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:

July

11 a.m., July 7

Seed Sowing

Tomatoes, cabbage, and broccoli, oh my! Learn how to sow vegetable plants for the coming fall and sow your own using an upcycled plastic bottle. Included with general admission.

11 a.m., July 14

Division

It’s the great divide! Learn about division, an asexual propagation technique. Included with general admission.

11 a.m., July 21

Summer Garden Tour

Time to get your steps in! Take a walking tour of the gardens with our grounds team and learn all about what’s growing on! Included with general admission.

August

11 a.m., Aug. 11

Fall Vegetable Sowing

Observe and ask questions as gardens staff sow the museum's fall vegetable garden! We'll plant lettuce, cucumber, lima beans, winter squash, carrots, radish, cabbage, and broccoli. Included with general admission.

11 a.m., Aug 18

Summer Garden Tour

Time to get your steps in! Take a walking tour of the gardens with our grounds team and learn all about what’s growing on! Included with general admission.

September

11 a.m., Sept. 1

Fall Vegetable Planting

Follow along as our gardens team plants our fall vegetable garden! They'll plant the seeds sown in August for a fall harvest — lettuce, cucumber, lima beans, winter squash, carrots, radish, cabbage, and broccoli. Included with general admission.

11 a.m., Sept. 8

End-Of-Summer Garden Tour

Time to get your steps in! Take a walking tour of the gardens with our grounds team and learn all about what’s growing on! Included with general admission.  

11 a.m., Sept. 15

End-Of-Summer Garden Tour

Time to get your steps in! Take a walking tour of the gardens with our grounds team and learn all about what’s growing on! Included with general admission.

9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sept. 29

Tinkerfest

Tinkerfest isn't just inside - it covers the entire museum and grounds! Join SMO staff and volunteers in the gardens for hands-on tinkering activities and lessons in sustainability. Learn more about Tinkerfest.

October

10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Oct. 13

Painting Pumpkins

Paint pumpkins in the SMO Gardens! Pumpkins are available while supplies last and are included with general admission. One pumpkin per person, please.

11 a.m., Oct. 20

Bulb Planting

If you want tulips in the spring, fall is the time to plan! Join the SMO gardens team to learn the ins and outs of where and how to plant bulbs for spring color. Included with general admission.

11 a.m., Oct. 27

Fall Garden Tour

Time to get your steps in! Take a walking tour of the gardens with our grounds team and learn all about what’s growing on! Included with general admission.