Orchids in October @ Myriad Botanical Gardens
Oct 25 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Orchids in October honoring Carl Shortt Jr.

  • Thursday, October 25
  • Presentation, 11:30am, Water Stage
  • Luncheon immediately following, Park House Events Center
  • Tickets $85 per person
Carl Shortt Jr. to be honored at Orchids in October


The Board of Directors of the Myriad Gardens Foundation is proud to announce that Carl Shortt Jr. is the 2018 recipient of the James R. Tolbert III Crystal Orchid Award.  This award is an annual tribute to those who significantly impact the beauty and success of the Myriad Botanical Gardens and Oklahoma City. This celebration will be held on Thursday, October 25 at the Myriad Gardens with the ceremony on the Water Stage and the luncheon in the Park House Events Center.

After graduating from the University of Oklahoma Carl began his banking career at First National Bank and Trust Company. In 1981, he and Randy Everest started The Trust Company of Oklahoma which was eventually sold to the Bank of Oklahoma where he was the Trust and Private Banking manager for central Oklahoma until his retirement.

A lifetime amateur photographer he began a second career as a professional photographer studying under several internationally known photographers. He is a partner in the In Your Eye Gallery and has exhibited his work in many juried shows. Carl is also an award-winning woodcrafter creating beautiful pieces of art and dozens of pieces of furniture for his Oklahoma City home.

Carl has served on various community boards including Allied Arts and received the Zach D. Taylor Jr. Volunteer Award; Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition; Lyric Theatre; Science Museum Oklahoma; Arts Council of Oklahoma City; Rotary Club of Oklahoma City and the Metro Camera Club.  He actively volunteers for not-for-profit organizations helping them with photos for friend and fund raising purposes.

Carl says his biggest volunteer effort is for the Myriad Gardens. He is a long time Community Board member and has always given generously of his personal time and financial support. With over 10,000 beautiful photos of the Gardens he has helped us maintain our history and our memories which is invaluable.

Sponsorships are available. Contact: Debora Morey, Deputy Director, Myriad Gardens Foundation, dmorey@myriadgardens.org or call (405) 445-7084


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