The Gardens at Science Museum Oklahoma

SMO Gardens

 

 

Escape to the SMO Gardens! Explore native plants, meet the museum's bunnies and koi fish, learn about horticulture during 'What's Growing On?' events, play yard games, and much more.

The Gardens at Science Museum Oklahoma are made up of native and Oklahoma-proven plants. You'll find a kids’ garden, herb garden, native plants garden, a Monarch Waystation, a vegetable garden and orchard, a water garden, a Japanese garden, a hobby greenhouse, lawn games, spacious picnic tables, miniature excavators, a bunny hutch that demonstrates permaculture and aquaculture, and a whole lot more!

The gardens at SMO are a typically a serene escape with picnic tables and four lawn spaces perfect for a lunch or lawn games. The gardens are often an ideal location for sensory-sensitive guests who may need a quieter, more predictable environment. The gardens can be accessed through Pavlov's Cafe or through the doors on the south central side of the Science Floor.

 

Learn how our (and your!) garden grows! During SMO's regular What's Growing On? programs, guests will learn about gardening techniques, maintenance, and follow along as gardens and grounds staff take care of the SMO Gardens.

Events are included with general admission unless noted and take place at 11 a.m. on select Saturdays. Check out the dates and activities below:

April

April 13, 11 a.m.

Vegetable Gardening

It’s time to start the warm-season vegetable garden! Join the SMO gardens team as they get our garden growing.

April 20, 11 a.m.

Earth Day Celebration

Celebrate Earth Day with SMO! Join us for a butterfly release, lots of activities related to sustainability, and more!

April 27, 11 a.m.

Planting Annuals

Add some color to the garden! Join the SMO gardens team as they plant warm-season annuals in advance of summer.

May

May 4, 11 a.m.

Walking Tour

Time to get your steps in! Take a guided tour of our gardens with our horticulture experts. Come with questions about your own garden or ask questions about ours!

May 11, 11 a.m.

Mother’s Day “Hand Bouquets”

Trace your hand and paint it into a bouquet during our spring painting in the gardens event – give mom flowers that will last all year.

May 18, 11 a.m.

Plants for Pollinators

Tour SMO’s native and butterfly gardens and learn about the plants that support the VIPs of the gardens – Very Important Pollinators!

June

June 1, 11 a.m.

Summer Walking Tour

Time to get your steps in! Take a guided tour of our gardens with our horticulture experts. Come with questions about your own garden or ask questions about ours!

June 15, 11 a.m.

Father’s Day Art in the Gardens

Let the SMO Gardens inspire a gift for dad or grandpa – join us for Art in the Gardens to create the perfect gift for dad on Father’s Day. We’ll provide the supplies, you bring the talent!

June 22, 11 a.m.

Drought-Tolerant Plants

Are you ready to rock … garden? Learn about drought-tolerant plants and how you can create a garden that requires less water.