Recently, I went in the heart of the business district in OKC all dressed up. City people, cars, noise and bustle. Multiple church carillons chime on the hour. I, the usual casually dressed commuter cyclist was in business attire. Suit, black trenchcoat and hair flowing.
Unfettered adult time.
As I left my primary destination, the Courthouse, I wanted to get a closer look at the Devon Energy Building as I had not been inside to see the (8) multi-story glass atrium. If you haven’t seen the Devon giant ( 1 story) Christmas Tree Ornaments outside and the Giant Pinecones inside, worth a peek and the building is open to the public during business hours.
A friend suggested I also see the South side of the Devon property, so I did. I traveled on across the street. The wind blew and blew and blew. The Myriad Gardens seasonal gem of winter The Devon Skating Rink, which is sometimes up and sometimes down due to fluctuating temperatures. Down that day. Back thru the gardens.
There, I met John.
On a hill.
It wasn’t clandestine or planned meeting or such. But it was fortuitous. John opened my eyes to something I’ll never forget.
John is a horticulturalist at the Myriad Gardens. John was digging away at a rather large hole in some very wintry, windy Oklahoma weather the other day. Two very large sacks of bulbs were laying beside the hole, so I asked him what color the bulbs were going to bloom.John identified the bulbs were Daffodils, and would bloom in shades of yellow. John then proceeded to to explain that these sacks were the last of the bunch of a planned planting of the hills of the Myriad Gardens. 25,000 to be exact.
25,000 to mark 25 years. These bulbs, which naturalize, ( that means they self-propigate and make more and more and more over time) will eventually like carpet cover the still relatively new and with limited landscaping properties in color. Rolling hills of yellow come Spring. For years. Beautiful.
The bulbs, per John, have been planted by staff, but also by volunteers. Jessica Bulleigh is the volunteer coordinator, and offers year round projects for persons of all ages. If you are interested in learning more about volunteering, please contact Jessica at email@example.com or by calling (405) 445-7087 or Christine Eddington firstname.lastname@example.org.
A standing 2 hour volunteer shift time at the Myriad Gardens is 9am and again at 12pm Monday through Friday. Other volunteer times can be arranged as needed, and group volunteer projects can also be provided. No special skills or tools are needed. This is an all ages and abilities gig. The Myriad Gardens themselves are designed for all levels of mobility, and if interested in that option for volunteering, add that when you inquire.
The 25th Anniversary grant for the bulbs is managed by the Myriad Gardens Foundation Development Director, Kelley Barnes, at email@example.com (405) 445-7090 Financial donations to the Myriad Gardens Foundation can be made by texting the word GREEN to 20222.
As for me and John. Well, that was a onetime thing.
But as a native of Oklahoma City, I can recall as a High School Senior in 1980 coming together with other OKCPS Seniors for a Youth Day with the Oklahoma City Council. Together, we stood on the completely bare and dusty manmade hills (berms were new) that surrounded the original Botanical Tube site ooking in wonder at the architectural prints for it, prior to it’s emergence. Together, considering a new green space in OKC and city planning in an age of change.
The Oklahoma City Myriad Gardens since has invented and now reinvented itself as a delightful place for all ages and all seasons of activities.