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Myriad Botanical Gardens and Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory

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Myriad Botanical Gardens and Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory
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Myriad Botanical Gardens and Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory
© Bill Fairchild

Background:

One of the more amazing sites in the Oklahoma City metro area, the Myriad Botanical Gardens is a 17-acre, nationally-renowned paradise of exotic plant life, tropical terrain and beautiful landscapes. Although the idea for the Gardens originated with the famous architect I.M. Pei way back in 1964, commissioned by city leaders including Dean A. McGee of the Kerr-McGee Corporation, the Gardens didn't open until the Summer of 1988.

There are more than 1000 different species of plants at the Myriad Botanical Gardens from 6 different continents. There are two areas of the conservatory, a Tropical Rain Forest Zone and Dry Tropical Zone. Visitors can simply explore the grounds or they can register for ecology classes, join the Myriad Gardens Foundation or volunteer at the facility.

See inside Crystal Bridge in this Fantastic Image Gallery from Bill Fairchild and other About.com readers.

Myriad Gardens Features:

In 2010-2011, The Myriad Gardens received extensive renovations and additions thanks to Project 180. In addition to the inside botanical gardens, here are some of the outdoor features:

  • Grand Event Lawn - Large outdoor festival space includes a band shell for performances. Here you'll find popular events such as the Sunday Twilight Concert Series and the SONIC Summer Movie Nights Series.
  • Children's Garden - Six acre area with a hedge maze, story tree, climbing structures and more
  • Wave Fountain
  • Pavilion
  • Seasonal Plaza - Dancing fountains in the summer and an ice skating rink in the winter
  • Restaurant - Set to open in 2012
  • Dog Park - Off the leash area
  • Water Stage - Home to theatrical performances such as those from Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park

 

Hours of Operation:

Normally, the Myriad Botanical Gardens and Crystal Bridge Conservatory is open every day of the year except Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Hours of operation are Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. (11 a.m. to 7 p.m. from June 1st through Labor Day). Outdoor ground are open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Location:

301 West Reno Ave. - Downtown Oklahoma City at the intersection of Reno and Robinson. See this map of the nearby Chesapeake Energy Arena for more details.

Crystal Bridge Admission:

There is no admission fee to enjoy the outdoor Myriad areas. For the botanical gardens area inside Crystal Bridge, regular rates are:
Adults - $7
Children 4-12 - $4
Seniors 62+ - $6
Students 13-19 or Adults with College ID - $6
Active Military - $6
Children under 4 - Free

Groups of 10 or more children are $3 each, and groups of 10 or more adults are just $5 each.

Renting Crystal Bridge:

Hold your next special event at the breathtaking Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory. With a 35 foot waterfall, exotic plants and beautiful gardens, the grounds are perfect for any occasion from romantic wedding to office party.

Interested parties must tour first by calling 297-3995, Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm. Rental times run from 6:30pm-10:30pm, and rates are $700 (Sun-Thur), $800 (Fri-Sat) and $1000 (Holidays or Holiday Weekends). For all that's available for renting, see here.

Education:

The Myriad Botanical Gardens offers Ecology classes at 10am Tuesday-Thursday throughout the regular school year. Call (405) 297-3995 for more information.

During the Summer, the "Roaming in the Rainforest" program is available every Tuesday and Wednesday mornings in June and July.

There are also guided tours available at no extra charge at 10 am or 1 pm, Monday-Friday. Tours must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance.

Join the Foundation:

The Myriad Gardens Foundation provides a great deal of the necessary funding. By joining the Foundation, you gain unlimited access to the Myriad Botanical Gardens and Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory, 10% off at the Gift Shop, discounts on workshops and classes and invitations to special events.

Annual membership costs range from $25 to $1000. For more information, contact the Executive Director Myriad Gardens Foundation, Dixie Jensen, at (405) 297-3974. The Foundation brochure is available in Adobe PDF format online.
 

Nearby Hotels and Lodging:

  • Colcord Hotel
    15 North Robinson
    Less than 1 mile
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  • Sheraton Oklahoma City Hotel
    One N Broadway Ave.
    Less than 1 mile
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  • Renaissance Oklahoma City Hotel
    10 N Broadway Ave.
    Less than 1 mile
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  • Courtyard by Marriott
    2 West Reno Ave.
    Less than 1 mile
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