March brings Tulsa Botanic BLOOMS!

The countdown to spring is underway and tulips and hyacinths are starting to show their green leaves above ground. It's just about time for Tulsa Botanic BLOOMS - our annual celebration of spring with over 100,000 blooming bulbs! New this year is our most complex planting design in the Tandy Floral Terraces - "Rays of Light" which features over 70 different tulip varieties. Also new are over 2,000 daffodils and 2,500 crocus bulbs andt thousands of other spring bulbs planted in the Tandy Floral Terraces. Our Children's Discovery Garden will welcome visitors with over 13,000 colorful bulbs, with more bulbs in front of the visitor center and new Mabee Grange. Check out our March calendar for gardening talks, spring break activities, and Tulips & Tunes - music and food during the height of tulip blooms. Special thanks to Osage Casino & Hotel for sponsoring 2018 Tulsa Botanic BLOOMS!

Tuesday, March 20-Friday, March 23, 10:15 a.m.: Spring Break Story Times
Join Garden staff each morning for a nature-themed story time followed by activities and a craft.  Story time for toddlers will start at 10:15 a.m. with a story time for ages 4 and up starting at 10:45 a.m. Free with regular admission. Topics include: Tuesday, March 20 – Spring Equinox, Wednesday, March 21 – Seeds, Thursday, March 22 – Flowers and Friday, March 23 – Worms – special guest Master Composter Steve Wood will bring live worms.

Thursday, March 22, 5-8 p.m.: Tulips & Tunes: Klondike5 String Band
Tap your feet to the sound of Klondike5 String Band while strolling through the Garden’s spring display of 100,000 bulbs including tulips, daffodils, hyacinths and more. Local food truck MASA will be on hand with dinner options and beer and wine will also be available for sale.  Music starts at 6 pm.

Saturday, March 24, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.: Color Walk and Family Picnic Day
See how many colors your family can find as you explore the Garden and see what’s blooming. Bring a blanket and picnic to enjoy on the Garden lawn. Free with regular admission.

Sunday, March 25, 1 – 4 p.m.: Bunny Hunt
Families can look for painted bunnies on their walk to a petting zoo with bunnies, chicks and baby goats, and activities where kids can decorate a wooden egg, and plant a seed to take home and grow.  Kids can hunt for painted rocks (limit of 3) that they can turn in for a prize.  Pre-registration is required for all attending. Cost: Non-members: $8 for ages 3 and up (including adults); Price for Garden members is $5 for children ages 3 to 12. Member adults (ages 13+) are free. All children age 2 and under are free, but must also be registered. Register on website or by calling 918-289-0330

Thursday, March 29, 5-8 p.m.: Tulips & Tunes: Little Joe McLerran
Unwind after work with music, food and drinks while walking through the Botanic Garden’s spring display of 100,000 bulbs. Blues guitarist and singer Little Joe McLerran will be filling the air with his internationally acclaimed stylings beginning at 6 p.m. Andolini’s Pizzeria food truck will have food options and beer and wine will also be available for sale.  

Saturday, March 31, 10 a.m.: “Raising Food in a Healthy Way”
Did you know that roughly 85% of the human population’s food calories and the vast majority of planted croplands worldwide are annual crops (replanted every year)?

Dr. Tim Crews of The Land Institute will be sharing about the work The Land Institute does in developing more sustainable agricultural systems by using natural prairies as models. Learn how researchers at The Land Institute work in numerous collaborations worldwide to breed new perennial grain crops, develop diverse cropping arrangements and begin to introduce them to commercial markets.

Dr. Crews is Director of Research and Lead Scientist of the Ecology Program at The Land Institute. Prior to joining the Institute’s staff, Crews was a Professor of Environmental Studies and Agroecology at Prescott College in Arizona. Dr. Crews received his Ph.D. from Cornell University in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and was an Ecology post-doc fellow at Stanford University.

The Land Institute is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization based in Salina, Kansas that was founded in 1976. The Land Institute’s work, led by a team of plant breeders and ecologists in multiple partnerships worldwide, is focused on developing perennial grains, pulses and oilseed bearing plants to be grown in ecologically intensified, diverse crop mixtures known as perennial polycultures.

This event is free with regular admission. No registration required.

Saturday, March 31, 8 – 10 p.m.: Nature Trail Full Moon Night Hike
Join us for a night hike on our 1. 5 mile Cross Timbers Nature Trail. Beer and wine will be available for sale as well as s'more kits for making s'mores over fire pits (weather permitting). Please note: Participants should wear comfortable walking shoes and be able to walk the 1.5 mile nature trail.  Not recommended for children under 6. Cost is $10 per person for members; $15 for non-members. Register online or call 918-289-0330.