This Week
Sprouting Chefs: Strawberries Galore
Saturday, May 19, 2-3pm
2nd Floor Conference Room
Member $8; Nonmember $10
Best for ages 7 to 11
Register by Thursday

May in Oklahoma is peak strawberry season and they’re bursting with flavor at the Myriad Gardens for this tasty event. Participants will learn about the strawberry plant and then have a rare opportunity to play with their food. Kids will learn strawberry prep techniques and how easy it is to make a healthy and mouth-watering spring treat. The class will conclude with a strawberry feast as participants devour their creations.

Ingredients for this class are generously donated by Whole Foods Market.
Growing Marvelous Melons
Saturday, May 19, 10am-noon
2nd Floor Conference Room
Member $10; Nonmember $12
Register by Thursday

Few things kick off the dog days of summer like the watermelon, and Oklahoma is a great place to grow it. Join Micah Anderson as he teaches you the ins-and-outs of growing this plant. Micah will cover the botany and history of the plant, the types of watermelons and will demonstrate how to plant it. He will also discuss how to care for your watermelon plant, including how to hand-pollinate the flowers. Each participant will head home with seeds to sow in their garden.
Coming up Tuesday, May 29!
Full Moon Bike Ride and Run
Tuesday, May 29, 8pm run; 8:30pm ride
Meet at the Band Shell by the Great Lawn
$5 per person to participate, get entered in a drawing to win prizes
Fill out your liability waiver in advance here

Runners and cyclists, take your mark! It’s time to for the Gardens’ much-loved annual Full Moon Bike and Run. Join other runners in a 5K, led by OK Runner, through the scenic downtown area as the sun sets. Bring your bike and meet up for a leisurely one-hour ride. Downtown-area routes are specifically planned by Schlegel Bicycles. Don’t have a bike? Use Spokies Bike Share. Ride OKC will have their trailer onsite for people of all ages to rent bikes. Lights and helmet are required to participate.

Schlegel Bicycles and Ride OKC will be onsite one hour prior to the ride for quick bike maintenance and learn how-to bike lessons near the Sheridan Bus Loop.

OK Runner, Schlegel Bicycles and Ride OKC will lead the ride and run safety workshops 15 minutes prior to the event start time.
Children's Classes
Little Sapling Series
Tuesday, May 22, 10-11am
Children’s Garden (South Lobby Reading Nook in inclement weather)
Members $3; Nonmembers $4
Best for ages 2-5

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. 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.

Coming in June: Weekly Walk-Ups!
 
Family Prairie Exploration
Friday, May 25, 2-3pm
2nd Floor Conference Room and Prairie Garden
Member $4; Nonmember $5
Best for ages 7 to 11
Register by Tuesday, May 22 

Explore Oklahoma’s native prairie landscape in the heart of downtown. The class will start with a learning session about the parts of a flower and a craft, then kids will discover the rare and wonderful plants that live in the prairie. The class will end with a scavenger hunt in the Myriad Gardens’ own Prairie Garden, finding the beautiful flowers and grasses the kids learned about earlier.
Family Workshop: Dino Terrariums
Thursday, May 31, 2-3pm
2nd Floor Conference Room
Member $9; Nonmember $11
Best for ages 6 to 10
Register by Friday, May 25 

Travel back to prehistoric days of dinosaurs by creating your own mini dino garden. Kids will learn how to care for a terrarium, what the plants need to survive and what our tiny dinosaurs need. Each child will get to create a small terrarium to take home with their own dinosaur model and plant to take care of.
Reading Wednesdays
Wednesdays, 10am
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.
See what's ahead for June here !
For Adults
Yoga Series in the Gardens
Giveaway sponsor Athleta
Tuesdays, 5:45 p.m.
Late arrivals not accepted after 5:50 p.m.
Meet in the South Lobby for Check-In and to receive your wrist band
Member $5; Nonmember $10
Must be 16 and older

This is a great, all-levels class led by Lisa Woodard from This Land Yoga. Class participants should bring a yoga mat and water. Class participants will meet in the south lobby for check-in each week. Drop in for a session or two, or enjoy the entire series!
Gardens Walking Tour
Saturday, May 26, 10-11am
South Lobby and Garden Grounds
FREE
Walk-ups Welcome
Every last Saturday of the month
Recommended for adults, children and dogs on a leash welcome!

