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:

February

11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Feb. 2

Pre-Emergent Application

Join the SMO staff to learn how to apply pre-emergent to your lawn and prevent warm-season weeds. Included with general admission.

11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Feb. 9

Cool-Season Vegetable Seeding

Join the SMO gardens team as they seed cool-season vegetables like cabbage and broccoli. Included with general admission.

11 a.m. to 12 p.m., Feb. 16

Vegetable Gardening

It’s time to start the vegetable garden! Join the SMO gardens team as they plant potatoes, onions, turnips, spinach, carrots, lettuce, and peas. Included with general admission.

1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Feb. 16

Terrarium Workshop

Join us for a special What's Growing On? to design and build your very own terrarium on Saturday, Feb. 16 at 1 p.m.! Guests will explore the science behind plant propagation and learn why plants lean towards the light and form roots in the shade. Your terrarium will be filled with plants that can be used as stock plants so that you can flex your newly acquired propagation skills.

$40 for one guest to build one terrarium or $50 for two guests to build one terrarium. Workshop price includes museum admission.

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11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Feb. 23

Native Wildflower Seed Bombs

March is the best time to seed most wildflowers – join the SMO gardens team to get ready for spring and make seed bombs! Included with general admission.

March

11 a.m. to 2 p.m., March 9

Seeding Radish

Our spring vegetable garden is taking root! Join the SMO Gardens team as they plant radish.

11 a.m. to 2 p.m., March 16

Tomatoes and Pumpkins

Our spring vegetable garden is taking root! Join the SMO Gardens team as they transplant tomato and pumpkin.

11 a.m. to 2 p.m., March 23

Drip Irrigation and Native Gardening

Let’s talk water conservation! Learn how to convert a pop-up irrigation system to a more efficient drip irrigation system.

11 a.m. to 2 p.m., March 30

Garden Tours

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!

April

11 a.m. to 2 p.m., April 13

Vegetable Gardening

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

11 a.m. to 2 p.m., April 20

Earth Day Celebration

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

11 a.m. to 2 p.m., April 27

Planting Annuals

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