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Little Saplings @ Myriad Botanical Gardens
Mar 5 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Little Saplings

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. Each week features a new theme with corresponding activities and learning opportunities. Every Little Saplings event begins with a song, ends with a sensory bin, and includes a hands-on craft.

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Botanical Balance FREE Yoga @ Myriad Botanical Gardens
Mar 5 @ 5:45 pm – 7:00 pm

Botanical Balance FREE YOGA presented by Fowler Toyota, sponsored by Tinker Federal Credit Union and Stephenson Cancer Center

  • Tuesdays, 5:45 pm and Saturdays, 8 am
  • Check in at the Visitor Center and find out location which changes depending on the season
  • Instructors provided by This Land Yoga
  • Bring a mat, water, and an “open mind”
  • Recommended for ages 16&Up

Tuesday night at Myriad Botanical Gardens has been a place for yogis of all levels to center and recharge. Thanks to our new presenting sponsor Fowler Toyota, and our generous ongoing sponsors Tinker Federal Credit Union and Stephenson Cancer Center, yoga will be offered twice weekly of free.

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.

Mar
6
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Reading Wednesdays @ Myriad Botanical Gardens
Mar 6 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

 

Reading Wednesdays

  • Every Wednesday, 10 am
  • The Garden Classroom
  • FREE
  • Best for ages 2 to 5

Bring your youngster for story time each Wednesday at 10 am. 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. Join us the last Wednesday of the month for reading and craft time with the Downtown Library. For groups of 10 or more please call Kodi Clifford at (405) 835-6789.

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March 27–Metropolitan Downtown Library

 

Mar
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Oklahoma Gardening School @ Myriad Botanical Gardens
Mar 9 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

2019 Oklahoma Gardening School

Presented by Devon Energy and The Meinders Foundation

Growing Beautiful, Successful and Low-Maintenance Herb Gardens

  • Saturday, March 9, 9 am – 4 pm
  • Devon Energy Auditorium
  • $40 members; $70 nonmembers; $25 students with ID; $15 box lunch option
  • Register by Tuesday, March 5
  • REGISTER HERE

Myriad Botanical 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. Each year the Oklahoma Gardening School showcases local and national experts in gardening, plant selection, and garden design.  Their illustrated talks and Q&A discussions help participants learn how to create and maintain more sustainable gardens in Oklahoma.

The 2019 Gardening School theme is Growing Beautiful, Successful and Low-Maintenance Herb Gardens.  Speakers will inspire as they demonstrate how to grow purposeful herb gardens through adaptive designs, proper plant selection, and precise cultivation and maintenance practices to produce the finest aromatic, culinary, and therapeutic benefits for a healthier and more bountiful gardening experience.

Sponsors

In-Kind sponsors

Speakers

MATTHEW BENSON Balmville, NY

  • Matthew is a writer, photographer, author and organic farmer whose work focuses on issues of food, sustainability, and organics. He is the owner of Stonegate Farm in New York’s Hudson River Valley, where he cultivates organic vegetables, historic fruit, raw honey, and medicinal flowers and herbs. His farm has been featured in The New York Times, Better Homes & Gardens, Organic Gardening, and the television show This Old House, among others.

HOLLY SHIMIZU Glen Echo, Maryland

  • Holly is a nationally recognized horticulturist with a specialty in herbs and herb gardens. She was the first curator of The National Herb Garden at the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington, D.C., executive director of the U.S. Botanic Garden, and for more than 10 years was a host of the popular Victory Garden on PBS. Currently, Holly is involved in creating a new herb garden in Lewes, Delaware.

JENNY WEGLEY Dallas, Texas

  • Jenny is vice president of horticulture operations at Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. She has been recognized as one of 40 industry professionals under the age of 40 who help determine the future of horticulture. Jenny’s creativity and knowledge of plant trials have circulated in numerous industry publications throughout her career.

LORI COATS Tuttle, Oklahoma

  • Lori is an Oklahoma Master Gardener who has been featured in Oklahoma Gardener Magazine and Edible OKC Magazine. She is an herbalist who owns My Raggedy Herbs, a teaching garden that demonstrates backyard kitchen gardening for medicinal and culinary purposes.

