With spring in the air and blooms abounding, this is the most beautiful time of the year! Nowhere is that more noticeable in Stillwater than at The Botanic Garden at OSU.
Nestled in the trees on the north side of West 6th Avenue is a beautiful, hidden treasure that shouldn’t be missed. With the beauty that The Botanic Garden has to offer, you might never guess all the activities that will peak your many interests. Whether it is yoga, gardening, listening to live music, or just relaxing in nature, there is something for everyone, young or old, at The Botanic Garden at OSU.
The Payne County Master Gardeners present a monthly Gardening Series the second Tuesday of each month from 6pm to 7:30 pm starting in April and running through October. These events are free to the public and cover a variety of topics for both the new and seasoned gardener. DIY garden topics like growing tomatoes, water harvesting, hummingbird gardens, and growing edible mushrooms are just a few things you will learn. To see upcoming topics, go to http://botanicgarden.okstate.edu/events.
If you haven’t experienced yoga in the great outdoors, grab your mat and head to The Botanic Garden! There is definitely something to be said for finding your center on the soft grass. From April to the end of May, every Wednesday from 5:45 pm to 6:30 pm, The Botanic Garden is open to the public for Yoga in the Garden taught by a certified yoga instructor.
The oh-so-popular and oh-so-fabulous Concert in the Garden Series are the most fun you can have on a warm, spring evening. Concert lineups for the spring begin with Steelwind on May 16th and Moe Towne Alex on June 1st. Bring your lawn chair, blanket, snacks, family and friends to enjoy each concert from 5:45 pm to 7:30 pm.
The Herb and Succulent Festival on June 23rd from 9 am to 12 pm promises to be a fun time with a chance to meet Casey Hentges, host of Oklahoma Gardening, and glean all of the how-to’s on building a vertical herb garden. Stick around a while and you will also see a demonstration on brewing teas from the herbs you grow. With vendors featuring soaps, herbs and succulents, cacti and other plants, there is no limit on what festivities The Herb and Succulent Festival will bring including local talent and musical group the Misspent Ukes.
As we start to say goodbye to the beautiful flowers and watch the season change to fall, don’t miss the 17th Annual Garden Fest and Mum Sale on September 29th from 9 am to 3 pm. This is an event that welcomes the beautiful colors of fall. There will also be learning opportunities, vendors, food trucks, fun, children’s activities, and live music!
After being greeted by the very knowledgeable Garden Ambassadors, experience The Botanic Garden and decide for yourself which activities you would enjoy by attending a Botanic Garden Open House every other Saturday starting May 5th from 9 am to 3 pm. The Botanic Garden Open House features a variety of children’s activities, ideas for landscaping, how-to classes, and answers to all of your gardening questions. For more information, go to http://botanicgarden.okstate.edu/events.