Story and Photos by Tanner Pipins
Springtime may not be in full bloom, but plant lovers can still visit thousands of plant varieties for free at the Myriad
Oklahoma City’s Myriad Botanical Gardens opens its doors to the public for free tours on the last Saturday of each month. From 10-11 a.m., the guided tours will take visitors down two different paths: “Plants for Water Conservation”
and “Plants for Color.”
Located on the southwest corner of Reno and Robins the 13,000-square-foot Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory
serves as the home to about 2,000 different types of plants. The outside grounds of the garden include a collection full of
13 plants native to Oklahoma.
After becoming a non-profit organization in Oklahoma City in 2014, the Gardens started the Myriad Gardens Walking
Tour. That became a tradition after its inception and has served the community ever since. On a month-to-month basis, the Gardens usually has about 20 guests
“The Myriad Botanical Gardens is one of Oklahoma City’s most beloved public spaces,” said Joel Bramhall, the director of education at the Myriad Botanical Gardens. “Offering its visitors a 15-acre natural escape in the very heart of Downtown, it provides our guests, young and old, with a place to seek solitude with nature, or seek community and the company of others.”
Additionally, there are attractions and expansions happening to the Gardens. The Visitors Center, located on the south end of the Gardens, is two months into its
most recent remodel.
Coming soon is Scissortail Park, which is a 70-acre expansion under the Umbrella Organization that will open later this year. As of right now, they are anticipating a September or October grand opening. For more information on bookings and tours, visit oklahomacitybotanicalgardens.com.
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