BILL FARRIS Norman, Oklahoma
Lunch Presentation with Herb Market
Owner and operator of Prairie Wind Nursery

Schedule

8–9am Breakfast and Registration

9–9:10am Welcome

9:10am Growing Beautiful Food & Herbs

  • Speaker: Matthew Benson. Growing your own food, flowers, and herbs is a transformative experience filled with joy, folly, work and wonder. Become inspired to live sustainably as Matthew shares his unique organic gardening adventures through vibrant photographs and reflective accounts. Learn how he cultivated an authentic, meaningful bond with nature through the restoration of a mid-1800s estate farm in New York’s Hudson River Valley. Whether gardener, farmer, or chef, you will be motivated by the message of self-sufficiency and the beauty of food and herbs as local as your own backyard.

10:10–10:30am Break, Visit our exhibitors

10:30am–Maximizing Space through Historic and Modern Herb Garden Designs

  • Speaker: Holly Shimizu. Herb gardens come in many forms and arrangements, often tracing their roots to early European designs. Holly will explore the history of herb garden design using examples such as cloister gardens, estate and home gardens in Europe, as well as in Early America. Today there are interesting interpretations of these historic gardens that incorporate herbs in contemporary styles. Any of these styles can be applied to home garden designs of any size.

11:30am–1pm Lunch at Park House Event Center in the Myriad Gardens or on your own

  • Visit the Herb Market presented by Bill Farris, owner, and operator of Prairie Wind Nursery.

1 pm growing Herbs in a Challenging Climate

  • Speaker: Jenny Wegley. Growing herbs can be a rewarding challenge for anyone. Follow Jenny as she uncovers the trial-and-error lessons learned from a career in horticulture. Discover optimum techniques for growing a successful herb garden through the proper selection of varieties and essential maintenance practices that help produce a bountiful garden in an efficient and effective manner.

2–2:15pm Break, Visit our exhibitors

2:15 pm Bringing It All Back Home: Using The Herbs You’ve Grown

  • Speaker: Lori Coats. The hope when planting herbs is to reap the benefits of the precious plants but often those treasures remain hidden. No longer will the abundance of what your garden holds be missed. Learn best practices that have been handed down for generations to help you harvest, preserve, store and use culinary and medicinal herbs. Hear simple and practical ways for creating your own home apothecary, making delicious herbal foods and soothing remedies.

3:15–3:45pm Q&A, Wrap Up and Book Signings

 

Mar
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Spring Break Pop-Ins @ Myriad Botanical Gardens
Mar 12 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Spring Break Pop-Ins

Looking for something fun to do over Spring Break? Join us in the Children’s Garden as we celebrate the coming of spring with hands-on activities such as fruit and vegetable stamping, making weather wind sticks and seed planting. For groups of 10 or more call Lily Peppers at (405) 445-5162.

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Botanical Balance FREE Yoga @ Myriad Botanical Gardens
Mar 12 @ 5:45 pm – 7:00 pm

Botanical Balance FREE YOGA presented by Fowler Toyota, sponsored by Tinker Federal Credit Union and Stephenson Cancer Center

  • Tuesdays, 5:45 pm and Saturdays, 8 am
  • Check in at the Visitor Center and find out location which changes depending on the season
  • Instructors provided by This Land Yoga
  • Bring a mat, water, and an “open mind”
  • Recommended for ages 16&Up

Tuesday night at Myriad Botanical Gardens has been a place for yogis of all levels to center and recharge. Thanks to our new presenting sponsor Fowler Toyota, and our generous ongoing sponsors Tinker Federal Credit Union and Stephenson Cancer Center, yoga will be offered twice weekly of free.

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.

Mar
13
Wed
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Reading Wednesdays @ Myriad Botanical Gardens
Mar 13 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

 

Reading Wednesdays

  • Every Wednesday, 10 am
  • The Garden Classroom
  • FREE
  • Best for ages 2 to 5

Bring your youngster for story time each Wednesday at 10 am. 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. Join us the last Wednesday of the month for reading and craft time with the Downtown Library. For groups of 10 or more please call Kodi Clifford at (405) 835-6789.