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 spring color to drought tolerant choices and more. Self-guided plant tour handouts are available in our South Lobby.
Tomato Titans: An Introduction to Growing Tomatoes
Saturday, June 2, 10am-Noon
2nd Floor Conference Room and Garden Grounds
Instructor: Carla Grogg, Co-founder of Grogg’s Green Barn
Member $10; Nonmember $15
Register by Tuesday, May 29

Nothing quite beats feasting on a juicy, ripe from-the-garden tomato that you’ve grown yourself. Join us for this introductory class to get you on your way to becoming a Tomato Titan. We’ll cover some of the fascinating history of the tomato and you’ll learn how to start tomato seeds and transplant their seedlings. Then we’ll get into the nitty gritty of caring for tomatoes as the weather heats up – insect and disease control, proper watering and fertilizing, and the importance of pinching. We’ll cover common problems and their solutions. Participants are welcome to bring photos of their tomatoes for questions and advice.
Soil: the Key to a Healthy Garden
Saturday, June 9, 1-3pm
2nd Floor Conference Room and Garden Grounds
M $8; NM $12
Malarie Gotcher, the City of OKC Water Utilities Department
Allen Parlier, Closer to Earth
Register by Tuesday, June 5

Special thanks to the City of Oklahoma City Water Conservation Program for making this workshop possible.

Soil is the foundation of any good garden and a healthy soil is essential in having healthy plants. In this interactive program you’ll learn the basics of soil and the simple steps to creating great compost. Malarie Gotcher will teach us about soil structure, how to conduct and understand the results of a simple soil test, how to amend your soil and the 10 most common garden weeds (and their solutions). Allen Parlier will then delve into the key ingredients in any compost, taking you through the steps of starting and maintaining your own compost pile so that you can add this essential ingredient to your soil.
See what's ahead for June here !
Winnie-The-Pooh Festival
FREE for Members/ages 2 and under
Join or renew online here
$6 per person non-member
$6 per bear for Build-A-Bear Craft 

Journey into the land of Pooh, Piglet and Tigger too as the Children’s Garden is transformed into Christopher Robin’s Hundred Acre Wood. Crafts, activities and imaginative displays will capture the essence of one of America’s most beloved children’s stories. 

Our two BIG Winnie-The-Pooh Events
Sensory Winnie the Pooh Night
In-Kind Sponsor: Trader Joe's
Friday, June 8, 6-7:30pm
Children’s Garden
Best for ages 0 to 12
Member $10; Nonmember $12. 
Adults FREE

An event tailored for families with children with special needs; join us inside the Children’s Garden for Winnie the Pooh. No crowds or loud music. Mr. Yeti’s Snowball food truck will be onsite for purchases and a light snack from Trader Joe’s will be provided.
MEMBERS BONUS EVENT:
An Evening in the Hundred Acre Wood
Saturday, June 16, 6:30-8pm
Children’s Garden
Best for ages 2 to 7
Member $10 per person

Come to Winnie the Pooh after hours to explore the Children’s Garden as the sun sets in the background. There will be games, activities and treats provided by Rocket Fizz Soda Pop & Candy Shops Edmond. Our friends Pooh and Tigger will be onsite for photos. All guests will be encouraged to dress as their favorite character to get in the spirit. Throughout the evening we will be playing The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh short stories on the Children’s Garden porch for everyone to enjoy. Guests will also be able to use the Thunder Fountain after regular festival hours. 
Winnie-the-Pooh Classes
Children’s Honey Bee Class with Lori Coats
Tents near the Thunder Fountain
Saturday, June 9, 11am-12pm & 2-3pm
Best for ages 2-7
Register by Friday, June 8 at noon—limited space available
Includes Admission to Winnie-the-Pooh
*This same class will be offered twice in one day, pick one
Member: $5, Nonmember: $8

Join Lori Coats, owner of My Raggedy Herbs, as she teaches children the process of how honeybees make honey. Lori and her husband raised their four children on a honey farm in western Oklahoma. She will have your child buzzing with excitement as they hear a kid-friendly version of how these amazing insects make nature’s perfect food! Each child will create their own fun honeycomb picture and leave with a bee stamp on their hand.

