By Darla Shelden
City Sentinel Reporter
This March there will be a variety of fun and educational classes, events and activities for the entire family at the Myriad Botanical Gardens in downtown Oklahoma City.
Kids can learn about vanilla beans, how to plant potatoes and enjoy a series of Spring Break pop-in activities.
For adults, Oklahoma Gardening School brings world-renowned garden designer and author Julie Moir Messervy to Oklahoma City . She will show how to make the most of a small space with‘The Not Too Big Garden.’
Most activities are low cost or free. By becoming a member of the Gardens, you will receive discounts for a year at one of Oklahoma City’s best nature spaces.
Now through March 14, the “Jewel Orchids: Treasures of the Rainforest” exhibit is free with regular admission to the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory. Cost is $8 per adult; $7 for seniors, students and active military; and $5 per child age 4-12.
Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Each Wednesday in March at 10 a.m., children can enjoy Bringing Books to Life, a reading event held in the Crystal Bridge Lobby. Nature-themed books are featured and selected based on the season. Children can also enjoy creating a small craft after the story. This event is best for ages 2-5.
On Thursday, March 5, from 11 a.m. to noon, kids ages 3 to 7 can experience The Delicious, Delightful Vanilla Bean led by Dr. Ann Fleener, Gardens Director of Education. Participants can dissect a couple of “beans” and create their own homemade vanilla ice cream. The event takes place in the Crystal Bridge Terrace Room. Tickets are $8 for members and $10 for nonmembers.
Each Monday and Wednesday (March 9, 11, 16 and 18), from 10 a.m. to noon, Spring Break Pop-Ins will be featured in the Children’s Garden Porch. Participants can arrive at any time during these hours to participate in one of the rotating activities such as creating a garden craft, planting seeds, or going on a scavenger hunt.
Activities are free for members. A $2 donation per non-member child is suggested.
On Thursday, March 12, from 5-7 p.m., the Metro Camera Club will host a free public opening reception for a juried exhibit of 40 photographs, printed on polished aluminum plate. The exhibit will be open from March 5 – April 12 during regular Crystal Bridge hours and is free to the public.
The Not Too Big Garden workshop, presented by the Devon Corporation, on Saturday, March 14 will focus on creating a small garden oasis from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the Devon Auditorium. Talks will offer design tips, inspiring examples, and plant selection ideas for making the most of a smaller garden.
Tickets are $35 for members; $60 for nonmembers; and $20 for students with ID. An optional box lunch is $13. Register at myriadgardens.org by Tuesday, March 10.
On Sunday, March 15, the Myriad Gardens Orchid Sale will be held in the Crystal Bridge Lobby from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Hundreds of orchids from Garden Orchid Show displays will be available for purchase at discounted prices. All regular sized orchids are $5 for members and $10 for nonmembers. Large, one-gallon Cymbidiums will be $10 for members $15 for non-members.
On March 17 St. Patty’s Day festivities take place on the Water Stage from 12 – 1 p.m. The fun begins with a rollicking performance by the Pierce-Hart Celtic band followed by spirited entertainment by members of the Oklahoma Academy of Irish Dance.
On Saturday, March 21, from 11 a.m. to noon kids can participate in the “This Spuds for You Interactive Potato Planting Demonstration” and learn how to create a potato tower using straw, soil, and seed potatoes. This is a simple project that’s ideal for urban gardens as you can grow a large quantity of potatoes in a small pace. Director of Education, Dr. Ann Fleener will discuss and demonstrate this process
For additional events and times, visit www.oklahomacitybotanicalgardens.com and click the “Events” box.