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March 27–Metropolitan Downtown Library

 

Mar
14
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Spring Break Pop-Ins @ Myriad Botanical Gardens
Mar 14 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Spring Break Pop-Ins

Looking for something fun to do over Spring Break? Join us in the Children’s Garden as we celebrate the coming of spring with hands-on activities such as fruit and vegetable stamping, making weather wind sticks and seed planting. For groups of 10 or more call Lily Peppers at (405) 445-5162.

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Artists’ Reception: Against the Grain and The Love of Color @ Myriad Botanical Gardens
Mar 14 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm

A multimedia exhibit featuring furniture, glass, and paintings in the Crystal Bridge south lobby is set to open March 14. The exhibit is free for the public to view during regular Crystal Bridge hours: Monday through Saturday, 9 am to 5 pm and Sunday, 11 am to 5 pm. There will be an artists’ opening reception on Thursday, March 14, 5 to 6:30 pm. The public is invited. A percentage of proceeds from sales will benefit the Myriad Gardens Foundation. The furniture show “Against The Grain” runs through April 28. “The Love of Color” will be on exhibit through May 28.

Against the Grain: Furniture Works of Art by Marking Tree Design and Glass Art from Fusion Glass

Exhibit run: March 14 to April 28, 2019

Zach True Hammack is an Oklahoma artist whose upbringing centered on a family-owned lumber business in Oklahoma City called Arrowhead Lumber. Building on Hammack’s love for art and design, in addition to a passion for their family’s Native American heritage, he began Marking Tree Design gradually over three years.

A “marking tree” is a form of technology, like arrowheads, created by American Indians. The sapling of a tree is formed by tying down the top of the tree causing the tree trunk as it aged to grow horizontal instead of vertical. These trees were used to point to trails and water sources and would last as a part of the landscape for future generations guiding them to safe passage or water in unknown territory.

This use of nature, without misusing or causing harm, is a recurring theme throughout Native American folklore and is something reflected in Marking Tree Design’s work. Salvaging and reclaiming wood to use in furniture and through sales not only adds aesthetic value to Marking Tree’s products but also lends tradition and backstory to every piece that is created and sold.

The studio is located in the newly developed West Penn District (1615 North Portland) in Oklahoma City. Clients include both residential and commercial. Hammack’s work is a permanent part of the Visitor Center, which was renovated and reopened in November 2018. Those pieces include the counter to the guest services desks, benches, and tables.

Glassworks on exhibit have been created by Art Fusion, located in the Plaza District, owned by Tracey and Rick Bewley.

The Love of Color: Featuring Paintings by Nancy Jukin

Exhibit run: March 14 to May 28, 2019

Nancy Junkin was born and raised in Ponca City, Oklahoma. As a child, she loved art instruction and would spend hours painting with oils and creating abstract designs. After graduating from The University of Oklahoma in 1970 with a BA in English, Nancy taught first grade in Noble, Oklahoma then left the state to live in Texas for 12 years. Upon returning, Nancy moved to Edmond, Oklahoma. After her children were grown, along with working as an investment consultant, Nancy pursued her interest in and love of art by taking classes at the University of Central Oklahoma toward an M.F.A. She left graduate school to work with an interior design firm, enhancing her eye for design and color. During that time, Nancy continued drawing and painting and has been actively painting and showing for over 15 years. Currently, Nancy lives in Oklahoma City and works with oil and acrylic paints, occasionally incorporating mixed media.

The Love of Color by Nancy Junkin is presented by The Howell Gallery, located at 6432 N. Western Avenue. Howell Gallery represents over 50 nationally and regionally recognized artists together with new emerging artists. Visit our website at howellgallery.com

Mar
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Myriad Gardens Give-Back Night At OKC Blue Game
Mar 15 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us on Friday, March 15 for the first-ever Myriad Botanical Gardens Give Back Night with the Oklahoma City Blue at Chesapeake Energy Arena! Tickets are only $20 per person and include a hot dog, drink, and free parking close to the arena. A portion of the profits will benefit the Myriad Botanical Gardens 501(c)3.

Purchase your tickets online here or by calling the Thunder offices at (405) 429-7740. Parking information will be emailed the week of the event to registered ticket holders and will be on a first come, first served basis.