Berry Class with Pati Colston
Tents near the Thunder Fountain
Saturday, June 16, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Best for ages2-7
Register by Friday, June 15 at noon—limited space available
*Includes Admission to Winnie the Pooh
Member: $5, Nonmember: $8

Come and learn about the important roll honeybees have in the pollination process of strawberry plants from Pati Colston, owner of Agape House Berry Farm. Pati and her husband raise 16,000 strawberry plants and are eager to share with children the importance of these special pollinators. Kids will have the opportunity to make their own balloon “honeybee” during craft time and “pollinate” strawberry plants. 
Membership Renewal Special for May
Journey into the land of Pooh, Piglet and Tigger too as the Children’s Garden is transformed into Christopher Robin’s Hundred Acre Wood. Crafts, activities and imaginative displays will capture the essence of one of America’s most beloved children’s stories. Get the list of the MANY activities here.

Cost is $6 per person but Gardens members get FREE admission! Purchase a family membership for $65 and come for FREE as many times as you like throughout the 10-day festival!

MEMBERSHIP OFFER FOR MAY
If your membership expires at the end of May, renew now and receive a $10 discount. Call our membership office at (405) 445-7087 today! 
Volunteer Updates
Volunteer at at the Children’s Garden Festival
Join us for our sixth annual  Children's Garden Festival ! Volunteers will assist guests at the entry gate as they step into the world of Winnie the Pooh, help with games in Tigger's Game Zone, play with kiddos at the sensory bins in Rabbit's Garden, help kids 'build a bear" in the Hundred Acre Wood and more. It takes more than 400 volunteers to make this magical event happen, so we need your help! Weekends are particularly busy and we need a lot of extra hands to keep things running smoothly. Please consider volunteering and bringing your family, friends or coworkers to volunteer with us. Sign-up online  here.

Contact Lindsay Dennis, ldennis@myriadgardens.org
Become a Partner Volunteer

Join us for a Partner Volunteer orientation on Monday, May 21 from 6-7pm in the Crystal Bridge Conservatory. Partner Volunteers are individuals who would like to volunteer regularly at the Myriad Gardens. Opportunities include special events, administrative work, leading tours and school programs, and working with our horticulture staff. Partners receive a variety of benefits including a parking pass, name tag, and $20 off their Myriad Gardens membership. To RSVP email ldennis@myriadgardens.org or call 405-445-7089. 
Updates
Pitchfork in the Park Open
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 are Friday, Saturday & Sunday, 11am-5pm and Tuesday-Thursday, 11am-2pm. Follow their social media in case of weather closures. Twitter ; Instagram and Facebook.

Get their menus:
May Offer for the Park House
Claim our last Saturday in May at a discounted rate!

With a striking panoramic view of the grounds, breathtaking sunsets, and nighttime glow of the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory, the Park House Events Center is the premier location for your next special occasion. This space was designed to entertain and is perfect for corporate events, wedding ceremonies and receptions, networking events, birthday celebrations and more.

Call (405) 200-1547 or email rentals@myriadgardens.org. Get details here.
A Space for Spring and Summer Birthday Babes!
The Children’s Garden Pavilion sits in a serene area of the Children’s Garden just a hop and a skip away from the playground and Thunder Fountain. A perfect place for private birthday parties, the Children’s Garden Pavilion is equipped to entertain kiddos of all ages.

Call (405) 200-1547 or email rentals@myriadgardens.org to secure your reservation for your birthday boy or girl!
Download the birthday rentals flier here.
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