Published on: September 13, 2022

September brings fall and the start of our annual Autumn in the Botanic Garden festival with thousands of pumpkins and squash (10 different varieties!) available for purchase, a hay maze, and creative scarecrows on display created by the community and voted on by visitors!  Bands & Blooms on Thursday evenings will feature live music from 6 to 8 p.m. drinks and food.  Thursdays evenings in October will feature BOO-tanical Bands & Blooms with a trick-or-treating trail in the Garden to interactive, fun, educational stations (additional fee for trick-or-treating) 

Calling All Scarecrows!  – Registration for our annual Scarecrows in the Garden is open now through Sept. 12.  Great for artists, businesses, groups, schools, scouts, families, organizations – anyone! Create a scarecrow for display in the Garden during Autumn in the Botanic Garden, (Sept. 22-Oct. 30). Get creative!  Scarecrow drop off dates are Sept. 16, 17 & 19.  See details and register! 

Thursday, September 1, 6 p.m.: Wine and Dine with the Royal Chef
Dust off your ascots & tiaras and join us for a four-course wine dinner prepared by Chef Darren McGrady, the former chef to the British Royal Family. Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy the Royal Family’s favorite dishes and hear Chef McGrady share memories of his time as the Royal Chef to Princess Diana. Learn More >>>

Friday, September 2, 1 p.m.: First Friday Horticulture Tour
Join a horticulturist for a tour in the Garden. Free with admission, but pre-register for tour here.

Saturday, September 3, 9-10 a.m.: Hummingbird Walk
Horticulturist and hummingbird enthusiast Robert Perry will lead a morning stroll to visit pollinator hangouts and share ways to bring more winged friends to your garden. Ticket includes 2 pollinator plants: Catmint and Agastache. Member: $40; Non-member: $45 

Saturday, September 3, 11 a.m.: Tree Fort Storytime – “Wiggly Worms”
Meet in the shade of our Tree Fort in the Children’s Discovery Garden as staff will share the book “How to Say Hello to a Worm”. Kids can hold worms and take a look inside of a mini worm composting bin. Free with admission.

Saturday, September 3, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.: World Beard Day
In celebration of World Beard Day, any guest with a beard will receive half price admission.

Monday, September 5, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.: OPEN on Labor Day!

First responders and healthcare workers receive free admission with work ID and their accompanying family members receive half-price admission. Show work ID at the door. 

Saturday, September 10, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.: Second Saturday Dog Day
Dog Days are special days when your four-legged family member can join you for a walk in the Garden. From 10 to 1, Puppy Haven Rescue, Pet Supplies Plus and TCC Vet. Tech Program will be here. Free for Garden members and their dogs. Non-members: regular admission and dogs will be free.

Sunday, September 11, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.: Grandparents’ Day
Grandparents get in free with a paid parent or child admission.

September 12: SCARECROW REGISTRATION DEADLINE, Drop-off: Sept. 16, 17 & 19

Tuesday, September 13, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.: International Chocolate Day
In celebration of International Chocolate Day, each guest will receive a piece of chocolate at admission.

Saturday, September 17, 10:30 a.m.-noon: Q & A with a Beekeeper|
Meet a local beekeeper and see bees up close in an observation hive. Learn more about how hives are managed and honey is harvested. Honey will be available for tasting. Local honey in our gift shop will be 20% off. Members: $5; Non-members: Ages 16+: $15; Ages 3-15:$10 includes admission. Details and tickets>>

Sunday, September 18, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.: CELEBRATE 918 Day! 
Admission for two people will be $9.18. Take a picture with our 918 photo stop. 

Thursday, September 22-Sunday, October 30: Autumn in the Botanic Garden
Daily: Explore the hay maze, pumpkin patch (pumpkins available for sale) and creative scarecrows; vote for your favorite scarecrow. Pick up a fall-themed scavenger hunt for kids.
Thursdays, 6-8 p.m.: Bands & Blooms featuring live music, drinks and food, including local ice cream cart Cherry & Bark, available for sale. Bring chairs or blanket. Thursdays in October will include trick-or-treating and costume contests in addition to live music.  Bands & Blooms are supported in part by Oklahoma Arts Council and National Endowment for the Arts.

Thursday, September 22, 6-8 p.m.: Bands & Blooms: Annie Ellicott
Enjoy opening night of Autumn in the Botanic Garden with jazz vocalist and songwriter Annie Ellicott.

Tuesday, September 27, 7-10 a.m.: Members’ Early Morning
Garden members can enjoy the Garden in the earlier, cooler hours of the morning! Log in to reserve your tickets here>>

Thursday, September 29, 6-8 p.m.: Bands & Blooms: Two Crows for Comfort
Music duo Two Crows for Comfort, winners of the 2021 Roots Artist of the Year at the Manitoba Country Music Awards, will share their soulful folk-roots music. 


GARDEN HOURS: Tues.-Sun., 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. ; Thursdays, Sept. 22-Oct. 27, open until 8 p.m. 

ADMISSION: Advance tickets (best price): $8 for ages 16+,  $4 for ages 3-15. Kids 2 and under free, but ticket required. 
At the Door: If available, tickets at the door are $10 (16+), $5 (ages 3-15). 

JOIN as a Member for free general admission, discounts on programs and more. Details >>