Myriad Botanical Gardens

  • Location
    Oklahoma City, OK
  • Completion Date
    October, 2011
  • Size
    15 acres
  • Team
    Architect: Gensler; Frankfurt Short Bruza Associates
    Civil Engineer: Cardinal Engineering
    Structural Engineer: Thornton Tomasetti
    MEP Engineer: Alvine Engineering
    Lighting Designer: Fisher Marantz Stone
    Irrigation Designer: Sweeney & Associates
    Water Feature Designer: Fluidity Design Consultants; Pacific Aquascape
    Signage + Wayfinding Designer: Dyal and Partners
    Murase Associates
    Endrestudio
    Robert Birchell & Associates
    Mike Schnelle, Ph.D.
    Mary Irish
  • Awards
    • 2015: ULI Urban Open Space Award – Myriad Botanical Gardens
    • 2012: ASLA San Diego Chapter Award for Myriad Botanical Gardens
  • Photography
    Marion Brenner, David Cobb, Nathan Elliott, Doug Hoke, Zach Nash, Carl Short

About

The renovation of Myriad Botanical Gardens is a key component in Oklahoma City’s commitment to public accessibility in the downtown core. Long envisioned as the cultural center of downtown, the gardens slowly grew by accretion, with the signature Crystal Bridge Conservatory opening in 1985. This piecemeal growth led to issues with safety, flooding and access.

By creating porous access along the street edges and an intensive water control framework, the gardens have been reimagined. Over 300 high-value specimen trees were preserved, and a renovated central lake controls stormwater and supplements irrigation. Permeable and inviting along its edges, the garden draws visitors onto a tree-lined promenade that loops through botanical plantings around the lake’s upper rim. Quiet, shaded berms to the northwest overlook the 28,000 SF Great Lawn and a sculptural bandshell. To the west, a grove of sycamores trees buffers the street while providing flexible garden space. To the south, an interactive water feature marks the entry to a children’s garden that balances active play with natural learning. A dog park, a fountain plaza, and a restaurant with outdoor dining enliven the eastern portion of the site.

Since its reopening in 2011, the park has welcomed more than a million visitors annually and catalyzed downtown economic development, earning it an Urban Land Institute Urban Open Space Award.

Extensive programming by the Myriad Garden Foundation utilizes the park’s garden rooms year-round for concerts and plays, weddings and galas, sports and fitness events.

Children’s play areas are focused on exploration and celebration, including water and climbing features that encourage active play.

Permeable and inviting along its edges, the Garden draws visitors onto a tree-lined promenade that loops through botanical plantings around the lake’s upper rim.

In order to maximize funding potential, a private / public partnership was formed so that the nonprofit Myriad Botanical Gardens Foundation could take on the management and direct earned revenue to ensure financial stability and raise funds needed to maintain the space throughout the year.

Stormwater is redirected on the site to a renovated central lake. This allows for moments throughout the park to celebrate the movement of water across rocks and plants.

Myriad Botanical Gardens in the Lab

Myriad Botanical Gardens

Myriad Botanical Gardens

  • PLANTING
  • WATER
  • CARBON, ENERGY + AIR
  • SOCIAL

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trees on site include Shumard oaks, American sycamore, bald cypress, allee elms, river birch, Chinese pistache, American holly, and bur oak

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of surfaces are permeable

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of annual carbon sequestration from new trees, which is equivalent to a standard car driving 111,003 miles

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people per year visit the site, creating jobs and suporting the local economy

PLANTING

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trees on site include Shumard oaks, American sycamore, bald cypress, allee elms, river birch, Chinese pistache, American holly, and bur oak

WATER

0%

of surfaces are permeable

CARBON, ENERGY + AIR

0lbs

of annual carbon sequestration from new trees, which is equivalent to a standard car driving 111,003 miles

SOCIAL

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people per year visit the site, creating jobs and suporting the local economy