Member $5; Nonmember $10
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.
Seeking Event Volunteers
Volunteer at Events
Want to volunteer at fun events in the Gardens? Check out our current event list and sign up for a spot. Make it a group outing for schools, corporate groups, families and more! Volunteer opportunities are updated regularly, so bookmark this page for year-round access. Sign-up online   

Updates
Oklahoma Gardening School presented by Devon Energy & Meinders Foundation
Saturday, March 10, 9am-4pm, Devon Auditorium
The 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. This year's theme is "Garden Designs to Nurture Nature & Ourselves."

February Gardening Tips
Let's Talk Winter Irrigation
As the state has remained especially dry throughout January, it is important to consider the irrigation needs of your landscape. Although the majority of your vegetation may be dormant, your landscape may be in need of some supplemental water. 

Request for Proposals: Indoor / Outdoor Cafe Venue at Scissortail Park
The Café at Scissortail Park in downtown Oklahoma City will serve as the primary food and beverage location in the park and will also serve as one of the main entrances into Scissortail Park along the new Oklahoma City Boulevard.

Coming Up in March!
Syrup Sunday
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 cost: Member-$25; Nonmember-$30 
ALL AGES WELCOME!

Go Green,
St. Patrick’s Day
Saturday, March 17, 12–4pm
Great Lawn and Band shell, Sheridan Lawn
Music is FREE
$5 wristband, best for ages 4-10

Easter Egg Fun in the Gardens & Eggstravaganza
Saturday, March 31, 
Doggy Easter Egg Hunt, 12:30pm
Children's Events. 2:30pm
Great Lawn
Best for ages 0-8
Wristband: Members $8; Nonmembers $10
Adults FREE

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
Herman and LaDonna 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