Published on: September 01, 2017

Autumn is in the air!

Cooler air signals the transition of the seasons as summer temperatures and humidity slowly give way to crisper air and earlier sunsets. The Garden is still going strong with plants growing and thriving and supporting many forms of wildlife. September is a good time to see butterflies in the Garden, and we’re celebrating these winged jewels of the garden with activities throughout the month. We also have a full month of activities planned for our Late Night Thursdays. Check it out below!



Daily through the month of September, butterfly survey sheets will be available for visitors to fill out as they walk through the Garden to record what types of butterflies they see. Visitors can then add their sightings to the Butterfly Data Board in the Visitor Center. 


Thursday, September 7, 5 – 8pm
Bring your pup for a walk in the Garden. Legacy of Hope Dog Rescue will be on hand with pups looking for their forever homes. Free for Garden members and member dogs; Regular admission and $4 per dog for non-members. 

Saturday, September 9, 10am

Sandra Schwinn will give a family-friendly presentation looking at caterpillars and their amazing life cycle turning into butterflies. Look for some caterpillars in the Children’s Discovery Garden with her. Kids can make a butterfly craft directly after the program. Free with admission. 


Thursday, September 14, 5 – 8pm
Channel your creativity by making a nature collage sun catcher. Sample some hibiscus tea during this drop-in activity for all ages. Materials fee $2 for members; $3 for non-members. 

Sunday, September 17, 2pm 

Sandra Schwinn will talk about the migration of monarch butterflies and the importance of Oklahoma along their migration route. She will share information on what is being learned about the monarch population in Oklahoma and ways people can help. Sandra will share information on the Monarch Watch program and if possible, demonstrate how to tag monarch butterflies to help in their study. Free with admission. 

Thursday, September 21, 6pm
Celebrate International Peace Day by finding your inner peace in a yoga session led by Rachel Calvert from 6 to 7pm. All ages can stop in and create a craft using peaceful words and pictures from 5 to 8 pm.

Friday, September 22

Think outside the overalls! Get in the spirit of fall by participating in a Garden tradition. This is your chance to display your creativity in the Garden’s annual Scarecrow Show. Registration is open to anyone. It is a perfect activity to do as a group OR as an individual. The sky is the limit as far as what you can do… think BIG, think small, think old, young, human and non-human, traditional and original, old-school and new-school. Use your IMAGINATION!

Thursday, September 28, 10:30am-12:00pm

Brie Arthur will be at the Tulsa Botanic Garden for meet and greet and book signing on Thursday, September 28. Copies of her book will be available for sale in the gift shop.
Thursday, September 28, 6pm
Escape to the Garden for an evening of music with Tulsa singer/songwriter Erin O’Dowd starting at 6pm. Lola’s Caravan food truck will have food available starting at 5pm. Beer and wine will also be available for purchase (no outside alcohol permitted). 


Saturday, September 30, 10:30am-12pm
Through the ages of printed literature, poetry has maintained a deep, intrinsic connection with nature, gardens, and all forms of art, drawing on comparisons between the world of nature and the human experience to better understand our modern life. The lush backdrop of the A.R. and Marylouise Tandy Floral Terraces will provide the perfect setting for brunch and a talk by Sarah Stecher as she shares the music, humor and insights waiting for readers of modern poetry. Reservations are required.

Tulsa Botanic Garden is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10am to 5pm, and Thursday evenings from 5pm to 8pm. Watch the calendar for special events and times! (You can also follow us on Facebook for event updates and more.) 

Admission prices are FREE for Garden members; $8 for ages 13+; $4 for ages 3–12. Children 2 and under are free. For map/directions, click here. For more information call 918-289-0330.