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.

What's Growing On at Science Museum Oklahoma

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:


July 13, 11 a.m.

Tomato Seeding

Join the SMO Gardens staff and learn how to seed tomatoes + when to plant them in order to get a second crop of tomatoes for fall.

July 20, 11 a.m.

Divide and Multiply!

When grasses aren’t actively growing they can be divided – join the SMO Gardens staff to learn how to divide plants and add them to other areas of your garden or share with friends.

July 27, 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.