October 18, 2011

OJB Staff Attends Oklahoma City's Festival On The Green

OJB staff were pleased to attend OKC's Festival On The Green, an event celebrating the grand re-opening of Myriad Botanical Gardens. Organized by Devon Energy and the Myriad Gardens Foundation, the Festival included a dedication ceremony, country music artist Pat Green as well as independent artists from Oklahoma, opera, interpretive dance, storytelling, gymnastics, Shakespeare, ballet, theatre, a farmer's market, orchid sale, remote controlled boat cruises, a pumpkin patch, art lessons, educational activities, face painting, magicians, clowns, pet adoption and more!

Opened in 1988, the 15-acre Myriad Botanical Gardens is an integral component in the downtown fabric of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Funded by TIF district proceeds related to the construction of the adjacent Devon Energy World Headquarters, the City of Oklahoma City hired the Office of James Burnett to develop a design that improves pedestrian circulation, increases visibility and provides additional areas for programmed activity while respecting the many specimen trees on site.

Arriving at the newly-renovated Crystal Bridge tropical conservatory, visitors to the park meander through a variety of specialty botanical gardens before grabbing a coffee at the cafe, enjoying a meal at the restaurant or watching a performance on the great lawn. New public promenades and a series of flexible garden spaces support the expanded program of Oklahoma City's annual Festival of the Arts. An expansive children's garden, a dog park and art installations throughout the park ensure that the gardens offer something for everyone.